If you are obsessed with your dog(s) like I am then you have probably seen the custom ink paw print pictures going around. I see these adorable pictures on Instagram, Pinterest, and Etsy. Not only are they adorable keepsakes but I figured they could double as well. I cannot stress how EASY this DIY paw print stamp was to make.
I really think anyone could make this, even if you don’t consider yourself crafty in the slightest.
This project is simple, inexpensive, and does not require ANY mess. Now, I have precious paw print pictures framed in my entryway of my house and have already gotten compliments from guests. Now, let’s get started.
Gather Your Materials
Creating this DIY paw print stamp is a relatively easy process when you have the right items at your disposal. I did not want to deal with paint all over my dog’s paws/fur.
This sounded like a total nightmare to me. I ordered this exact inkless paw print kit. This is the non-negotiable essential item of the project.
This inkless paw print kit contains two ink pads with 4 sheets of white paper. The pads are unique because they have a plastic sheet over the actual ink. Your dog’s paw never actually touches the ink. We’ll go over how in the how-to instructions.
Preparing Your Pet
Although this DIY paw print stamp does not require a ton of preparation, you do need to do a few things to prepare your pup in order to get the best quality print.
- Choose a flat area in your house to do the project. I just did the whole process on the floor as it was easier to keep my dog’s paw steady.
- Make your dog comfortable. Gather some small treats if you think it could help with behavior.
- If you have someone else in the house to assist you, this will make it easier. You don’t HAVE to have another human to help but it sure does make it even easier if you do. I had my husband help hold my dogs steady.
Making the DIY Paw Print Stamp
The key of the process is to keep your dog as still as possible. This is why I said an extra pair of helping hands could come in handy.
- Set the white paper on the flat surface (your floor preferably).
- Take the ink card out of the plastic container. It will have a right side and a wrong side. You can’t get this wrong. They have a big red label saying “wrong side” so you can be confident.
- Place the ink card right side up on top of your piece of paper. I placed the card toward the middle so I would have room at the bottom to put my dogs’ names.
- Take your dog’s paw and press onto the black surface of the card. Ensure that the paw pad makes good contact.
- Be patient and gentle. It’s essential to remember that you might not get a perfect print on the first try. It actually took me a couple tries to get this right. If your dog is uncomfortable, take a break and return to the project when they’re more at ease.
- Once your paw print stamp is to your liking, add the name. I used a sticker sheet so it would be a nice cohesive font.
- Allow the print to dry for a couple hours.
- Place your paw print portrait in a nice frame to display. I used these exact frames and they were the perfect size!
Tips for Multiple Paw Prints
If you have more than one dog, or if you’re just after multiple stamps from one pet, the process stays the same.
- Be sure each pet’s paw print is safely kept separate and clearly marked. It may confuse you later if there are multiple prints to work with and not distinguishable.
- If you’re creating multiple paw prints from one pet, give your pet a break between each printing. This ensures that your pet remains comfortable and enjoys the process more.
Framing and Displaying Your DIY Paw Print Stamp
After the fun of creating your DIY paw print stamp, it’s time to find the perfect place to display this precious piece of art. Regardless of whether it is a paw print Christmas holiday ornament frame DIY or simply a piece of wall art, here are some great ways to show off your paw print keepsake.
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Framing the DIY Paw Print Stamp
The first step in displaying your artwork is to choose an appropriate frame. A framed paw print not only enhances its visual appeal but also protects the delicate stamp.
Depending on your personal style and where you want to display the paw print, here are some suggestions:
- Go classic with a simple black or white frame. It can easily blend in with any decor style. I used these frames here.
- Opt for a colored frame if you want to add a pop of color to your home.
- For a charming vintage look, consider using distressed wood or metal frames.
Creating a Paw Print Christmas Holiday Ornament
If you’ve made your paw print stamp around the holiday season, you might want to incorporate it into your Christmas decorations. Here’s how:
- Purchase a flat, round ornament from your local craft store.
- Affix the paw print stamp to the ornament’s surface. Depending on the type of ornament, you may use a hot glue gun or strong adhesive.
- Add a festive ribbon through the top of the ornament and voila! Your paw print Christmas ornament is ready to adorn your Christmas tree.
- Christmas Present Alert! The kit would make a cute gift for any crafty-home-decor-loving dog mom in your social circle.
Display in Your Home
- Find a location in your house that could use a bit of personalized art. Common locations include above the mantle, in your office, in hallways, or even in your pet’s corner. I placed mine in my entryway with a nice candle.
- Consider placing your paw print keepsake in a location where visitors can easily notice it. It’s a great conversation starter.
- Paw print stamps can also be used to decorate stationary, gift tags, or hand-towels, adding a personal touch to everyday items.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions and their answers about this DIY paw print stamp project, guiding you through the process and addressing any concerns you might have.
Is the ink in the dog paw print kit safe for my pet?
Yes, the ink used in an inkless paw print kit is absolutely safe for pets. It’s non-toxic and won’t harm your pet’s paw pads. Like I stated before, if you use the kit I did, the ink doesn’t get on your dog’s paws at all.
Can I use this kit for pets other than dogs?
Certainly. I could definitely see this kit being used for pet cats as well.
How do I preserve the paw print stamp?
To preserve your DIY paw print stamp, frame it using the guidelines provided for a paw print keepsake. Keep it away from moisture and direct sunlight to maintain its longevity.
Where can I find the materials needed for the project?
I found my supplies on Amazon. You might also be able to find these kits at a Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
How can I ensure I get a good print of my pet’s paw?
Preparation is key. Making sure you have good contact between the pet’s paw pad and the stamp pad will help get a clear print. Additionally, it helps if your pet is calm during this process. Take your time and be patient.
Can I make a stamp of multiple paw prints?
Yes, you can make multiple paw stamps for different pets or multiple prints from the same pet. It can be a fun way to celebrate all your furry family members.