Video: DIY Salt Dough Paw Ornament

Remember how fun it was making salt dough ornaments in grade school? Well, it's even funner when you get your fur-kid in on your arts & crafts session! Check out our short video (featuring Cuteness.com's very own Buddy Cruiser) on how to make a basic Christmas tree paw-impression ornament out of salt dough. Once done, you can gussy it up any way you'd like! Get started now!

Ingredients:

• 1 cup salt
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup water

Tools

• Parchment paper or aluminium foil
• Straw/pen for punching a hole
• Cup
• Sheet/cookie pan

Making the Dough

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. In large mixing bowl, mix the salt, flour, and water until it becomes a dough. Dough will be sticky- use extra flour as needed to coat your hand or kitchen tools. Knead the dough for about 30 seconds. Place some of the dough onto a piece of parchment paper to desired thickness and then cut individual circles using a cup. Keep cut dough on original parchment for easy transfer into the oven. (Note: keeping your dough a similar thickness for all of your ornaments will ensure a similar bake time)

Stamping Your Dog’s Paw

Clean your dog’s paw with mild soap and water. Dry your dog’s paw thoroughly. With your dough prepared and on the parchment paper it will bake on top of, press your dog's paw into the salt dough being sure to use even, light pressure. Your ornament will bake exactly as it looks- it will not expand at all. If you’re unhappy with the paw stamp, re-do the previous steps. After you’re satisfied with the paw stamp onto the dough, use a straw to make a small hole at the top- this hole is for string or ribbon so the ornament can be placed onto your holiday tree or decoration.

Making the Ornament

Bake the dough on the parchment paper and sheet/cookie pan at 200 degrees fahrenheit in the oven for 2-3 hours or until completely dry and hardened. Once it's cooled, you can choose to personalize it with paint, cover with a thin layer of adhesive and add a sprinkling of glitter, and/or glue a bow (or other decorative item) to the bottom edge. It's up to you!