Easy DIY Paw Print Art
I can’t believe I am doing a second DIY post in less than a month. I think that puts me at about 3 DIY posts in the past two years! I’m one of those people who wants to be crafty, but really just fails every time. However, I was pretty pleased with the result of this one.
Mauja and Atka steal the hearts of many people they meet. True to their breed, they form very strong bonds with certain people, usually their family members. However, sometimes they form an amazing bond with someone outside of their family.
This was especially true for Atka.
Atka bonded with our friend and dog trainer, Jessica. Sometimes, I think he likes her more than me! 😉 He would prance and whine when he knew we were going to visit her and could even smell if she was or wasn’t there. He completely misbehaved with her, but it was adorable.
When we found out we were moving, I knew I wanted to do something special for Jessica but couldn’t think of anything. Obviously, a picture of her and Atka would be sweet, but I didn’t feel like it was even close to representing their bond. Ultimately, I decided to create the following paw print art.
- Picture frame
- Sturdy paper (I used thick, scrapbook paper)
- Non-toxic paint
- Stencil (if you struggle with your handwriting like I do!)
- Paint brush
- Favorite photo
- A way to trim your paper to the appropriate size
How To Do It
1.Trim your paper to the appropriate size. I used a 5″ x 7″ matted frame, so that’s how large I cut my paper. Pro tip – make sure your paper is actually big enough for your dog’s paw! I started out way too small… 😉
2. Clean and trim your dog’s paw. Atka had some long fur between his pads, which I trimmed to avoid excess paint.
3. While having your dog in a comfortable position (I had Atka “relax”), apply some paint to your dog’s paw pads.
4. Slowly and gently place your dog’s paw on your trimmed paper and press firmly. I did this a few times on practice paper to get it right.
5. Add your dog’s name or other text, if you’d like, to the paper. I used a stencil, but get creative!
6. Let dry for a few hours and then place in your frame.
7. Bask in the glory of your creativeness 😉
Overall, it’s a fairly easy DIY project and I’m really pleased with how the paw print art turned out. If I can do it, you can do it!