Crafts – Salt Dough Paw Prints
Paw Print Keepsake Crafts: Keep the pitter-patter of little furry feet forever with this easy craft.
UPDATE 12/19/15 Warning: Please do not feed these to your dog! These are not treats. These are a craft project and meant for decoration only. If you make these to hang on your tree please ensure your dog(s) and or cat(s) cannot get to them. The amount of salt used in this project can cause major damage to your pet’s organs. That said these can make very special keepsakes ut like with anything else not meant to be edible you need to decorate your home with caution.
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.
Carmala lives in Minnesota with her two Tibetan Terriers, Dhali and Tibby. She blogs about their adventures at http://justatibetanpup.blogspot.com