Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Making Father's Day crafts with the kiddos

Father's Day is fast approaching so Tressie and Reagan were wanting to make something for their dad.  I found this tutorial for making a paperweight.   The recipe is very similar to what we used last year to make salt dough ornaments for our Christmas tree.  The girls really enjoyed that so we decided that this would make a perfect project to make for their daddy. The girls chose to do one each with their hand prints.  It didn't come out exactly as planned but they were both happy with the results and I am sure that their Daddy will cherish them.

For each paperweight you need 1/4 cup salt, 1/2 cup flour, and 1/4 cup water.  We made 2 paperweights, so doubled the recipe. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Mix the salt, flour, and water.  Shape the dough into a ball and then flatten on the cookie sheet to about 1/2 inch thickness.  Put your hand print into the dough or whatever design you might choose to do.  Then bake on cookie sheet at 250* for 2-2 1/2 hours until completely dry.

After they completely cooled, the girls painted their paperweights.  Reagan likes to use a lot of paint (she used about half a tube of pink paint just on this paperweight!) so it soaked up into the paperweight and made it puffy and crackled so the hand print was much less defined than it normally would be.  Tressie used a more "normal" amount of paint and hers did not have that problem at all.  We fixed Reagan's by tracing the hand print with a paint marker.  Of course she had to draw on fingernails. :)

They finished them up by adding their name and year on the back.  Now let's just see if they can keep it a surprise until Sunday.  What do you have planned for Father's Day?

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