Yesterday, our oldest and dearest 4 legged family member, Panda, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He had been down for a couple of days and it was not unexpected, but it hurt nonetheless. I had in mind to get his paw print as a momento the morning he passed, but he ended up early. We had him inside our home so I quickly made this
The recipe has ingredients you probably already have around your house: salt, flour, and warm water. This is a rather large recipe, so I cut it in half. I still had lots more than what I needed.
I got the idea of a memento from when my daughter's pet bunny passed a couple of years ago. We took him to be cremated and they offered an option for a paw ornament. I think they charged $25 alone for the ornament. Unfortunately, we didn't have the funds to pay for a pet cremation this time, but I was able to make a paw memento for pennies. (We did have a lovely backyard ceremony though.)
I followed the instructions and then used a heart cookie cutter to make the shape. I put the salt dough clay on a plate and gently lifted his paw to make an imprint.
I poked a hole with a large straw and then I baked it for 2 hours at 250°. I made it a little thick so it wasn't baked all the way through, but the recipe did say to allow several days for for several days for drying. I put it outside and will paint it with a glaze once it's completely dry.
I didn't take any pictures of the process because I was distraught and was just trying to get things done. My eleven-year-old son really stepped up and helped with the whole situation.
You don't have to wait until your pet is passed to do this. In fact, I highly recommend you do it while they're alive for happier memories.