How to Make a Dog Pawprint Ornament: Doggo DIY!



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Looking for a fun and memorable activity to do with your furry friend?

Making a pawprint ornament together is the perfect way to celebrate your dog and add a personal touch to your decorations. Not only will you create a unique ornament, but you’ll also create lasting memories along the way.

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or just looking for a fun activity to do with your canine companion, making a pawprint ornament is sure to bring smiles and wagging tails.  

So, gather your crafting supplies, get ready for some quality bonding time, and let’s dive into the world of pawprint ornaments!

DIY Dog Pawprint Ornaments: Tools & Supplies

supplies for making pawprint ornament

All you need are three simple ingredients for this DIY project: flour, salt, and water.

Flour is the foundation of the dough, giving it the perfect structure and texture. It’s super versatile, making it a breeze to mold and shape, so you can capture every detail of your pup’s paw. It brings everything together!

The salt acts as a natural preservative and prevents the ornament from spoiling over time, while water is the perfect binding agent, giving the mixture a consistency that’s ready to be rolled and shaped.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup room temperature water


  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Straw or toothpick
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Cookie cutter (optional)
  • Markers, pens, glitter, paint, bows (optional)
  • Sealant (optional)

When it’s time to decorate, the sky is the limit! Use glitter, ribbons, paint, or whatever you like to make your ornament one-of-a-kind.

How to Make a DIY Pawprint Ornament

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Once you’ve gathered your supplies and rolled up your sleeves, it’s time to have some fun and get your hands a little dirty (in the best way possible, of course!)

  1. Prep the area and gather your materials. Clear a space where you can work comfortably and lay out all the ingredients and tools you’ll need. Make sure you have the three key ingredients and any additional decorations or paints you want to use handy.  
  2. Preheat your oven to 200°F (93°C). You’ll want the oven hot and ready to go once you need it.
  3. Mix, knead, and mold the “dough.” Start by combining the flour and salt in a bowl. Then, slowly add water while stirring until you achieve a doughy consistency. Get your hands in there and knead the dough until it becomes smooth and pliable. If the dough is too sticky, add flour; if it’s too dry, add water.
  4. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Do your best to keep it nice and even and avoid making it too thin – you want it thick enough to withstand your dog’s paw print.
  5. Gently press your dog’s paw into the dough to create a pawprint. You can also use a cookie cutter to cut around the pawprint shape.
  6. Place the ornament on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a straw or toothpick to create a small hole near the top of the ornament for hanging.
  7. Bake the ornament in the preheated oven for two to three hours. As it dries, the dough will transform into a solid and sturdy masterpiece.
  8. Allow the ornament to cool completely. Once it is dry, it’s time to let your imagination run wild. You can paint it, add glitter, or personalize it with your dog’s name. It’s your chance to make it uniquely yours and reflect your dog’s personality.
  9. Finally, thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through the hole and tie it securely. This will allow you to hang the ornament wherever you like.
Pet Parent Pro Tip!

If making a dog pawprint ornament from scratch just isn’t in the cards for you, you don’t have to miss out on the fun. Keep it simple and buy a ready-to-go dog pawprint kit.

Tips & Tricks: Making a DIY Pawprint Ornament

Ready to take your dog pawprint ornament to the next level? We’ve got some pawsome tips and tricks to make your DIY experience a breeze!

  • Salt dough can be sticky, but don’t fret – it’s an easy fix! Just sprinkle flour on all surfaces, including your hands and rolling pin, to prevent sticking. This will make it easier to work with and shape your ornament.
  • To make your pet’s pawprint last longer, consider coating it with a clear, non-toxic product like Mod Podge. This will help preserve the print by keeping moisture out and ensuring your ornament stands the test of time.
  • When rolling out the dough, aim for a thickness of about ¼ inch. This will ensure a sturdy and durable ornament. If it’s too thin, it may crack or break during baking.
  • Baking can emphasize any mistakes. This will leave your ornament could end up looking sloppy. If you don’t get a clear print, roll it back out and try again. It only takes a minute and it’ll be worth it.
  • Keep an eye on your ornament while it’s in the oven to prevent overcooking. This can cause the ornament to become brittle.
  • Remember to be calm and reassuring to create a positive experience for your furry friend. Making a pawprint ornament is a bit of a weird activity from your dog’s point of view, so be gentle and use soothing tones.

4 Great Reasons to Make Your Own Pawprint Ornament

why make a dog pawprint

There are a variety of reasons making a pawprint ornament should be your next DIY activity:

  • You’ll be creating a lasting memory. Making a pawprint ornament allows you to capture a special moment with your dog and preserve the memory of your pet. It becomes a wonderful keepsake that will make you smile every time you see it and remind you of your special bond.
  • It can be a unique gift. A pawprint ornament can be a thoughtful gift for the dog lovers in your life. It’s a heartfelt present that showcases the relationship between people and their dogs.
  • It’s a bonding experience. The process of making the ornament can be a great opportunity for bonding with your dog. Working together, you’ll have quality time to strengthen your relationship and create fun memories. From the dough rolling to pressing their paw, every step becomes an adventure.
  • It’s just fun! Creating a pawprint ornament is a fun project that can bring out your creativity. You have the freedom to let your creativity shine by personalizing the ornament with decorations, colors, and designs that reflect your dog’s unique personality.

Are DIY Ornaments Safe for Your Dog’s Paws?

are pawprint ornaments safe

When done correctly, making DIY pawprint ornaments is safe for your dog’s paws, but because of the high salt content of the dough, you certainly don’t want your pooch to nom it. As always, it’s essential to ensure that the ingredients you use are pet-friendly and avoid any potential allergens.

How to Make a Dog Pawprint Ornament: FAQ

Still have questions about making a dog pawprint ornament? We’ve got you covered! We have rounded up some of the most common questions below.

What can I put on my dog’s paw to make a print?

To make a clear pawprint, you can use non-toxic, water-based paint or ink pads specifically designed for pet pawprints. Apply a thin layer of paint or ink to your dog’s paw, ensuring it covers the paw pads evenly. Press the paw onto a piece of paper to create the print.

How do you make a clay imprint of a dog’s paw?

You can use air-dry or oven-bake clay to make a clay imprint of your dog’s paw. Roll out the clay to a thickness of about ¼ inch, then gently press your dog’s paw into the clay to create the imprint. Allow the clay to dry, or bake it in the oven, and decorate it however you want!

How do you preserve a pet pawprint?

You can preserve a pawprint by hardening it with salt dough, clay, or plaster. Or you could make a print on paper or another surface using dog-safe, non-toxic ink or paint.

Want some more DIY doggo projects?

There are scads of do-it-yourself projects pet owners (and dogs) can enjoy! Check out some of our favorites:

Making a DIY dog pawprint certainly isn’t terribly difficult, and the results are usually great! Just remember to embrace the tips and tricks we’ve provided, so that everything goes smoothly.

Have you ever made a dog pawprint ornament? Do you have any tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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Lauren Evans

With more than 10 years of dog-care experience and tip-top research skills, Lauren strives to provide the kind of info pet parents can use to keep their four-footers as healthy and happy as possible. When not sharing dog-care tips with her readers, Lauren is probably having too much fun with her amazing dog, Athena.

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