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How to Make Salt Dough Paw Print Christmas Tree Ornaments

We all love creating keepsakes with salt dough for our little ones but what about our Fur Babies too! They are a big a part of the family too and today we have the cutest craft for you to do. This Merry Christmas Paw Print Ornament for the tree is an easy way to remember your dog or cat this Christmas so here we go our Simple Merry Christmas Salt Dough Paw Print Christmas Ornament.

salt dough paw print decorations
Don’t leave your fur baby out of the Christmas Decorations create this handmade paw print ornament with them this year

Salt Dough Paw Print Decorations for the Tree

Salt dough is toxic to dogs and cats. Please ensure that you supervise your pet at all times whilst you create this craft with them.

puppy helping make a keepsake ornament for the tree with their paw print
One very pleased pup admiring his paw print ornament. This is great kids will love to make these simple ornaments with their dogs and cats as well.

Salt dough is one of our favourite materials for crafts that you can make a home. It’s a homemade clay using just 3 kitchen ingredients. Once made you can then shape, cut, mould and more with it to create crafts with the kids and for yourself.

You’ll find some more ideas and inspirations for using it at the end. We especially love the gift tags a great homemade addition to your Christmas wrapping this year.

Simple paw print ornament made with homemade dough
Finished simple paw print ornament made with homemade dough to hang on the Christmas Tree.
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Simple Merry Christmas Salt Dough Paw Print Ornament for the Tree

Cerys Parker
Make your own doggy Christmas keepsake ornament with this simple craft to make a salt dough paw print decoration. (Also works with cats!)
4.18 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Activity Time 1 hour
Decorating Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Equipment Needed

  • Round pastry cutter
  • Pair of Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Toothpick or Straw

Materials Needed

Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

Merry Christmas Ornament


  • Mix together flour, salt, and water. 
  • Knead dough until smooth and not sticky (add more flour if necessary). 
  • Roll dough to 1 cm thick.
  • Use a round pastry cutter larger than the dog paw. 
  • Press the dog's paw into the dough, firmly.
    puppy helping make a keepsake ornament for the tree with their paw print
  • Make a hole to hang with twine or ribbon with a straw or toothpick. 
  • Bake dough at 140° for 1 hour.
  • Allow to cool completely on wire rack.
  • Use a black sharpie marker to write your Merry Christmas and year. Use a red sharpie marker to add tiny berry dots all around the edge of the ornament. Allow ink to dry Cover with mod pod or varnish if desired.
  • Tie ribbon or twine through the hole to hang. 
Keyword Christmas, Christmas Crafts, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Ornaments, Salt Dough
Have you Made This?Let us know how it went!

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. Hello, I have tried this a number of times now and they just keep puffing up. Im following the instructions, why isn’t it working?

    1. Which sort of flour are you using? The times I have had it puff up is when I have used self raising or cake flour by mistake.

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