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DIY Salt Dough Paw Print Ornaments


  1. 1 cup salt 
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  3. ½ cup water (I added just a little more) 
  4. Parchment paper or aluminum foil 
  5. Cookie sheet 
  6. Straw or something to make the hole for the ribbon to go through 
  7. Cookie cutters or a glass to make circles 
  8. An oven 
  9. Ribbon 
  10. Bowl 
  11. Paint and paint brushes and paint markers
  12. A rolling pin 
  13. A sealer of your choice. You could use mod podge or a spray sealer. 
  14. Optional: glitter 


1. Combine the flour, salt, and water in a bowl until it starts to stick together. You can add a little extra water if needed. 

2. Roll out your salt dough and cut out your shapes. I recommend using a rolling pin to make them more even. 

3. You can use the extra salt dough to make mini ornaments or extra decorations for your ornaments. 

4. Use a straw to cut a small hole at the top of the ornament for the ribbon to go through once you have completed your ornament. 

5. Press paw, hand, foot, or thumb print into the dough. It will show up more after it has been baked. 

6. Do any last minute touch ups or reshaping. 

7. Bake the salt dough ornaments on a cookie sheet with apartment paper at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 – 3 hours or until they are completely dry. Then set them aside to cool. 

8. Have fun decorating them! Add glitter, a name and/or a date. 

9. Seal the paint and glitter with mod podge or another sealer. 

10. Tie ribbon to hang the ornament by. 

I made these with my friend the first year I got Chloe. So, I thought it would be fun to make some for the new fur babies, Cali and Lily. This time I only made half a batch of salt dough ornaments, which I think was more than enough for us. The supply list is for a full batch. 

The first time I made them with my friend we used cookie cutters to make fun shapes. Our ornaments puffed up a little bit the first time, where these did not. 

These would also be fun to make for a new baby hand and/or foot. They would make fun Christmas gifts or to make together with friends and family.

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