How to Make Paw Print Molds

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Cynthia Measom

    About the Author

    Cynthia Measom wears many hats. She's a writer and the owner and accountant of a nanny placement agency she founded in 2007. Measom received her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in human resources.

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    Whether your goal is to create a stepping stone for your garden or some other form of keepsake related to your pet, creating a paw print mold is a way to personalize a one-of-a-kind item. The most difficult part of this process involves obtaining your pet's cooperation so that you can get a clear, well-formed paw print, but with a little patience, the wait will be worth the effort.

    Things You'll Need

    • Modeling clay
    • 2 small pieces of cardboard, approximately the same size
    • Container
    • Bucket
    • 2 pounds of lightweight concrete mix
    • Measuring cup
    • Plastic trowel
    • Petroleum jelly
    • Towel
    • Soap

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    Modeling Clay Paw Print Mold

    Use your hands and work a ball of modeling clay that is approximately the size of your palm into a pancake shape 1/4-inch thick.

    Place the flattened modeling clay onto one sheet of cardboard, then press the second sheet of cardboard on top of the clay. Apply even pressure with your hands in order to smooth out the clay's surface.

    Remove the top sheet of cardboard and gently place one of your pet's front or back paws onto the clay. Carefully apply pressure to the entire paw to achieve a complete imprint. Have a helper hold your pet, if necessary, while you complete the paw-printing process.

    Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel the modeling clay paw imprint away from the cardboard and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 15 minutes and then allow the mold to cool.

    Concrete Paw Print Mold

    Place 2 pounds of lightweight concrete mix and 1-1/2 cups of water into a mixing container. Using a plastic trowel, mix it until the concrete reaches a consistency where it slides off of the trowel.

    Fill up the pie tin (or other container) with the concrete until it is within 1/4-inch from the top of the container. Flatten out the concrete with the trowel. Wipe off the trowel and then wet it. Drag the trowel over the surface of the concrete to create a smooth finish.

    Coat your pet's paw with a thin layer of petroleum jelly and press the top of the paw firmly into the concrete. Press down on the heel of the paw to get a complete print.

    Remove your pet's paw from the concrete mix and wipe it with a towel. Wash his paw with soap and water to thoroughly remove the concrete mixture.

    Allow the concrete to dry for the time recommended by the manufacturer on the packaging. Remove the paw print from the mold. You may need to use a utility knife to cut around the edges.

    • When working with cement mix, cover your work surface with a plastic drop cloth to minimize clean up.
    • Be prepared to try several times to obtain a complete paw print from your pet if he does not want to cooperate.

    References

    • Polymer Clay: 30 Terrific Projects to Roll, Mold & Squish; Irene Semanchuk Dean
    • The Dog Lover's Book of Crafts: 50 Home Decorations That Celebrate Man's Best Friend; Jennifer Quasha