One of the best things about last year was that my puppies, Dash and Dot, were born! I was there to see them on their actual birth day and I even held them when I don’t really think I was supposed to. I couldn’t resist! Since I wasn’t able to take them home until they were 12 weeks old, I visited them at least once or twice a week. They’re even part of the reason why I moved out of my old apartment and bought a place!

So, naturally, now I’m that guy that likes posting pictures of his puppies on Facebook (Like The How To Duo on Facebook!)

But hey, if I have to see a million pictures of your new baby on my Newsfeed, you can deal with the handful of photos I have up of my dogs!

We recently celebrated our first Christmas together, so to capture this special time for us, I made molds of their paws to remind me of how little they were. This might be a fun tradition to do every Christmas as a fun keepsake and to compare how much they’ve grown over the years.

The clay was very easy to make.
You will need:

1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup of flour
1/4 cup of water

You may also want to use sequins, buttons, paint, or anything else you’d like to use to decorate your keepsake.

Combine the ingredients and knead until the dough forms. Form into the desired shape (circle, heart, star, etc.) and press your pet’s paw into it.
Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.
Allow it to cool completely before decorating or painting it.

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I don’t have pictures of me pressing the puppies’ paws into the dough because I ran out of hands. You try taking pictures of yourself when you’ve got a 5 month old puppy squirming around in dough!
However, I do have pictures of the cute end product:

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This is also a great idea to use with your human children! Use cookie cutters to make perfect shapes for ornaments. Write their name, age, and year on the back so you know exactly when this moment was captured. These are also great, inexpensive gifts for kids to make for their parents. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, you can even make an imprint of your lips for your valentine!
Whatever you decide to make, have fun!

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