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How To Make a Paw Print Christmas Ornament

Christmas is a time filled with family and special memories.

A great way to include your pet in this special season is a paw print Christmas ornament. I made my own very simple, very personal paw print ornament using a kit from Sculpey.

Paw print ornament

Sculpey is an easy to use clay that you can shape, cut, stamp and then bake to have a long-lasting, personal keepsake.

I knew I wanted a record of my dog Baxter’s paw print, so I picked up a Sculpey kit at my local craft store. There is a keepsake kit specifically for pets as well as one for babies. I actually bought the baby keepsake kit, even though I used it for Bax! Either one should work.

Scupley is offering 20% off anything in their store with code: MUTT20

The company is also offering a paw print kit giveaway to two lucky winners. Just leave a comment at the end of this post to enter! Update:The giveaway has ended!

Christmas paw print ornament

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More about the Sculpey Paw Print Kit

The kit included everything I needed to make my ornament: instructions, a ring mold, a stylus to write my dog’s name, a ribbon to hang the finished ornament, even a little rolling pin to flatten the clay.

Sculpey kit contents

How to make your paw print Christmas ornament

I unpacked everything and kneaded the clay a few times as instructed.

Kneeding Sculpey clay

Then I flattened it into the mold with my fingers and rolled it a few times with the rolling pin to get it nice and smooth.

I carefully extracted the clay from the mold. It stuck a little bit and I was worried about stretching it out of a perfect circle or putting marks on the smooth surface, but it held its shape very well.

Making a paw print Christmas ornament

I found I had plenty of clay to fill the mold. Some of it overflowed the edge, so I cut it off and threw it away. (Though I wish I had thought to make an impression of my daughter’s thumbprint or even another paw print for our cat, Ralph.)

I slipped the disc onto a plate for the next stage: paw printing. I found my victim beloved Baxter and interrupted his nap by smushing his paw into the clay.

Making a paw print Christmas ornament

Don’t be shy in the smushing. You want a nice deep print, so push your dog’s paw into the clay assertively. Just in case there was any residue from the clay, I wiped his paw clean with a wet wipe.

Baxter and his sidekick inspected my work (one was more interested than the other).

Making a paw print Christmas ornament

Then I poked two holes through the top of the disc for the ribbon and inscribed Baxter’s name using the provided stylus.

Making a paw print Christmas ornament

I slipped the ornament into the oven and baked it at 275 degrees for 30 minutes to harden it.

The clay paw print ornament turned out well!

Making a paw print Christmas ornament

The ornament came out nice and solid. I threaded the ribbon through the holes and the ornament was complete.

Although if you wished to personalize further, you could easily paint the ornament with craft paint.

I love that Baxter has his own special ornament for the tree, and I love even more that we will have this keepsake for years to come.

Order a paw print ornament kit

paw print Christmas ornament
You can order a paw print kit from Sculpey here. Use code MUTT20 for 20% off anything in the store. Click here.

Giveaway – win a paw print Christmas ornament kit for your pet!

Sculpey is giving away one paw print kit to two lucky readers in the U.S.!

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. Congrats to Melody and Janice P.!

Have you ever taken your dog’s paw print?

Let us know in the comments!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://www.thatmutt.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Julia-and-Baxter.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Julia Thomson writes for That Mutt about dog behavior and training, working dogs and life on her farm in Ontario, Canada. She has a sweet, laid-back boxer mix named Baxter. She is also a blogger at Home on 129 Acres where she writes about her adventures of country living and DIY renovating.[/author_info] [/author]  

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