Nothing is quite as special as the ornament that makes you smile every year as you hang it on the tree. What’s even better is when that ornament commemorates a loved one. With just a few ingredients and an afternoon, you can easily have your very own paw print ornaments to hang on your tree every year.
What You Need:
2 Cups of Flour
1 cup of Salt
1 cup of room temperature water (lukewarm)
Pre-heat oven to 250°
Mix the flour and salt into a bowl, then slowly pour in water as you stir until it’s a dough-like consistency. If it seems too dry add a little bit more water, if it’s too runny then add more flour. Knead the mixture for a few minutes until it is smooth, then roll into a small ball.
Use a roller to flatten the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with foil and press your dog’s foot into the salt dough; and don’t worry, if you don’t like the print you can always roll it back up and try again. Once you have a paw print in the center of the dough you can cut the sides down and make the circle smaller and more define. Then use a straw to make a whole at the top for the string.
Then pop the paw print ornaments into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Times really can vary for this craft depending on your oven and the thickness of our ornament. For Valentine’s Day I did salt dough footprint hearts with my son and it actually took four hours to bake because it was so thick. The trick is to just keep checking it after 30 minutes and make sure it’s completely dry and hardened.
Once it is hardened and cooled you can paint the ornament with any colors that strike your fancy. However, it does look best when you color the paw a different shade than the background to make it stand out.
After the paint is dry, spray the ornament with a gloss coat to protect it. As soon as the clear coat is dry you can put a ribbon or string through to hole and voilà your paw print ornament is done!