I have a confession to make. I love shopping. I can unapologetically admit that I love it. I'm a guy that loves shopping. It doesn't matter if it's clothes, shoes, appliances, gadgets.... if they sell it, I like buying it. There's just something fun and sublimely gratifying about getting anything new. I know you guys agree right?! In fact, I don't get how anyone doesn't like shopping. How can you not??? OK sure, I can definitely understand the frustration this time of year. The eight weeks between Halloween and Christmas definitely aren't for the faint of heart when it comes to shopping. Fighting for a parking space, which most likely is no less than a quarter mile away, isn't something everyone's up for.
So for all of you non-shopaholics out there this next craft tutorial is perfect you. I'm going to make it super easy for you to find all of your supplies. In fact, you're going to be able to purchase everything you need right at your local Stop & Shop or Food Giant. We're actually going make two projects that are perfect for all of you pet lovers, a 100% all natural paw print impression ornament and a completely stocked up gift basket specifically for the cat lovers. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what you'll need to make this all natural pet-friendly ornament and holiday gift basket.
As promised, you can pick up all of these supplies while you're out and about doing your weekly grocery shopping. You can find everything for your paw print ornament AND your pet lover's gift basket at the same store. I mean who has time to make separate stops at different specialty pet stores? Everything you need can be found right at Stop & Shop or Giant Food!
For my ginormous gift basket, I chose some of my cat's favorite products. He absolutely LOVES Fancy Feast broth packets. He would eat them all day if I'd let him. He also loves this new item by Purina, DentaLife treats. These treats are great because he love them AND they help with his oral care. I also like to give him a mix of both wet and dry food. You can pick up a box of 24 cans of Fancy Feast canned food add to your gift basket as well as a bag of dry food. Oh and definitely don't forget the kitty litter. Any cat owner will tell you it's most important. I chose to use Tidy Cats® Lightweight. Let me tell you, this stuff is amazing. First of all, it weighs next to nothing which is perfect for my gift basket. It is completely low maintenance and smells totally fresh; it's the one in the commercials with the TidyLock™ Protection to prevent Stank Face!!!
Now that you have everything you need for your gift basket, head on over to the baking aisle where you can pick up the supplies you need for the ornaments!
- 1 C Baking Soda
- 1/2 C Cornstarch
- 3/4 C Water
- Matte Finish Decoupage Medium
- Martha Stewart Crafts Paint in Gold
- Circle Cookie Cutter
- Clear Acrylic Script Stamp Set
Making your all-natural air clay couldn't be easier. I love the fact that it's completely safe for pets especially cats. Any residue left on your pet's paws won't be an issue if he or she accidentally ingests it. I love that. So let's get right to it.
Add baking soda, corn starch and water to a saucepan over medium-low heat.
Quickly bring to a boil while whisking everything together.
Turn off heat and stir until mixture resembles thick whipped potatoes.
Spoon onto cutting board sprinkled with corn starch. Once mixture cools it should begin to resemble store-bought clay.
Use right away or keep in an airtight ziplock bag for up to a week.
Flatten the clay into 1/4 inch pattie. To get a paw print from your furry friend, place clay on a plate and gently press their paw into the clay. What I really love about this homemade clay is the fact that it's so soft which makes it a lot easier to get the paw impression.
Use the clear acrylic stamps to spell out your pet's name. You may want to practice on a scrap piece of clay first to get the spacing right.
Use the cookie cutter to achieve a perfect circle.
Remember to create a hole for the ornament to hang from.
Let the clay dry overnight on a cookie rack. Brush decoupage sealer onto the imprinted side. This will seal the clay for painting and help to avoid splitting or cracking.
After the decoupage medium is fully dry you can paint over it with acrylic paint.
To get the paint into the grooves and crevices of the name, "press" it into the stamped letters and quickly wipe off excess with a damp sponge.
Now you just need to use jute or twine to hang your ornament! How easy was that!
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