Friday, December 4, 2015

12 Days of Christmas, Day 9, Easy, Outdoorsy Ornaments

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I needed a little more woodsy, a little more nature on my tree so I got crafty.  I love being able to create what I want--so much easier than searching stores for the perfect item and MUCH cheaper!!

When I was a kid one of my favorite Christmas activities was making salt dough ornaments.  Mom would make the dough from flour and salt and we would roll it out, use the Tupperware red cookie cutters, pray the dough would not stick, cut them out, bake them and then paint them. I wanted to make them year after year, and did. 
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These ornaments are reminiscent of those salt dough days--except easier and not as fragile because they are made with Model Magic.

I rolled the dough out and used a small paring knife to cut animal footprints out--deer, bears, fox (?) prints.
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It works best to first cut the footprint and then cut the ornament out--I used a quart jar lid. You can smooth the edges with a little water on your fingertip.
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After the clay was dry I painted the ornaments copper using Matthew Mead's copper paint from Fusion Mineral Paint.
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I also used the copper paint on pinecones that I hot glued some jute to to hang them.
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And I painted some feathers with the copper as well.  I love these--they add a lot to the tree. They were very quick and look like something from a high end boutique.
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I will be sharing the whole tree along with the rest of holiday home decor this Sunday evening.  
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Check out these cute and easy ornaments from Knick of Time!


  1. hi becky! these ornaments are lovely, and your tree is so festive and beautiful! happy holidays! xo

  2. I love the finished product of the paw print. Can't wait to try this.


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