2017 Holiday Keepsake Ornament
I wanted to create an ornament with Ginger’s paw prints as a keepsake. I ended up purchasing the Sculpey Keepsake Kit.
The kit includes 5 pieces, the putty, circle cutter, roller, red ribbon and easy to follow instructions.
Everything is well packaged in the box and there’s even a cute picture of what looks like a Labrador retriever.
We first took the clay out of the packaging and rolled it to thin it out. Make sure it’s not too thin your pet’s nails can cut through the dough. One you have a smooth surface just take your pets paw and gently press into the clay making an imprint. If you find that you do not like the imprint you can roll the clay again and start over. We had to do it twice as I didn’t even out the pressure the first time.
Once you’re satisfied with the imprint make sure you poke a hole at the top of the ornament for the ribbon.
Once you have the desired look, just take the cutter and cut around the imprint. With the modeling tool you can write your pet’s name, the year or any other information you would like on the ornament.
Pre-heat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Once your design is completed place the ornament on a baking sheet and bake it for 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes remove it from the oven and let it cool off. You will notice that with the baking process the ornament will harden. Once the ornament has cooled off, you can run the red ribbon through the hole and make a bow.
You can either leave the ornament as is or you can be creative and paint it or add glitter.
The instructions suggest that you can add glitter glue for sparkle. You can use red and green acrylic paint to make it more festive. You can even use your pets tag in the ornament, by pushing the metal tag into the impression medium before baking.
I absolutely loved this kit, I especially love that the clay is non-toxic making it safe for your pet and your child as well if you decide to have them help.
The dough was also smooth after the baking process so the ornament did not crack.
The kit includes a large amount of clay that can allow you to make up to two ornaments. Because we had extra, we used it to make an ornament for Cookie who is staying with us while his family is away on vacation. Luckily, I had extra ribbon at home to use for his ornament.
I paid $11.99 for this kit on Amazon, but I’ve seen it sold at PetSmart and Bed Bath and Beyond for $9.99. Unfortunately, they were all sold out when I went to buy it.
I would highly recommend this kit as you can create a beautiful ornament and keep it for years to come.
For more decorating ideas you can also visit www.sculpey.com for additional ornament embellishment ideas with photos.