The festive season is upon us! And if you are anything like me, you like to keep your pups involved! I love to have personalized tree ornaments and last year I made a cute little paw print ornament with Jack. It made a nice keep sake for us, and a curious activity for Jack. This year I thought it might be nice to try making one with our foster pup, Bentley. I think it will be a great gift for his new parents (fingers crossed he has them by Christmas), and a great way to say “Thanks, for saving a life”. They are simple, and festive! You can create your own ornament with these simple steps!
Step one: Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step two: gather your ingredients – half a cup of flour, half a cup of salt, quarter of a cup of water, and your favorite color of food coloring.
Step two: Mix everything together until it forms a soft ball.
Step three: Roll your dough a half inch thick, on a cutting board or other flat surface.
Step four: Place the cutting board with your dough on the floor where your pup can reach it, and gently press their paw into it. You may need to use your finger to create deeper indentations depending on how compliant your pooch is. You can also paint the indentations after to make them more apparent.
Step five: Use a glass or your favorite cookie cutter to cut around your pooch’s print, and use a straw, tooth pick, or other small round item to cut a hole where you will place the string to hang your decoration.
Step six: Bake your ornament on parchment paper in your pre-heated oven for 2 or 3 hours just until it becomes harden.
Step seven: Cool your ornament then add your final touches: ribbon to hang it, messages on the back, paint, glitter, or whatever you like and hang your keep sake on your tree!