3 ways to get your pet’s paw print

3 ways to get your pet’s paw print

Creating a print from your pet’s paw is a special bonding experience that results in a print that will be treasured in your heart forever. Create just one print or make a decorative piece of art using multiple prints and colours.

Before you start any paw print project make sure you decide on what you are doing before starting. This will reduce any stress or anxiety your pet may experience. Making a game plan before starting will also allow for your project to go a lot smoother. Always protect the area where you are working to prevent mess and reduce your clean up. Whichever technique you choose to create your print with, make sure to reward your pet throughout.

Below are 3 ways to get your pet’s paw print:

Inkpad prints

In my experience of creating paw print artwork, I like to work with larger pieces of paper that I can print onto multiple times then cut out my favourite sections. For ink pad prints you will need regular printer paper or cardstock and a non-toxic ink pad. For my example below, I used ColorBox Pigment Ink Pad, which is non-toxic and acid-free. The process for creating the print using the ink pad was very straight forward with beautiful results. Simply press your pet’s paw onto the ink pad then onto the paper, pressing down on all the areas of the paw to get an even print. Try not to move your pet’s paw on the page as this can cause the print to smudge. Slowly lift the paw from the page to relieve your pet’s paw print. The ink pad that I used is slow-drying, so you will need to leave the page for 24 hours to fully dry. You may be able to find a non-toxic quick-drying ink pad. After you have completed making the prints, wash your pet’s paw thoroughly with soapy water.

digital paw print created from a inkpad print

Paw Impressions

You can create an impression of your pet’s paw using clay, plaster, or salt dough. All materials will produce slightly different results. For my example, I created an impression with a salt dough recipe for a 1/2 cup, 1 cup of flour, and 6 tbsp. Combine all ingredients then knead for 5 – 10 minutes until the dough is fully formed. Roll out the dough to approximately 1/4″ thick. You can use a cookie cutter to create the shape for your print before or after creating the impression. Press your pet’s paw into the salt dough firmly and slowly remove to relieve their print. Bake the impression at 300°C for 30 minutes.

digital paw print created from a paw clay impression

From a photo

You can take a photo of your pet’s paw and send it to CraftLoveCraftLife to create a digital paw print for you. You may need someone to help you take a picture of your pet’s paw or you can get a sneaky photo of their paw when they are sleeping. Below is a photo of my pet’s paw and the digital paw print created from it. Try to take multiple photos of the paw, with and without flash for better results in the digital print.

digital paw print created from a photo of your pet's paw

Are you interested in having a digital copy of your pet’s paw print created? Have one created below.

Maybe you are interested in preserving your pet’s actual paw print in a different way. See more examples below of preserving their paw print with their hair or ashes in a custom memorial pendant or ornament or in pocket stone. The pieces below can be created using from any of the paw print techniques listed in this post.


If you are looking for other paw print ideas, be sure to check out our other blog post below:

14 Things you can do with your pet’s paw print

Do you have an ink pad paw print from your pet, an impression of their paw, or maybe even a photo of their paw? I’m going to share some ideas for what you can do with your pet’s paw print. Firstly, if you haven’t got a digital paw print created, I strongly recommend doing so. […]

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