Every December we look for fun Christmas dates and activities. It’s always a bonus when we can incorporate the dogs into whatever we’re doing. Here I’m going to walk you through how we did our DIY paw print ornaments so maybe you can make some too! 🙂
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
Optional: Glitter, sharpie, and a straw to make your ribbon hole.
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 225 F.
In a bowl, mix together the hot water, salt, and flour. Kneed it with your hands until it forms a ball. Start off with the cup of flour, but if it’s too sticky feel free to add some more flour as you form the ball.
- Roll out the dough until it is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick.
- You can keep your dough together or section it into pieces which I find easier to get your dog’s print. Wipe off your dog’s paw and then gently press it into the center of your dough to make the paw imprint. Since most dog’s don’t like their paws being touched like this, use treats as a bribe 😉
Get a cup or small bowl to cut the ornament circle with your dog’s print in the middle. Use a straw or some other small object to create a hole for the ribbon.
- Carefully transfer the circles to your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. We got our dog prints with the dough already on the parchment, so for the ones we didn’t feel like we could safely pull off, we just cut around.
Bake for 2-3 hours until they are solid and dried out.
- Once they are done and have completely cooled, break out the paint! This is where you can get creative and do whatever you want. Decorate your paw print ornament and then set aside to dry. When dry, tie a ribbon through the hole. We also wrote our dog’s names and the year on the ornaments right before hanging.
- Hang your ornament and admire your work! Just remember, even though these are salty, they are technically edible. Keep them high enough so your dogs can’t get them.
Now it’s time for us to decorate the rest of the tree…
Hope you have as much fun as we did!
Thanks for reading,
Miranda + Loki