Friday, March 11, 2016

How to Make a Salt Dough Paw Print Keepsake #DIY

    It is true that dogs leave paw prints on our hearts, but it is nice to have an actual replica of their paw print to cherish. A fun way to do that is to make a salt dough paw print keepsake
This is a very easy Do-It-Yourself craft.
DIY Salt Dough Paw Print Keepsake with examples
Here is how to make a salt dough paw print
Ingredients for salt dough paw print keepsakes. Salt, flour, water, etc.
~Ingredients/Supplies~
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup salt
½ cup water
1 drop food coloring (optional)
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Parchment paper
Rolling pin
Cookie cutter or cup
(Large enough for your dog’s paw to fit in the center)
Straw
Ribbon (¼” width)
Paint Pen

Directions
Dough in a clear bowl with rolling pin
Combine flour and salt in a bowl and stir together. Add water and mix until you can form a ball.

Use a floured rolling pin to flatten dough to approx. ¼” thickness.
Flattened dough with cookie cutter and two designs cut out
Use cookie cutter/cup to cut out a shape.
Human hand pressing dog paw into salt dough for imprint
Gently press your dog’s paw into the dough shape.
Basset Hound paw being imprinted into dough
Use a straw to make a hole for your ribbon before baking.
Bake at 250°F. on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet for
 2~2 ½ hours.
Using paint pen to write dog's names on salt dough paw print keepsake
Let salt dough paw print cool completely. Thread ribbon through the “straw” hole and tie a bow.
Use a paint pen to write your dog’s name on your ornament.
That’s it, your dog paw print keepsake is ready to hang on your wall.
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52 comments :

  1. This is so awesome! I've been wanting to do this sort of project for a while now!

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  2. This is adorable, they'd be especially cute for Christmas! Looks so easy, too.

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  3. These seemed to be a really popular craft back around Christmas time. I've been meaning to try making them myself but haven't tried it yet. Yours came out really well! In the past I bought kits to take impressions of my dog's paws, but this seems so much cheaper and easy too!

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  4. That's a good idea. Did the pups want to eat their creations?

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  5. Great idea!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  6. No eating, Bella et al! Those salt doughs are bad bad bad for puppies to swallow. This is a super cute idea without having to spend lots of money buying a kit from the store. It's also a fun and simple project you can do with your children. They'd make great entertainment at a Christmas party with your pet-owning friends.

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  7. That's a super idea! And this art pieces are nearly furever... my mom made one as she was a little girl and my granny still has it on her wall :o)

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  8. we will be trying this one - thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Careful, boys...the home police now have your paw prints on file!

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  10. I love this! It's something I've always wanted to do and now I have no excuse! Thanks for sharing, they came out great!!

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  11. We absolutely love this!!! We're going to make these and share them with our little human nieces and nephews!!

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  12. Love this idea! These would make great Christmas ornaments :)

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  13. What a great idea. I always avoid baking, but this is something I have to try. It would make great Christmas ornaments too.

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  14. We have those for our Benny boy
    Lily & Edward

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  15. These are SOOOOO fun to do... BUTT REMEMBER... never get them even DAMP once they are finished...

    Our mom used to make these fur her Students... Hand Prints... to give on Mother's Day...

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  16. I totally love this project! It's a great keepsake and an adorable way to trim the Christmas tree. ღ

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  17. Great idea, and have copied recipe for future use, thanks xx

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  18. WE like this idea!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  19. OMD, I love, love, LOVE this project!! It's super simple, I've always wanted one of these paw print discs. I can't wait to make mine, thanks!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  20. What a cool idea! And we know they'd work with cat paws too. :)

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  21. This is great. And we have all the ingredients too! I think they would make lovely ornaments.

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  22. That is so cool, and so simple...I need any DIY projects to be simple! LOL I definitely need to do this for the crew.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  23. I am sure my mom would want a paw and nose print!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  24. These are perfect for the Christmas tree - love your handwriting too!

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  25. So awesome! And now that Sinead will let me touch her feet (after MONTHS of training!) it's doable too!

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  26. Oh, I loves this project!!!! And, I thinks even Ma could manage to stir those thingies togethers and make this!!! (though, I would not underestimate her ability to screw thingies up...hehehhe)
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  27. This is a great project. I wish I had done this with my other dogs. You can buy kits for this, but this is just as easy and much less expensive.

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  28. This is Wooftastic! We are going to make a batch & paint them purple for PURPLE DAY! Purple Day Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. I live with canine epilepsy & on March 26th I invite you to wear purple in support of epilepsy awareness.
    HuMom, get the rolling pin out, we're going to do some crafting! :)
    CEO Olivia

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  29. This sounds so easy to do! When we knew Jewel was going to the Bridge, we got out a little paw print kit and tried to get her paw prints. It was a total mess! Thankfully, the vet we went to took Jewel's paw print for us, and it's in her memory box. I'll save this post in my bookmarks so I can try it with Carmine and Milita sometime soon!

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  30. What a cool idea!
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a wonderful weekend...

    Noodle and crew

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  31. What a cute project! And very good instructions.

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  32. Aww! I love these! I've made them with the kids, but now I need to go make some for the animals, too. ~RascalandRocco

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  33. What an excellent project. It looks easy too and we like easy here.

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  34. What a great DIY Project. Looks pretty simple and easy to do. I made them with my kids but that was a long time ago.

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  35. I love this idea. My vet did this for me after Lakota died and it's been a wonderful keepsake to have forever.

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  36. This is cute. I did this at a fundraiser once with Victor ... but the ornament didn't last long before the clay fell apart. :( I've wanted to try it using something more permanent, like cement? I'm not sure what.

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  37. What an awesome keepsake project! I will do this with the hounds!

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  38. how awesome! This would be super cool for Christmas....how about a Christmas tree full of our pets paw prints! LOVE IT> Pinned it so I have it forever!

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  39. Love this! Thank you! Bookmarking to do on a rainy day!

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  40. I wish I'd thought to do this with my cats (prior to Ricky). Must do so with Henry, Reese & Ricky.

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  41. Very cute! I might have to try this with my dogs, although Theo and Nelly hate to have their feet touched. We joke they are ticklish.

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  42. We pinned this so we'd have it for later. We're happy to hear that you like coming to our blog and that it makes you want to get a cat.

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  43. What a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing about how to make such a great keepsake!

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  44. This is such a cute idea! I have used a similar method to make Christmas ornaments before. They turn out really nice. I have found that it is a good idea to put a sealer on them so the don't mold over time.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  45. My mom made these a couple of years ago and it was lots of fun! She even did a print of my nose! :)

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  46. This is an awesome project. I have to make one with my cat!

    Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential

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  47. These are too cool, I've made them already and I like your idea of rolling out the dough as I didn't and I got really thick heavy prints.

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