Homemade Dog Paw Print Ornaments: Salt Dough Recipe

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from Winston & Baby Bear

Check out this incredibly simple recipe for making some sweet keepsakes using salt dough!

Homemade Dog Paw Print Ornament Supplies 

  • 1 Cup Flour (Not Self Rising)
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Cookie Cutter - I used a round one
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Rolling Pin 
  • Straw
Optional Supplies 
  • Glitter 
  • Food Coloring
  • Mod Podge or Sealant (Recommended)
  • Paint or Markers 
  • Ribbon or Ornament Hook
  1. First, mix your salt & flour. 
  2. Gradually add water. I slowly stirred with a spatula at first. You want to end up with a dough-like consistency.
    If it's too sticky, add more flour. Too dry? Add a little more water.
    NOTE: If using Food Coloring, I found it's easiest to add it to the water. 
  3. Knead for a few minutes until its smooth
  4. Roll out the dough (1/4 in thick) then transfer to parchment paper.
    TIP: Roll dough in one direction. When rolling "up-down-up-down" it makes an uneven surface. Rolling in one direction gives a nice level cookie surface.
  5. We placed the parchment paper/dough on a cookie sheet and placed on floor.
  6. Lure your dog over with treats. Have them sit and take one paw, place on dough and gently press. 
  7. Use cookie cutter to create your ornament's shape
  8. Make a hole for the ribbon or ornament hook using a straw (or other creative household item ;) ) 
  9. Optional: Engrave the cookie with name/year 
  10. Bake at 200 degrees. Time will vary based on the thickness of your cookie.
    We turned ours over every 20 min. They baked for approx. one hour
  11. Once they are hardened and cool, you can decorate them! Have fun with you! Sharpies are great for writing their names. 
  12. Seal your cookies so they don't crumble! I used Mod Podge (several thin layers) or you can use polyurethane.
  13. Hang on tree and enjoy for years to come! 
We made two batches of salt dough...red and plain!

In the process of painting! 
More pictures to follow!