Salt Dough Footprint Paperweight…

I came across this lovely idea for creating a Salt Dough Footprint Keepsake and thought that it would be a lovely birthday present for my Dad.

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Making the salt dough was extremely easy and I had a willing volunteer ready to provide a tiny footprint!

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I took half of the salt dough mixture and moulded into the desired shape on a piece of greaseproof paper.  I then pushed Oscar’s foot down into the dough and lifted it out relatively quickly to keep the footprint as defined as possible.

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I baked my salt dough paperweight in the oven for approximately 4 hours on a low heat, turning it over half-way through the cooking time.

Once my salt dough had cooled it was time to paint it.  I chose a bright yellow acrylic paint which was really easy to apply and dried in a couple of hours.

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I was so pleased with the finished product and placed it inside a tissue-paper lined box ready to be posted back to the UK.

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I also wrote a little birthday message on the back of the paperweight with a permanent marker.

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I used a white liquid-ink pen to decorate the box.  I absolutely love these black cardboard gift boxes, which come in a variety of sizes, as they are so easy to decorate and it really adds a special touch.

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I would like to make some salt dough handprint and footprint keepsakes for both boys but I think I will struggle to get Sebastian to participate!  They are so simple and cheap to make, and are a lovely reminder of how tiny your children’s feet once were.  I might even try to make some more this week as a Father’s Day present for Mr G!

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Project Mum Learns to Sew!

Before it gets too late to talk about Christmas, I just wanted to write a blog about my recent accomplishment in the world of sewing!

I am sure I must have been taught how to sew when I was at school but the skill has totally evaded me for the last 15 years!  Mr G even resorted to bribing a good friend of ours with a bottle of red wine in exchange for them repairing a hole in Mr G’s favourite shorts!

When I came across these ‘sew your own’ kits from paper-and-string, I thought it would be a great way to learn some basic sewing skills….how hard could it be?!!

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The kit was excellent for an absolute beginner like myself and the only thing I needed to buy was a needle and thread (although I must confess to watching a You Tube video on how to thread a needle).

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In fact, I was so pleased with the results that I decided to make felt Christmas decorations for all of our family and friends as a gift from Sebastian!

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I jumped onto the Internet to buy felt squares, brads, ribbon and stuffing.  I also ordered some personalised fabric labels to sew on the back of the decorations.  Once everything had arrived, I was ready to get sewing!

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I made the decorations in batches of 10 to make it more manageable…I actually found it incredibly therapeutic to sew in the evenings as it provided me with a rare opportunity to focus on one thing and one thing only!

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I found some small cellophane bags in our local newsagent and after placing the decorations inside, I scattered in some red snowflake confetti.  The decorations were nice and light for posting back to relatives in the UK…

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I made some for the babies in my Mothers’ Group and put the cellophane bags inside simple red paper bags…

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And after mastering the basics of sewing, I am now the proud owner of a sewing kit!

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I was even able to sew a button on one of Mr G’s shirts…surely I am the complete housewife package now?!!

I really enjoyed this little craft project and I think felt decorations are a great gift idea – it might even become a Grose family Christmas tradition to add a new homemade felt decoration to the tree each year!

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