I have a star theme going on for my Christmas decorations this year, and if you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know that I absolutely adore my cats so I really wanted a way to include them a bit in the festivities. I looked around a lot but didn’t really find anything, until I stumbled across an ornament my mum has that she made out of salt dough and imprinted my brothers feet into when they were babies. Bingo!
It’s super easy to make too, the hardest part was pressing my cats little feet into the dough, though they were very good girls. They didn’t look happy, but they did it! To make the dough all you need is one cup of salt, one cup of flour, one cup of water and half a cup of cinnamon. The cinnamon is optional but it does add a nice smell that I can still pick up on after painting them.
So you mix everything together and roll it out, cut out shapes with a cookie cutter and press your pets feet gently into the dough, and remember to poke a hole in too so that you can hang it. Please don’t force your pet to do this if they really don’t like it or don’t want to do it! It’s a lovely decoration to have but its not worth causing your pet discomfort!!! My cats are chill and let me do it without issue but just please, please don’t cause your pet distress to do this.
Once thats all done you just bake in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for two hours, flipping over part way through. The cinnamon smell hung around my kitchen for ages and smelt very festive and cosy.
I decided to spray paint mine gold to go with the red and gold decorations I have but you can have a lot of fun with them once they’re baked! Get creative and have fun with paints and glitter and whatever else you can find. This would be a great way to keep kids entertained for hours too, and then you’d have a lovely ornament they made for years to come!
I think this is such a cute craft and I love that they won’t go off or get broken so my babies little paws can hang around my house for years to come! Remember, you could do this with any animal so long as they’re comfortable doing it!