Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We had a great time visiting with family and eating way too much. This being my little bug’s first holiday season, it is a pretty big deal to me. I want to make all her first memorable and special. Handmade keepsakes, for me, complement photos. I made a blanket, and her little costume, for her first Halloween that she could use for her first trip to Boo at the Zoo.

I have loved hand turkeys forever. There is just something about this Thanksgiving classic that is just the cutest thing to me. That is why I chose this as her Thanksgiving keepsake.

Salt Dough Hand Turkeys

·         Salt dough
·         Your little one’s hand
·         Paint
·         Clay tools (these can vary depending on what embellishments you want to do)
·         Oven

1.       Start out with mixing up your salt dough. Combine 1 cup salt with 2 cups all-purpose flour. Kneed in a cup of warm water and work until dough is smooth.

2.       Flatten dough to be about half an inch thick and help your little one press their hand into desired spot. You can also use tools that would normally be used with polymer or air dry clay to embellish your piece. Here I have used letter stamps to add the wording.

3.       Bake your piece for 45 minutes at 325F. For thicker pieces, more time may be needed. You will want to check your turkey every little bit to make sure that it is not warping. Let it cool completely. 

4.       Decorate your turkey and enjoy.

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