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DIY Puppy Paw Print Artwork

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What’s a better way to appreciate your furry family member than with a puppy painting?

Hint hint. There is none. My puppy brother is officially 16 years old! So for his birthday, I wanted to make a little DIY paw print canvas with his very own penmanship.

This paw print canvas is such an easy DIY project and is a great way to keep your pet by your side, even after they pass.

There are a million craft stores where you can get supplies, but even stores like Target and Walmart have everything you need! I personally, went to my fave store (Michael’s duh), and purchased my craft supplies. Keep scrolling to learn the easy and simple steps you and your furry friend can take to craft up this DIY paw print canvas.

Do It Yourself Puppy Paw Print Artwork

DIY Puppy Paw Print Artwork:

What You’ll Need:

  1. 8×10″ Blank Canvas
  2. Acrylic Paint
  3. A Marker
  4. Newspaper
  5. Paper Plates
  6. An old towel
  7. A Floofy and Cooperative Animal Friend

Start by setting up newspaper outside or in a garage, to avoid making any sort of mess indoors. If you gotta do it indoors…use a lot of newspaper! Next, put small paint pools on tiny paper plates. Make sure to make the pools large enough to fill up your entire dog’s paw.

Personally, I wanted to do an American theme, so I used a wine red and navy blue acrylic paint. Feel free to use any colors you want!!! (make sure your pupperino approves too).

You can trim your dog’s paw hair for a more defined paw print, but I think the paw hair ads texture and character. It definitely may help if they have a shaggy paw, and you don’t want to create a mess all over your house or apartment. 🙂

Start by dipping your dog’s paw in the paint, and wipe off any drips on the newspaper. Next, press his/her paw on the canvas however way you want! This the best part, and is where you get to be creative and ~artsy~.

When you switch colors or finish your project, wipe off any excess paint with the old towel.

Let your canvas dry for a few hours and use the marker to label it with your pet’s name, date and age.

The best part about this project is that you can customize your paw print masterpiece by adding little drawings, stickers or glitter. Whatever you want!

paw print


Since I wrote this post, my dog, unfortunately, passed away :(. Dudley was the greatest dog and my best friend in the whole world. He was with me since 1st grade, all the way up until graduating with my Master’s degree.

I love that dog, and because I did this project, I will always enjoy looking at this paw print canvas knowing I can have his little prints around forever. Hope you and your furry friend enjoy this wonderful project, and create some wonderful memories.

Did you try this project? Post your pictures below! I would love to see your magnificent fuzzy friend and their paw print canvas 🙂

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