The Animal Totem Ribbon is a fun and adorable, multi-step project.
This project involves cooking and permanent paint, so adult supervision and interactivity is required. To get started you will have to make some Salt-Dough.
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 3/4 cup water
1. Gather the ingredients and squish them together in a medium sized bowl until everything is combined. You’ll have to push up your sleeves and get your hands dirty for this one!
2. Roll out the dough and cut out your favorite animal shapes with cookie cutters (or whatever is in the Play-Doh bin).
3. Carefully, slide half of a bobby-pin (or paper clip) into the top of the shape, and then place on a cookie sheet.
4. Bake your creations at 350 degrees, for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
5. Let cool, completely.
6. Paint your animals with acrylic paint for a nice, long lasting finish. What about kids? Make sure there is a lot of supervision for young ones, it’s okay to use permanent paints sometimes, as long as there is the proper amount of adult help, and everything is covered up! Note: You could try tempura (or poster) paints, however when we did, the high water content made our baked goods a bit soft again… it dried eventually, but we were not that pleased with the results.
We painted each of our animals with a single, bright color. Once dry, we added eyes (and other tiny details).
7. Let dry, completely.
8. Arrange your creatures, and then, starting with the top, tie them one by one, onto a long piece of colored ribbon. Tie a loop at the top of your totem to hang it up with. **Make this project boy-friendly by using thick string or twine instead of ribbon. Tie big chunky knots and wrap tape around the ends of the string**
9. If you want, you can jazz up your totem by adding some beads, bells, or more ribbon… like us!
Check out the pictures…
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