create a paw print ornament

12 Days of Christmas–DAY 5

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As you decorate your house for the holidays, consider taking some time to make a PAWesome homemade ornament with your best fur-iend’s paw impression! With just a few materials, some creativity and the help of your dog or cat, you can create a beautiful decoration to hang on your tree.

How to Make a Paw Print Ornament:


● 1/2 cup hot water 

● 1/2 cup salt 

● 1 cup flour 

● Paint 

● Mod Podge


STEP 1: Preheat oven to 225oF. Mix together hot water, salt and flour. Knead together until the dough forms into a ball. Add a little more water if the mix is too dry or add a little more flour if it is too tacky.




STEP 2: Roll the dough out flat to about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thickness. If the dough is thicker it makes it easier to get an impression of your pet’s foot.



STEP 3: Using a round glass or cookie cutter cut a circular shape out of the rolled out dough that is larger than your pet’s foot. This will be the ornament. Make a few ornaments to have a backup if the first pet foot impression doesn’t turn out the way you would like.




STEP 4: Using a straw, cut out a small hole near one edge of the round ornament. This will be used later to hang the ornament.




STEP 5: Lightly press your pet’s foot into the circular shape. Use some Vital Essentials Treats for dogs or cats as a reward or to distract them while you get an imprint of their paw. Place circular cutouts with pawprint onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 2 to 3 hours until completely dry and solid. Then let cool.

Paw print ornament hanging from a tree




STEP 6: Decorate the ornament to fit your pet’s personality. You can use paint or glitter to fill in the print. Add Mod Podge to seal and finish. Once the paint and Mod Podge is dried, add a ribbon to hang the ornament from your tree as a final touch.



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Make sure to post photos of your ornaments on social and tag @Vitalessentialsraw so we can see your creations!