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8 Easy DIY Dog Paw Print Art Projects

Natalie Vereen-davis
Aug. 25, 2017

Here are 8 fun and easy ways to turn your dog's paw prints into treasured pieces of art for the whole family.

8 Easy Dog Paw Print Projects
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As dog parents, it seems as though our lives revolve around constantly taking pictures of every little cute thing our dogs do. Is your puppy carrying a stick twice his size? INSTAGRAM IT. Is he tracking his cute little dog paw prints all over your white carpet? SNAPCHAT IT. And while these are great ways to capture fond memories, wouldn't you like something a little more lasting and creative?

That's where DIY dog paw print crafts come in. Using pet-safe materials, you can create beautiful crafts that help you commemorate your love for your pet in a lasting and sentimental way. You can d o these at different intervals in your puppy's life to see how she's growing, or have a fun afternoon crafting a few as future mementos.

Plus, they make great gifts for all of the people who care for your dog throughout the year: namely, your dog walkers, sitters, trainers, doggy day care maestros, even your dog groomer!

Pro tip: Since most of these activities involve some kind of pet-safe paint or gooey substance, I highly recommend that you do all of them outside. That way, your pet's prints are only on the artwork, and not on your living room floor. Plus, doing these outside will allow for easy cleanup for you and your dog when the time comes to wash off the plaster, paint, sand or ink.

 

1) Salt Dough Paw Print Christmas Ornament by Crafty Morning

Your "Santa paws" will be the star of your holiday decorations with this easy ornament from Crafty Morning. You can make one to commemorate the year, or do a series of them in different colors for an art project that will rework your Christmas decor. Best of all, you've probably got all the ingredients in your kitchen right now.

Like this idea? Get the step-by-step instructions here.

 

2) DIY Paw Print Stepping Stones by Learn2Grow

Image via Facebook/Pete and Mac's Pet Resort - Avondale

Your pup probably loves roaming the great outdoors (or your backyard, at least), so this eye-catching art project from Learn2Grow would be a great addition to your outdoor living space. Personalize each piece with your dog's name, the year or a special quote. Then, add colorful glass mosaic pieces to coordinate with your lawn furniture.

Like this idea? Get the step-by-step instructions here.

 

3) Paw Print Wall Hanging by Treats à la Bark

If you think your dog is the next Picasso, then this project from Treats à la Bark is for the two of you. The supplies are simple -- paint and white paper -- but the impact of the final piece is huge. The scattered paw prints become modern artwork that will fit in with any décor.

Like this idea? Get the step-by-step instructions here.

 

4) Paw Print Pendant by A Thrifter in Disguise

Image via A Thrifter in Disguise

Your dog has your entire heart, and this personalized pendant from A Thrifter in Disguise will always keep him right next to it. Using a clear locket, colored paper and ink, this necklace is so easy to make that you'll be showing off your dog's keepsake in no time.

Like this idea? Get the step-by-step instructions here.

 

5) Family Hand Print Plank by Home. Made. Interest.

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Get everyone in on the fun of creating this piece of artwork from Home. Made. Interest. Using a long piece of wood and some paint, you can showcase the prints of entire family -- both the furry and human members. Write names under each hand or paw print for additional personalization.

Like this idea? Get the step-by-step instructions here.

 

6) Framed Paw Prints by Pretty Fluffy

For a simple and clean piece of artwork appropriate for any room in the house, try these framed prints from Pretty Fluffy. Experiment with different frame styles and paper backgrounds to get the perfect picture. If you have multiple fur babies, combine their prints on the same paper and write their names under each.

Like this idea? Get the step-by-step instructions here.

If you want to add another visual layer to the framed dog paw print craft, try including a picture of your pup, like in this sweet memento from The Doeblerghini Bunch. This is a great way to display those professional pictures you've got lying around.

 

7) Dog Paw Print Flowers by Party Pinching

Image via Facebook/Party Pinching

If you're looking for a more subtle way to incorporate your dog's paw print into a piece of art, try out this great project from the Party Pinching blog. All you need is pet-safe paints (check out this guide for selecting pet-safe paints, or you can make your own), a canvas or piece of paper, and your dog's paw. (Who knew dog paws could look like flowers to begin with?!) Go the extra mile by picking out a nice frame that either matches or complements the colors of the flowers. 

This is a great gift idea for Mother's Day, or one of those "just 'cuz" gifts for any flower-lovers in your family!

 

8) Paw Print Sand Shadow Box by Kol's Notes

Your pup loves the beach, so make this sand-themed shadow box from the Kol's Notes blog as a way to remember your fun times there together. Press your dog's paws into the sand firmly before casting it in the plaster. The end result is stunning. Add sea shells, sea grass or sea glass that you've collected to make this one-of-a-kind piece even more special.

Like this idea? Get the step-by-step instructions here.

 

Originally written by Natalie Vereen-Davis. Updated by Katie Bonadies on 22 June 2017.

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