Thursday, January 23, 2014

Paw print impression ornaments

Recently, our friend Connie posted some photos of paw print impressions she had done of her cats. I was inspired. However, when I went to the craft store, I found the prepackaged kits they sold to be expensive and only had enough supplies for one impression.

After walking around the store, I found a tub of Crayola air-dry clay in the kids department. I decided to buy it and use it for my ornaments.

Here are the supplies you will need:
* Air-dry clay
* Cookie cutters in any shape you like
* Rolling pin
* A piece of parchment paper or a silicone mat
* Tooth pick (optional, if you want to write a name)
* Drinking straw
* Spatula

Oh, yes, you'll also need a kitty!

Roll out a piece of clay. I suggest making it thick, at least 1/4". I found it's better to have more thickness so the clay has some give when you put the paw in it.

Press the cat's paw into the clay. I don't have a photo of this for obvious reasons. :-)

Use the cookie cutter to cut out the shape around the print.

Use the spatula to lift the ornament. Take care, as the clay is soft, and you don't want to lose any of the print's shape.

Use the straw to punch a hole in the top. This photo is before I removed the punched-out piece.

Place in a pan and let dry. It took about two days to dry here.

When they are dry, add ribbon and decorate however you like! I used a metallic marker to add their names.


The Florida Furkids said...

What a great idea!!!! We think Mom might even be capable of doing this.

The Florida Furkids

Fuzzy Tales said...

They're awesome! Ditto for our own human...though she wonders if we'd cooperate well enough to get a good impression. LOL.

Fuzzy Tales said...

They're awesome! Ditto for our own human...though she wonders if we'd cooperate well enough to get a good impression. LOL.

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

PAWsome idea !
The pawprints is furry cute ♡

Cat said...


Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

and you have left overs for gifties :) or to experiment with coloring in the paw print to see if it stands out better.. or.. or.. oh the possibilities are endless

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

CUte. I like Crayola air dry clay!

Marg said...

Those are such cute ornaments. Well done. We like those.
Have a great day.

Random Felines said...

what a wonderful idea. now all mom needs to do it find some cats to cooperate. MOL

Connie mentioned about being a good gift - which made mom think it might be cute to send home as a gift with foster kittens.... hmmmm

The Island Cats said...

These are so cool...and something we think the mom could do without screwing up too much. :)

Roberta said...

Love it. I don't think Tiny would be very cooperative so I might have to put it in his litter box for a good impression. LOL

Maggie from Stillness at Cherith said...

so sweet =)
You have lovely, cooperative felines!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

those are absolutely darling!!!! Not sure if Cody would cooperate but it is sure worth a try!

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