Crafts – Salt Dough Paw Prints
Paw Print Keepsake Crafts: Keep the pitter-patter of little furry feet forever with this easy craft.
To make enough dough for several paw print keepsakes you will need:
½ cup of salt
½ cup of white flour
Turn you oven on to the lowest setting – 200F or lower if possible.
In a large bowl mix salt and flower together and add enough water to combine into a stiff dough. To begin with add a very small amount of water – 1 teaspoon full at a time. The dough will be sticky – continue mixing dough until it is smooth. If it is too crumbly add more water.
Too wet? Add more flour.
When the dough is completely mixed – divide into several pieces. The number of pieces will depend on the size of your dog’s paws. You want to make a flattened disc of dough that is about ½ inch thick, so adjust the size of your disc accordingly.
Flatten the dough into a disc onto a dish or other flat surface.
Take your dough disc and flip it over. Now you have a smooth, fingerprint free surface to work with.
Go get your dog! I found that giving my dog a treat, then quickly taking their paw and pressing it into the dough worked the best. They didn’t even know what had happened. Do not press too hard. A light touch works best. If you want to eventually hang your keepsake from a ribbon, take a drinking straw and press it through the dough – creating an open circle.
Dry your paw print keepsake in the oven on a baking sheet for about 3 hours. Every ½ hour flip the disc over, so it dries evenly on both sides.
When your disc is completely dry, add paint or other decorations.
Hang or add to a shadow box.
For even more crafts using Salt Dough you can create gift tags or ornaments.
Crafting with Two Little Cavaliers – Meet Carmala
Carmala lives in Minnesota with her two Tibetan Terriers, Dhali and Tibby. She blogs about their adventures at http://justatibetanpup.blogspot.com