Forget baby hand prints... check out Poof's piggy paw prints!
As promised, here's our craft tutorial for making guinea pig paw print keepsakes. Instead of using a pre-made pet kit, this easy DIY project makes use of ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry.
- 4 tbsp cornstarch
- 8 tbsp baking soda
- 6 tbsp water
- Wax paper
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutter
- Mod Podge
- Combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water in a small pot.
- Stir over low heat until the mixture starts to come together. Remove from the stove when it starts to take on the consistency of mashed potatoes.
- Pour the mix into a bowl. Cover with a damp cloth or paper towel and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the cloth and briefly knead the "dough" until smooth. If the dough feels dry or crusty, dampen the mix with water and knead.
- Place a sheet of wax paper on your work surface. Roll out the dough until it is about 1 cm thick.
Tip: use Post-it pads as guides for the rolling pin to ensure a flat, even surface.
- Cut out the desired shape using a cookie cutter.
- Gently press your guinea pig's paw into the clay to make an imprint. Make sure not to press all the way through.
Optional: if you're using stamps, add them here.
- Set aside until the keepsake is completely dry. The dough has a tendency to crack while drying so try not to disturb it. It make take a few tries before you get it right.
- Apply Mod Podge to seal the keepsake.
Once you've made your custom paw prints, get creative! Here are some ideas.
PERSONALIZE YOUR PAW PRINT
- Spell out your cavy's name with stamps
- Brighten it up with acrylic paint
- Add a touch of sparkle with glitter, sequins, or rhinestones
- Decorate it with a bow
- Add ribbon to turn it into a Christmas ornament
I stamped each pig's name into the corresponding paw print, highlighted the imprints with acrylic paint, and finished them with a few layers of matte top coat spray paint. It's interesting to compare the prints taken from each pig - no two impressions are alike!
So, are you interested in making a few? How do you plan to personalize your keepsakes?