Saturday, December 19, 2015

How to Make a Paw Print Keepsake or Ornament (Only 3 Ingredients)

A few days ago, I saw the simplest way to make a DIY Keepsake Paw Print Ornament. And immediately I knew that it was the perfect, almost no-cost way to give a gift from the heart (or to keep the kids happy during the holidays).

Editor Cat has been nudging me to write a Christmas blog post, so she volunteered to help create this pictorial guide.

Flour, Salt, Food Colouring for Salt Dough Ornaments
Editor Cat grabbed flour, salt, food colouring, cookie cutters, and measuring cup

Salt Dough Paw Print Ornament With Red Ribbon

1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 cups salt
food colouring
1 cup water


In a med-large bowl, mix together flour and salt.

salt dough ingredients reading for mixing to make ornaments
TIP: Add a few drops of food colouring to water first
Add a few drops of food colouring to 1 cup of water. 

Note: the video shows food colouring being added later on, but I found the colour to be more uniform if it is added to the water first.

Add coloured water gradually to flour-salt mixture until a doughy ball begins to form.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Then flatten it with your hands.

Salt dough being kneaded to make ornaments

TIP: I used a sheet of wax paper and the side of a glass to roll the dough out. I aimed for dough to be about a 1/3-inch thick.

Easy way to roll out salt dough using wax paper and a glass
Flatten dough by hand or use my wax paper and glass trick / © 2015 RoseWrites

Next, ensure your oven racks are set so that the ornaments will bake in the center and preheat oven to 275 F (135 C).

Pushing cat paw into salt dough to make a keepsake
Editor Cat allowing me to push her paw into salt dough to create a keepsake
© 2015 RoseWrites / All rights reserved 

Editor Cat insisted I gently push her paws into the dough. You could use a round cup to cut out the paw prints or cookie cutters. We tried a few different cookie cutter shapes. 

Using a skewer to create a hold in salt dough for keepsake
Use a cookie cutter, glass, or butter knife to outline paw print and poke a hole

Use a skewer or toothpick (or similar pointy thing) to create a hole for a string (or a nail).

Carefully lift (use a spatula) the paw print shapes onto a parchment paper-lined or foil-lined pan and bake for 10 minutes. Allow the ornaments to cool completely (I propped them up on the sides of forks).

After adding a decorative string, hang your keepsake up on the wall or Christmas tree or place in gift box.

Note: This works well with baby feet too.

Cat Chooses Favorite Salt Dough Paw Print Keepsake
Editor Cat Selects Her Favourite Paw Print Ornament / © 2015 RoseWrites
Editor Cat Puts Paw Print Salt Dough Ornament on Christmas Tree
Editor Cat Puts Paw Print Ornament on Christmas Tree / © 2015 RoseWrites

Wishing You & Yours a Happy Holiday Season. Love, Editor Cat

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