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DIY Salt Dough Paw Print Ornament

Since it’s so easy to create salt dough, I have been creating all kinds of fun ornaments to hang on my tree. My recent creation is this DIY Salt Dough Paw Print Ornament.

This easy DIY salt dough paw print ornament can be created with a few ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen along with a willing hairy participant. 

I love my dog Daisy and she has definitely become a member of our family. She is the funniest and happiest dog we have ever had and we love to include her in as many of our family activities as possible.

That includes our Christmas celebrations, so it was only a matter of time before we let her add her own ornament to our tree.

Each year we make or buy a new ornament to add to our collection and this year, thanks to salt dough, we have a personalized Daisy ornament that will forever be on our tree.

I whipped up some salt dough and made a bunch of salt dough ornaments to decorate our tree. While I was crafting, my husband was relaxing with Daisy and while she was sleeping, I grabbed a paw and made an impression into the salt dough.

It was really easy and she was sleeping so she had no idea this was even taking place. 

I wiped off the excess on her paw which wasn’t much but I didn’t want to encourage her to shove her cute little paw into her mouth and chew on it as if it was a salt lick. 

That is why I love salt dough, it’s pet and kid-safe, no need to worry about toxic ingredients. 

Plus, it’s so easy to work with and you can create lots of different salt dough ornaments using cookie cutters, stamps, and almost anything lying around your house. 

The ingredients are already in the kitchen and with a little inspiration, you can create decorations for the whole house using this simple salt dough recipe. 

I have recently developed an obsession with buffalo check, so of course, I had to make one of these salt dough ornaments represent my favorite pattern.

With a little paint and a steady hand, you can create the same.

You can use stencils to recreate your favorite store-bought ornaments or freehand them for a more homemade look. 

I also have quite an obsession with cows, I love seeing them, petting them, and decorating with them, so of course, I created a salt dough cow ornament for our Christmas tree, too.

It may not be the perfect representation of a cow but it is definitely one of a kind.

Since my tree is decked out in buffalo check this year, this black and white cow ornament fits right in. 

Once you have a batch of salt dough made, you can create all kinds of ornaments easily. 

It’s almost hard to stop once you start! 

I always have these ingredients on hand, so my wheels are always turning about what I can come up with next. 

If you follow along on social media or subscribe to the newsletter, you may have already seen these salt dough macaron ornaments that I created. 

Although I love all of these creations, I think I love this paw print salt dough ornament best because it’s almost as cute as Daisy. 

Salt Dough Recipe

2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup of Salt
3/4 Cup of Warm Water

Mix those ingredients together until you are left with a ball of dough, it should be smooth and workable. 

Roll the salt dough out with a rolling pin to the thickness of your preference. 

You can use cookie cutters to make the shapes you like or if you don’t have any on hand, the rim of a small glass will work just as well. 

If you are really crafty, you can use a butter knife to cut out customized shapes. 

salt dough ornament

After whipping up a batch of salt dough and pressing your pet’s paw print into the center.  

It may be helpful to place the dough you want your pet to press their paw into, on a solid surface, I used a coaster. 

Bake at 300 degrees for one hour.

Be sure to poke any holes needed for hanging before baking these salt dough ornaments.

After the ornaments are done baking, paint them, and secure them using hot glue.

Protect the ornaments so that they last a lifetime using polyurethane.

This salt dough recipe is so versatile and you can create so many things, beyond ornaments.

Use a mold to create a fun shape and keep your pet’s paw print out on display, all year long. 

Since Daisy is white and has lots of pink spots on her body, I think these colors are perfect for her salt dough ornament. 

Blue would work for a boy or if you enjoy black and white as much as I do, that would make for a cute paw print salt dough ornament also. 

These salt dough paw print ornaments are a great gift idea for the pet lover in your life. 

If you can manage to get their pet’s paw print without them knowing, it would be a great surprise but if not, you can wrap up the ingredients and supplies needed to make this as a cute DIY kit for your friend. 

Be sure to include a few paints and the printable instructions from the bottom of this post, so they will know exactly how to make this salt dough ornament recipe. 

This salt dough recipe would be perfect for pets, kids, and baby footprints or handprints, too.

The possibilities are endless and I can not wait to hear about what you came up with using this easy to recreate recipe. 

Share your photos on social media and don’t forget to tag me so I can see them all! 

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DIY Salt Dough Paw Print Ornament


  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Warm Water


After mixing all of the ingredients together, roll out the dough to your desired thickness.

Lay the dough that you want to use for the paw print onto a solid surface, like a coaster, and then press your pet's paw print into the center.

Bake at 300 degrees for one hour.

Be sure to poke any holes needed for hanging before baking these salt dough ornaments.

After the ornaments are done baking, paint them, and secure them using hot glue.

Protect the ornaments so that they last a lifetime using polyurethane.

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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

You do realize salt is toxic to both cats and dogs. If ingested. So if a dog were to eat the dough before or even after its baked it can make them very ill.


Friday 4th of February 2022

This isn't meant for eating and I suggest anyone with pets should be careful about what they allow them to be exposed to. I bake with chocolate in my home although I know it is toxic to my dog. It's the same concept, I would suggest anyone with pets act accordingly.


Wednesday 16th of December 2020

H my goodness.... I am just loving this and it reminds me of things I made in school as a kid and crafting has always been one of my favorite hobbies. Love this for thre kiddos and definitely going to try making this for our furry family members this holiday :)

Yeah Lifestyle

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Some really creative designs here and fun way to spend the weekend with kids creating Christmas themed ornaments for the home


Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Oh my, those are such cute ornaments for tree! I would love to make a few salt dough ornaments too, thanks for sharing the recipe 😍☺

Jay Aguirre

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Aww this is a cute ornament. I love how many different ways there are to decorate for Christmas! Always good to have some love for your pets!

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