Mermaid Fin Hair Clips and Homemade Biscuits

We are wrapping up the summer this week with mermaid fin hair clips and homemade biscuits!


Mermaid Fin Hair Clips


Materials:

Sequins in many different “mermaid” colors of greens and blues White craft glue Toothpicks Blue craft foam Mermaid tail template (large as as shown) Mermaid tail template (small) Scissors White paper Pencil Plain hair clip Hot glue gun {optional}


Directions:

1. Begin by drawing a mermaid tail shape onto a piece of white paper or print out a mermaid tail template created by contributing writer Janelle. To fit the hair clip, this template is approximately 5 inches across and 2 inches high. For a smaller hair clip, try this small mermaid tail template. These mermaid fin printables include many templates for a group crafting situation.


2. Cut it out to use as a template. Trace the mermaid tail template onto a piece of blue craft foam and cut it out.


3. Starting at the base of the tail, place a thin row of white craft glue with a toothpick. You do not need to use a lot of glue, just a thin layer will work.


4. Place down a row of sequins on the glue you just placed onto the craft foam tail shape. You will continue working in this way, alternating the color of sequins every row or every other row. Let the glue on each row dry completely before starting on the next row, or the sequins will slide around and be hard to work with. To give a scaled tail appearance, overlap the sequins in each row just a bit.


5. Continue to place the sequins in rows until you reach the tips of the tail.


6. Let the tail dry completely, and then attach a hair clip to the back of the foam mermaid tail with craft glue, or a hot glue gun if you prefer. It is easier to use a hot glue gun, and it makes for a more sturdy hold, but if you do not have one, craft glue will work.


See full instructions, including pictures, here!





Homemade Biscuits


Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 12

Calories: 246kcal


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

  • 3/4 cup COLD butter

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tbsp sugar


Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


2. The secret to excellent biscuits is COLD BUTTER. Really cold. Many times the biscuit dough gets worked so much that the butter softens before the biscuits even go in the oven. Try cutting the butter into small pieces and stick back in the fridge pulling out only when ready to incorporate into the dough.


3. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. 


4. Use a pastry cutter to cut cold butter into flour mixture. Don't go too crazy here - you want to see small, pea-sized pieces of butter throughout the dough. 


5. Add in the milk and egg and mix just until the ingredients are combined. The dough will be sticky but don't keep working it. You should be able to see the butter pieces in the dough.


6. Turn the dough out onto a generously floured surface. Sprinkle some flour on to the top of dough so it won't stick to your fingers and knead 10-15 times. If the dough is super sticky just sprinkle on some additional flour.


7. Pat the dough out to 3/4 - 1 inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter or glass. I ended up with nine this time but depending on who is snacking on biscuit dough, I can get up to 12 biscuits. 


8. Place the biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.


9. For extra yumminess, brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter...


See the full recipe, along with tips and tricks, here!




We hope you have had an awesome summer making some of these crafts and recipes!

Miss Claire

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