Take a Holiday Pause to Make Holiday Paws Ornaments With Your Family

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Are you shopping for your pets this holiday?

I will join other pet parents in lines for Santa photos and buying holiday themed pet products.

image7Overall spending in the pet industry reached a record $60.28 billion in 2015 and this holiday season will help set another record according to the American Pet Products Association.

It is expected 2016 could close out upwards of $62 billion dollars based on early strong holiday spending.

Pet owners on average will spend $62 on their pets according to PricewaterhouseCoopers ‘ Holiday Outlook report. And millennials are spending even more at an average of $81, projects PwC researchers.

20151213_140520_resizedYou don’t have to spend a lot to include your pets in the celebration.

Paw prints ornaments can be a pet keepsake and holiday ornament.  Making your own ornaments can help bring families together and create memories as you craft your pet keepsakes.

I think the ornaments are easy to make and children can help.

cooking-ornaments2 There should be adult supervision while making since there is heat involved, but parents or grandparents can do the cooking for “Holiday Paws Ornaments.”

Easy DIY Holiday Paws Ornament Recipe

ornament-makingsMix ½ cup cornstarch + 1 cup baking soda in a saucepan. Slowly add ¾ cup of water while stirring. Place on medium heat and stir constantly.

Mixture will thicken, be sure you stir to bottom of the pan.

Once it comes together as a dough ball, let it cool so you can comfortably handle it.

Knead for a minute so it is workable. Cut into pieces, roll into balls and press flat.  Have your pet press paw into dough. Wipe your pet’s paw. The mixture is not toxic. Use a toothpick to make a small hole to hang the ornament.

great-ornBake in a 250 degree oven for 30 minutes on a tray lined with foil or parchment paper. You can paint your pet’s name and outline their paws once ornaments cool….or you can leave plain and add string or ribbon to add to your tree!20151213_140520_resized

Taking time to interact with your pet can be fun and great for you too. Medical research and doctors agree pets can be an instant stress reliever. Not only can pets reduce anxiety, companion animals can improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations.

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