Ring in the holidays with your furry legged friend and these festive Paw Print Ornaments made with only 3 simple ingredients: flour, salt and water.
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Bye 2020 👋
Let’s face it, 2020 has been rough. It started out pretty magical with my husband and I finally getting our puppy, Mac. We’d waited years and it was shaping out to be a pretty special year… until it wasn’t. Between a global pandemic, the political climate and my dad’s passing, we’ve had more than enough.
All this to say, we’re really looking for the small wins these days. And although I had originally planned to bake an elaborate dog-friendly cake for Mac’s first birthday (01/01/2021), it just wasn’t in the cards this year.
So when I saw these Paw Print Ornaments @olivebranchcottage made on TikTok, a lightbulb went off.
These ornaments were the perfect balance of easy-to-make and sentimental. So instead of a super elaborate cake, we’re making Mac his very own ornament to remember his first birthday forever (we’re also buying him a bunch of bones because he is our child and we must spoil the crap out of him).
Making your DIY ornament
Whether your pet has an upcoming birthday or not, these DIY ornaments are an awesome way to make memories together and capture a special part of your pet’s life.
The best part? This project only takes 3 ingredients and about 15 minutes of work.
You will need:
That’s it! It’s as simple as mixing those three ingredients together until they form a nice soft dough. Then, you’ll roll it out, cut it into your desired shapes (think cookie cutter), poke a hole (for some string to thread through later), and get your pet’s paw ready!
Because the dough is made with non-toxic ingredients, it’s not harmful to your pet’s fur or skin.
Once you’ve got your paw print and hole in your ornament, it’s time to bake. Morgan from @olivebranchcottage recommends a 200 degree oven for 2 hours to keep the ornaments from drying out and cracking.
Finally, after they’ve baked and cooled, you can thread some twine or ribbon through the hole and paint over your paw print to add a pop of color. We opted to use a thick Sharpie to write MAC across the bottom of the ornament for an extra personal touch. This part is really fun and up to you to get creative with.
Other ways to use the dough
Chances are, you’ll end up with leftover dough when you try this project. I know I did! If you’ve got multiple pets, it’s a fun activity to do with all of them, so that you can find them all on your tree or wherever you decide to hang the ornaments.
Otherwise, you could also do this project with kids. With their hands and feet constantly growing, it’s an awesome, inexpensive way to create lasting memories of the stages in their lives.
More fun holiday recipes
Once you’ve finished making your Paw Print Ornaments, it’s likely that you’ll have worked up an appetite. Here are some holiday favorites to finish your crafting with:
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