DIY Craft - Paw Print Wall Art

DIY Craft - Paw Print Wall Art


A fresh and modern studio space has been in the works at my apartment, and I am happy to say that everything is starting to fall into place, slowly but beautifully. I have been taking my time and trying not to rush the process too much because I want to ensure that the end result looks fantastic and feels cheerful and cozy. Even though I would love nothing more than to do a little Bewitched nose wiggle and have the entire room polished up and magazine ready! Who wouldn’t though, right?

I’ve turned to lots of other blogs and magazine features for inspiration and have fallen in love with so many of them. Of course I want to be “in” with the current trends, but for me, it’s also important that the items in my new workspace have meaning, memories, and represent who I am and who my little family is as well. The space can’t all be one big clone of a room found on Pinterest! So my dog, Coco Bean, and I had a little painting party and designed some of our own custom prints for the walls. I’m thrilled to share our project with you today. Let’s get started!


• Paper of your choice (I recommend a thicker weight)

• Paintbrush

• Non-toxic washable paint (I used Martha Stewart’s Craft Paint)

• Fine tip ink pen

• Frame

• And, of course, your dog!

Handy Prepping Tips

Paint and dogs… Who else can see a mess coming from a mile away? To prevent a Doggie-Picasso painted apartment, it would be wise to spread out an old sheet to protect your floors and furniture, or opt to do this project in the grassy outdoors.

Have a bowl filled with a hint of dish soap and warm water at the ready to wash off those little paws. The Martha Stewart paint washed off of Coco’s paw in seconds, making 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.


STEP 1 Choose the paint colour you want your paw print 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—the options are endless!

STEP 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!

STEP 3 Gently press you 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 about 10 minutes.

STEP 4 While the print is drying, wash your dog’s paw in the soapy water, then towel dry.

STEP 5 Once the paw-print is dry, you can use a fine tip ink pen to write your dog’s name and age underneath.

STEP 6 Frame and hang!

For families with young puppies, this would be a great project to revisit throughout the year. It would be an extraspecial keepsake to have your puppy’s first year of growing documented into a work of art with their age written under each paw print.

Not every paw print will turn out perfectly, but I think that is what makes it special and unique. You can see that in Coco’s paw print her hair also made some ink marks, making it look like the paw print of a wild animal, which is kind of awesome. She’s pretty wild sometimes, so it’s a perfect reflection!

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

If you haven’t yet, check out, a super-wonderful site all about life, style, and fluffy dogs. They’ve got all sorts of inspiring posts and loads of other cool projects like this one and the 5 Minute Valentine. We’re sure you’ll want to bookmark it.

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Comments (7)

I first saw this at our very first Paws For A Cause cancer walk in Greenville SC. We have had several made since but I'm thinking this is a GREAT idea for decorating the room the furkids stay in when we are not home !!! Thanks !
Thu, 01/17/2013 - 10:30
Would have loved a better picture to see the end result and options. Can't really see what that wee picture looks like, so I won't waste money or time on this project.
Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:33
Hi! You can see more detailed shots of this project on my website ( and in the winter issue of Modern Dog Magazine. :)
Sun, 05/19/2013 - 18:33
You can't imagine what a dog print painted on a piece of thick paper looks like? Why don't you bring your completely unconstructive criticism elsewhere. You sound like an idiot.
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 13:38
A great idea for rescues and shelters to use as a fundraiser!
Fri, 09/13/2013 - 04:40
I really like what you are doing. I have began to step out on faith at 55 and start my own business. so I asked my self what do I do well and love most? I said DOGS. So I started this Dog Fury-wee Paws for dogs. Which is a paint show every weekend dogs come out and show off their Pasco with there paws the only difference in the signature is that I put there picture at the top of their at work. real fun uh. The attorney just told me I was the only one and gave me the okay to do so, so I am thrilled about this, and I will be using Martha Stewart Paint as I have a lot of Martha Stewart in my home. May be one day we will get to meet each other since we have some of the same likes. Martha I respect your work a great deal I think you are fantastic. Don't ever stop thinking. (lol) I love you Martha Stewart. I wish I really had your thinking cap.
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:17
I am having no luck getting a decent print of my girl's paw. She's been an angel - holds still, let's me paint and repaint her paw, etc. - but none of the prints even resemble her paw.
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