DIY Paw Print Keepsake

Paw Prints Pressed in Dough DIY

Can’t get enough of your pet’s paws? Turn their paw print into an ornament or keepsake with this easy DIY using 3 ingredients you already have in your pantry! 

To make a cat paw print or a dog paw print you’ll need:


  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Parchment paper
  • Optional: decorations like glitter, paint or ribbon

Step 1: Mix

Mix your salt and flour, then pour in the water. Stir to combine until firm. Form the dough into a ball with your hands. Add more water or flour as needed. The dough should have a malleable, play-doh like texture and hold together.

Important note: this dough is for craft purposes only and should not be ingested by pet! Do not let your pet be a taste tester along the way.

Step 2: Roll & Cut

Roll out your dough between two pieces of parchment paper using a rolling pin. You’ll want these to be about ½ inch thick. Using a cookie cutter or inverted glass, cut your dough into circles or into shapes of your choosing. Combine the excess dough into another ball and repeat this process until all dough has been used.

Step 3: Get Your Cat or Dog's Paw Print

Place your trimmed circles on a flat surface like a plate lined with parchment paper or a small cutting board. Firmly press your pet’s paw into the dough and hold for a couple of seconds. For the clearest imprint, try to encourage your pet to be as still as possible. Once complete, be sure to wipe their paws off with a damp cloth.

If you’d like to add extras to your paw print, here are a few optional add-ons:

  • You can poke a hole using a straw to allow a string to be fed through to hang once complete
  • You can write your pet’s name or add designs around the edges using a toothpick
  • You can use leaves or pinecones to imprint additional patterns along the edges for a botanical feel

Step 4: Bake

You can set these aside for a couple of days to air dry or speed up the process, place them in the oven at 350 degrees F for 20 – 30 minutes. Remove and let cool. 

Step 5: Decorate

You can leave the ornaments as they are for a natural look, or you can opt to paint them, embellish them with glitter or beads.

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