DIY Dog Christmas Ornament Keepsake

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These DIY dog ornaments are perfect for keepsakes. Like most of us dog moms, our dogs are our children and it's exciting to pull out the ornament year after year and see how much they've grown. Or if you're like me pull them out year after year and make fun of the horrible DIY job you've done! Lol. These ornaments by no means turned out perfect (but that's mostly due to my lack of talent in the crafting department). They are uneven, pancakey, and still have a little fur stuck to them! But that's partly why I love them. They definitely have character and you can tell they were homemade with love <3 

Ingredients
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1.5 cups of water

Pretty simple right? 

Steps
- Mix your 3 ingredients
- Knead dough until well combined
- Roll dough out and cut into desired shapes (I did not have any cookie cutters large enough, so I used the rim of a glass kitchen bowl)
- Use a straw or pen cap to make a small hole in the top of your *almost* ornament (this is where your hook will go)
- Press your pets paw into the dough (not too hard, but not too soft - I did it too hard to the first time and had to start all over *face palm*)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes
- Let cool completely and then decorate

 

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Can you tell that Cashs' ornament turned out the worst? He must've just been playing outside because when he pressed his paw he transferred dirt all over it! But that is a very Cash thing to do and I did not have it in me to start all over (again) so I deemed it a fun characteristic and moved on! 

I glued burlap to the back, using Hodge Podge, to even things out. Then I took some festive Christmas ribbon and looped it through the small hole we used to make with the straw/pen cap. Then I used a sharpie to document the year and the pup, I kept things simple. 

Like I said, they're not perfect but I loved how they tuned out. Plus, how easy and inexpensive? I would choose these Christmas ornaments over anything you could find in a store, any day!

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Amberly Lewis