DIY Clay Paw Print Ornament

November 27, 2015

All you need is air dry clay, a marker, some twine, and a cute pup to make this easy DIY Clay Paw Print Ornament!

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This year, Christmas is going to be even more exciting because we have Hunter.  And because it’s Hunter’s first Christmas, we’ve got a small pile of gifts for him and I have plans to make him (and the other family dogs) some edible gifts, too!

But I also wanted to add a few ornaments to our collection to show off our puppy love.  I thought it might be fun to try and make one with Hunter’s paw print on it. It turned out really well and Hunter was much easier to work with than I thought he’d be!

Thankfully Hunter is pretty familiar with my crafting routine so he’s always happy to help, or at least supervise, with a project!  Hunter was able to get this ornament done on his second try.  I’m so happy with the results and can’t wait to hang it on our tree this year!

DIY Clay Paw Print Ornament

You could always leave the paw print indentation as it is, but I wanted it to really stand out on the tree.  So I took a black Sharpie marker (or you could use acrylic paint or a paint marker) and colored over the paw print.  Not only does it make the paw print stand out, now you can really see all of the detail in Hunter’s paw!



  1. Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten the air dry clay into a small disk.  You want it to be on the thinner side so you can really get your puppy’s paw print imprinted in the clay.
  2. Your curious puppy will want to know what you’re doing.  Let puppy sniff the clay disk (don’t let them lick or eat it, obviously).
  3. Now that they’re familiar, wipe their paw with a grooming wipe.  Then, position their paw on the disk and let them step down.  Wipe their paw with a grooming wipe when finished.
  4. Use a knife or biscuit cutter to cut the ornament into a round shape and make a hole at the top with a bamboo skewer.
  5. Allow the clay ornament to air dry for 24-48 hours.
  6. Once dry, string twine through the hole and, if desired, color in the paw print with a black marker.
  7. Then, display the ornament on your tree!

This ornament will be a fun bonding experience for you and your pup (no matter how many times it takes puppy to make their ornament).  Spoil your dog with a few new treats this year and make sure to give them the happiest howliday!

Did you make this DIY Clay Paw Print Ornament project? Share it on social media using the hashtag #livinglavidadiy. Don’t forget to tag me @lavidaholoka!


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