Can’t get enough of your pet’s paws? Make an imprint of them using just a few ingredients you likely have in your pantry. This is a simple, easy craft to try out that can keep you and your pet busy while spending time at home this winter!
Here’s what 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: Imprint
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 imprint, 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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