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Pet Paw Print Kits: Make a Lasting Impression of Your Pet's Paw

Updated on December 30, 2010

Create a beautiful homemade keepsake featuring impressions of your favorite furry friend's pawprint.

Make a lasting imprint of your favorite animal buddy's paw with a paw print making kit. Using plaster, water, a teensy bit of effort and some patience (from both you and your pet), you can make a beautiful paw print frame keepsake that will also show your furry friend how much he or she means to you.

This page will teach you all the steps in making a plaster mould for your pet to make his mark on, along with a few tips on how to embellish the finished product after the cast has completely dried. The photo to the left shows what our finished product looks like. Interested in making one for your furry pal? Please read on.

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Get a Pet Paw Print Kit - With this kit, making a paw print frame is easy as 1-2-3!

4M Pet Paw Print Kit
4M Pet Paw Print Kit

This is the Paw Print Kit we used to make our kitty's paw print impression. It comes with fun and colorful dog and cat-themed stickers and frames to decorate the plaster cast of your pet's paw after. Make it a family activity! Kids from age 5 onwards will have a blast making this craft project for their beloved pet.


How to Make Your Pet Tribute Paw Print Keepsake

Even if you don't have a pawprint making kit, the instructions below can help you make a plaster cast of your furry friend's paw.

Paw Print Making Kit Materials - Everything you need to make a paw print ornament.

Paw Print Making Kit Materials
Paw Print Making Kit Materials

You will need the following materials

1. A stick, stirrer or any tool for mixing the plaster

2. A vessel for mixing your plaster mixture

3. About 75-90 ml. of water

4. A moulding tray for your plaster cast (any shallow container will do)

5. Plaster, just enough to fit your mould (I used 150 grams)

Step 1: Pour the plaster into your mixing vessel. - Use a mixing bowl with a smooth inside surface.

paw print making step 1
paw print making step 1

As you can see, I didn't have a mixing bowl on hand that I wanted to dirty with the plaster so I used a cheap reusable craft container instead. I couldn't find a popsicle stick for mixing so I used my old honey stirrer.

Step 2: Add water gradually while stirring the mixture gently. - Keep checking the mixture as you stir and wait for it to form a smooth (not lumpy) paste.

paw print making step 2
paw print making step 2

Remember, adding water will make the mixture harden so make sure to add it slowly while stirring constantly. Take care not to add too much water because a runny mixture will be difficult to mould.

Step 3: Transfer the mixture. - When the mixture has formed into a smooth paste, it's time to make the mould.

paw print making step 3
paw print making step 3

Place the mould on a level surface and carefully pour in the plaster mixture. (I worked on a glass table so that is our table's leg and the floor you are seeing under the mould, just in case you're wondering.

Step 4: Tap the sides gently to get rid of bubbles on the surface. - Gently shake the mould so that the plaster levels evenly.

paw print making step 4
paw print making step 4

Don't worry if it looks uneven at first, tap the sides gently to smooth the surface and also to get rid of any bubbles. The plaster will start to harden after it has been poured into the mould.

Step 5: Make your pet's paw print. - The moment your pet has been waiting for.

paw print making step 6
paw print making step 6

When the plaster is like soft dough, it's time to make the paw print. Test the corners with a toothpick - if it makes an indention, it's the right consistency. Don't make an impression if it's too runny. Press your pet's paw firmly onto the surface. You may also write words on the plaster with a toothpick.

Very important: Wash your pet's paws with water immediately after he or she has made the impression. Dry them thoroughly with a clean towel. We certainly don't want the plaster to harden on your beloved pet's paw!

Voila, the finished product! - Your very own pet's paw print impression on plaster.

paw print making final step
paw print making final step

Place the mould in a safe place while waiting for the plaster to set. It will usually take a day and then you can frame and decorate it as you please. Meanwhile, remember to clean the plaster from all the materials you used before it becomes completely hard. Always clean them under running water to ensure that the plaster won't block the drain.

This is what our pet's paw print keepsake looked like after we decorated it. - Our kitty seems to approve.... or so we'd like to think!

Our paw print making kit came with stickers, a do-it-yourself frame and cardboard stand so we had a blast assembling it to form this adorable little keepsake. There are stickers for a dog frame too if your furry friend is one.

More pet paw print making kits - Making homemade plaster impressions of your pet's pawprints have never been easier

My husband, our kitty and I had a great time making this photo tutorial so we hope you'll have fun making your own pet's paw print keepsake too! If you do get around to making one, please share your experience with me here.

Will you make a plaster keepsake of your pet's paw print? - Your thoughts about this tutorial are most welcome too.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Wow. This is so cool. My daughter would love this. So would my husband actually come to think of it. Definitely adding this to my things to do this year. **Blessed*

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      ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

      How wonderful to have such a special pet keepsake

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      ConnieVetTech 5 years ago

      I was thinking of making a plaster frame with my dog's paw print on it, just didn't know how to go about it. Now I do...thanks!

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      potovanja 5 years ago

      I find your lens very great, so i give you your 46 likes:). Thank you 4 visit my...

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      Charlotte Green 5 years ago

      this is such a great idea

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      This is a lovely ideas lens and *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel Blessings for Dogs on Squidoo

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is the coolest! Lensrolling to my I Want a Dog lens. Congratulations on a well earned Purple Star!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a really teriffic idea! Our beloved pets aren't with us long enough and this is a great way to keep their memory in view.

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      admiralglass lm 7 years ago

      Great lens loved it well done xxxxx

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      How cute. My dog walked across my freshly painted deck and left her paw prints on a she kind of autographed it. After she was gone...I have always kept that rug because of her paw prints on it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Awww now this is so cute. Another wonderful little tale to amuse me first thing in the morning. Well done.

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      Awh...this is just a gorgeous, I love my babies (dogs) I am laughing so hard trying to imagine how to get my Douge de bourdeux who is a springed kangaroo to do this!

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      westie11 7 years ago

      One more work of creativity I found here. You have a superb lens. Keep it on. Canidae

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I had a friend who loved her cat so much that she wanted to have it stuffed by a taxidermist after it died. Not sure I would want that memorial method. This sounds fun.

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      Bluewren08 7 years ago

      Sweet idea... a lasting keepsake of a beloved pet.

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      I wouldn't have the guts to try this with a cat, but I will try this with our dogs.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      ~*~* Angel Blessings *~*~ to one of my favourite lenses, and to your lovely kitty for all the hard work he had to put into this one. ;)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      So delighted that this purrrfect lens got its purple star! I didn't know! :)

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      Congratulations on the well deserved Purple Star! This is an adorable lens!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star! This is a wonderful keepsake for your pet. Your ginger kitty reminds me of our dear cat "Flash." Our dear pets have all passed but I'm sure my daughter would love this for her dogs. This is a great gift idea, too. :)

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      What a great lens. I know when I lost my lab I would have treasured something like this. I still have his collar and favorite toys and it's been years. I wonder hoe well it would work for horses. :) 5* (and yes, I'm seriously considering the horse thing.)

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Ah, two paws up for this one!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh wow! This is so cute and unique, plus a great gift for a 'crafter'! I hadn't seen these before, very COOL :)

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      Fantastic! A lovely gift idea for pet lovers, and adorably presented by your wonderful marmalade boy. He looks impressed with the finished result. :)

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      This is a great idea. Our pets are hermit crabs, so I don't think it would work for us, but it would work for my mom's dog. I'll mention this to her.

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      Shibamom LM 8 years ago

      What a great lens. I can't wait to do this for both my dogs. I hope they get as excited as me about this, but somehow, I think not! Lenrolled you to my Shiba Inu lenses.

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      sheriangell 8 years ago

      What a very original lens. I just love the picture of your kitty admiring the picture, so cute!

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      spunkyduckling 8 years ago

      Oh this lovely! Thank you for sharing. I love creative unique ideas for keepsakes and gifts. My last dog ran away about one year ago so when I do get another one I will be sure to try this out. So very cute!

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      Samantha Devereux 8 years ago from Columbia Mo

      My cats approve!

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      kcbaker1 8 years ago

      This is a great lens Arncyn!

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      Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

      What's not to love is right! This is so easy to follow...and the humor of your tabby looking at the cast hardning made me laugh :) *Blessed*

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      I love step-by-step tutorials so love your craft! Whenever I get back to work in schools, I'll use it to keep the kids occupied after classes!

      SquidAngel blessings to this lens!

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      @Mihaela Vrban: I really appreciate your kind words and visit Michelle!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Excellent tutorial! Love the pics, love step-by-step instructions - what's not to love! :)

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you for the visit and the blessing, Cynthia! So glad you liked it. Hubby & I had fun making it but our kitty got a bit irked at us for "wasting" what could've been his time in the sun LOL. (:

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      This really is Totally Awesome! Excellent step by step instructions and I love the pictures. It is amazing that you got such wonderful cooperation from both of you babies:) I can hardly wait to add this to Angel Squid Mouse Tracks! Oh, yes, Angel Blessed!