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DIY Dog Paw Painting Keepsake

A homemade paw print painting, made with love.

Simple, beautiful and inexpensive, this DIY dog paw painting makes a lovely keepsake to display in your home.

My goal with this project was to bring a touch of doggie inspiration to the decor in my home office, while keeping it stylish.

Of course I want to be ‘in’ with the current Pinterest trends, but for me, it’s also important that the items in my new workspace have meaning, memories, and represent who I am – including my little furry family!

So, Coco Bean and I had a little painting party and designed some of our own custom prints. Literally, paw prints!

If you’ve been looking for crafty inspiration around how to make dog paw prints with paint, we think you’ll love this.

I’m thrilled to share our paw print art project with you today…let’s get started!

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DIY Dog Paw Painting Keepsake

How to Make a DIY Dog Paw Painting

My inspiration for whipping up this DIY paw print keepsake was to bring a touch of love and dog mom spirit into my home office. It was basically a gift to myself!

But what’s so great about these sweet dog paw paintings is they make a unique, personalised DIY gift idea for dog lovers too, not to mention a beautiful pet memorial tribute to your best friend.

Do you have a young puppy at home? This would be a super cute project to revisit throughout your puppy’s first year, documenting their growth with a new paw print and their age underneath.

What a special keepsake that would make!

diy dog paw painting

Things you’ll need:

  • Paper of your choice (I recommend a thicker weight)
  • Paint brush
  • Non-toxic washable paint (I used Martha Stewart’s Craft Paint)
  • Fine tip ink pen
  • Picture frame
  • And your dog of course!

How to make a DIY dog paw painting

Preparation tips:

  • Paint and dogs…who else can see this mess coming from a mile away??  To avoid your home turning into a puppy Picasso painting, I recommend spreading out an old sheet to protect your floors and furniture. Of course, you can always take the painting outside too.
  • Have a bowl filled with a hint of dish soap and warm water ready to wash off those little paws. The Martha Stewart paint washed off of Coco’s paw in seconds, which made for an easy clean up.
  • Having a towel handy to dry off the clean paws was helpful. If you’re outside, air drying is always an option too!

DIY dog paw painting - Martha Stewart Craft Paint


1. Choose the paint colour you want your paw print art to be. I had a hard time deciding, so Coco and I practiced with a few different colours before we landed on black. That is what is great about this DIY dog project – the options are endless!

2. Take the paintbrush and carefully paint your dog’s paw pad. If your dog has ticklish paws, you may need an extra set of hands!

3. Gently press your dogs paw onto the designated paper. Press and hold for a couple of seconds and try to lift the paw straight up to ensure zero smudging. Let the paw print dry for around 10 minutes.

4. While your paw print painting is drying, wash your dogs paw in the soapy water. Towel dry any excess water.

5. Once the paw print is dry, you can use a fine tip ink pen to write their name and age underneath.

6. Frame and hang!


Not every paw print will turn out perfect, but I think that’s what makes this DIY so special and unique.

You can see that in Coco’s paw print her hair also made some ink marks, making it look like it came from a wild animal, which is kind of awesome. She’s pretty wild sometimes, so it’s a perfect reflection!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY project and have the opportunity to make some paw prints with your own pretty fluffy at home.

The end result is a wonderful touch for any room in your house that you can cherish forever.

Enjoy! x

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18 responses to “DIY Dog Paw Painting Keepsake”

  1. What a great idea and easy instructions! I’m doing this for Kirby’s playroom!

  2. Julie says:

    OMG love this! I’m sure my Missy’s massive paw would look great in a print too. :o)

  3. Sarah says:

    Eeeek! I’m totally going to make these for my new office space!! Great idea! 🙂 PS – I love the “wildness” in Coco’s paw print!

  4. blanket says:

    Ohhh this is so cute! Love the pics of Coco too! Such a great idea, now can I keep Milly and Poppet still for long enough….:D

  5. Lisa says:

    Great idea and gorgeous photos, we are going to have to try this one out 🙂

  6. Beth C says:

    What a great idea! Now, if only I can get my dogs to cooperate.

  7. Grace says:

    Such a cute idea! And your finished framed print looks beautiful! Have to do this with my two.

  8. Shayna says:

    Beyond cute!! Thanks for this DIY. 🙂


    Erika and Sebastian

  10. Yay, I am so happy you all enjoyed our fun project! We hope you will share your finished paw prints with us. Feel free to upload them onto our FB page! Can’t wait to see them!! xx

  11. Jessica says:

    This is adorable — amazing photography and an equally amazing idea! I think I know what my in-laws are getting for Christmas this year (they LOVE their grand pup, Dixon)!

  12. Stephanie says:

    I love this idea! Going to try it out this weekend. Perfect for my gallery wall!

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