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I am a cat person. I have had cats my whole life. Last year I met a woman who was taking care of kittens that didn’t have a mommy cat. So, we ended up rescuing an adorable black and white 6 week old kitten. We named her Paisley. How cute was she as a kitten?!
We were given the opportunity to try out IAMS™ products for our furry family member. Paisley tried the IAMS™ Proactive Healthy Adult Dry Cat Food w/ Chicken. I can tell she really likes it. She’s a bit picky and won’t eat certain food, but she ate it all up! IAMS™ offers both wet and dry cat food. No matter which type you feed your cat, you can rest assured that they offer well-balanced nutrition.
Aside from cat food, they also have treats. Not only are IAMS™ Treats a tasty snack, now they’re formulated to be functional. They target specific dietary needs for your furry friend. They offer Hairball Care, Digestive Health, and Oral Care. I chose two different treats for Paisley to try out. Hairball Care and Oral Care. If you want to make sure you always have treats on hand and get more bang for your buck, purchasing the IAMS™ Treats Mega Bag from Walmart.
Since Paisley was turning one year old, I wanted to make a craft to celebrate. I really wanted to create something with her actual paw print. You know, that way it will be “pawsonalized”. (Yes, I just went there.) As I brainstormed about what I should make, I remembered making hand prints in salt dough as a kid. But, how easy would it be to get my cat to stay still and get a paw print? I was about to find out.
I decided to make a picture frame decorated with salt dough embellishments. This is a great DIY gift idea for a cat lover. Also, you can make it to fit any theme or holiday, not just for cats. Get creative!
DIY Pet Paw Print Picture Frame
What you need:
4×6 clear picture frame
hot glue gun and stick
Embellishments made from salt dough (recipe below)
paint (I used blue and tan)
nail file or sand paper (to smooth edges if rough)
picture or printed photo (I created mine from picmonkey.com)
Salt Dough Embellishments for the frame:
First, I made the salt dough and rolled it out with a rolling-pin. (Salt Dough recipe below.)
For the letter “P”:
I used a knife to freehand cut out a letter “P” for Paisley.
For the paw print:
I tried a few different ways to get a good paw print. I had her stand on the rolled out dough. I had help gently pushing her paw into the dough. The paw print that ended up looking the best was from her pushing off the dough trying to run away. So that would have to do. It didn’t come out perfect, but it was deep enough. She wasn’t a happy camper, but it was quick and painless.
I cut out a circle around the paw print using the rim of a small mason jar. You could use an x-acto knife to cut around the actual print if you’d like.
For the little cat:
I used a mini Halloween cat cookie cutter. After I cut it out I molded the tail downward so it didn’t look scary.
Putting it all together:
After your salt dough embellishments are cooled paint them.
Next, cut out your picture to fit the frame and insert it into the frame.
Once the painted salt dough embellishments are dry, attach to the frame with a hot glue gun.
Paisley loves her IAMS™ and her picture frame craft so much that she high-fived her paw print.
Salt Dough Recipe
This salt dough recipe makes more than what I needed to make the embellishments for the picture frame craft, so I used the remaining with my son. We made different cool things.
Salt Dough Recipe:
1 C all-purpose white flour (plus extra for kneading and
1/2 C salt
3/4 C water
Add all ingredients into a bowl.
Mix with spoon to combine.
Knead for 10 minutes
*Tip* If it gets too sticky and starts to stick to your fingers, just wash your hands and dry thoroughly. Also, sprinkle a little flour onto your hands and in the bowl as needed to prevent sticking.
Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Around 20 minutes, check to see if it’s hard. If it doesn’t seem hard enough, leave it in for a few more minutes. . It’s ok if it turns brown because it’s being painted. (Baking time depends on thickness of dough.)
Need inspiration? Visit Happy Pet Happy Home and check out other DIY crafts and ideas. What would you make? Come back and let us know! We always love hearing from you!