I love handmade Christmas craft projects and I seen these DIY paw print ornaments made from salt dough on Pinterest and I just had to try it out. I have two gorgeous Patterdale Terriers named Bella and Marley and they are my absolute worlds so I thought it would be a lovely idea to make some Christmas ornaments for my Christmas Tree with their paw prints. If looked after these will last years so they are not only easy to make they are very sentimental too and will allow you to cherish your pooches memory FOREVER. You can paint them any colour you like or glitter them like I did. Please be aware that these salt dough ornaments are toxic to dogs if eaten so make sure to put them high up on your tree so your pooch can’t nibble at them.
Here’s my babies:
Salt Dough Ornament Ingredients:
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup flour (I used plain flour)
- 1/2 cup water
- Straw or pen for punching a hole at the top
You Will Also Need:
- A cup
- Acrylic Paint & Small Paint Brush
- Glitter & Modge Podge Gloss (optional)
How To Make:
Mix the flour, salt and water in a bowl until it becomes firm. Add a little water if it is too dry or add a little more flour if it is too sticky and wet.
Knead the dough for 30 seconds and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Once done and you are happy with the thickness of the dough – cut individual circles using a cup.
Press your dogs paw into the salt dough circles and use a straw or pen to make a small hole at the top to allow you to thread some ribbon through. Alternatively you could use some decoration hooks which are very cheep to buy. If you use decoration hooks, make sure to insert them before you put them in the oven.
Sprinkle some flour onto a baking tray to stop the ornaments from sticking and place them on to the baking tray. Bake on 200 degrees in the oven for about 2-3 hours or until completely dry and hard.
When they are done, allow them to cool before painting or glittering. I painted mine with white acrylic paint and used modge podge on the paws and sprinkled with silver glitter then sealed the glitter with another layer of modge podge. I then wrote their names with red acrylic paint and painted 2017 on the back of the ornaments. I finished it off with a some pretty candy cane ribbon and hanged them on my tree.
I absolutely love them.