DIY- Painted Dog Paw Print Craft

One of my favorite things to do it craft with my daughter.

She is 4 and really creative. We paint just about every day. Watercolor butterflies on paper to rainbows with acrylics on stretched canvases. It’s always so much fun.

I figured that since I have so much fun with her that I would enjoy crafting with my dogs. So silly.

But it was a lot of fun to do this with Kemper and Brinkley.

I think they are currently plotting how to get back at me, but at least I have some cute artwork from the activity.

When you try this, be sure to use non-toxic paint, work quickly, and immediately wipe off or wash off you dog’s paws so any paint does not dry on the paw. It’s fairly low mess, but if you are using acrylic paint, wear clothing that you wouldn’t mind getting paint on as your dog might squirm and then you will get a stray print on your pants or top.


The best thing about this is that the possibilities to create  with the paw prints is endless.

I decided to make butterflies with Brinkley and Flowers with Kemper.

To make the butterflies, make 2 paw prints with the pads just about touching. Then use a different color and make another 2 paw prints below the first two paw prints. All 4 paw prints need to have the toes on the outside of the image, as if you mirrored the paw prints. Once all the butterflies have been created, paint the body and antennae.

The flowers can be done with 1 single color or several colors. Stamp all the paw print flowers on the canvas. Then using a brush, paint the stems and leaves. Then using another color, preferably yellow, paint the center of the flower.  You can have the flowers coming up from the ground, or in a bouquet, or in a vase. Even the variety of flowers can be as varied as pansies, lilies, daisies, and sunflowers- all depends on the colors and the details you paint.

This activity is so fun because it’s simple to do and there are so many different ways to create a one of a kind piece.

While it would be fun to do this with any dog, this activity works best with short haired dogs as paint on the hair between the toes and on the feet will take away the detail from the pad and toes.

As well, you don’t want to use too much paint. Too much paint will also reduce the detail of the paw print. Lightly cover the pad and toes, then slowly, evenly press the paw onto the canvas for best results.

Have fun painting!

Painted Dog Paw Print Craft

Supplies Needed 

  • Canvas Panels, I used 12×12 panels from Artist Loft (purchased at Michael’s)
  • non toxic paint, such as water based or acrylic paints
  • paint brushes
  • paper plates
  • paper towels
  • baby wipes, soap


  1. If desired, paint the whole canvas to create a colorful background. Let dry.
  2. Place a thin layer of paint on a paper plate. Lightly cover the pad and to with paint, then slowly and evenly press the paw onto the canvas. Repeat as many times as needed to create the design you are creating.
  3. Once the paw prints are complete, quickly wipe off or wash off your dog’s paw. This needs to happen before the paint dries.
  4. Paint the details to complete your picture using paint and brushes. Let dry completely before displaying.



DIY- Painted Dog Treat Jars

Painted Dog Treat Jars

I love to craft and personalize the things in our home so I was eager to make some cute treat jars for our pups.

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I couldn’t decide on what to exactly craft so I made 3 different versions.

  • Opaque jar with drawn paw prints
  • Opaque jar with fun colors and a decorative dog figurine on top
  • Transparent jar with outlined painted bone design on it

Okay, so it turns out that I am horrible at painting dog bones, but it was still just so fun to craft! Also, why I roped my husband into making the paw prints on the white jar. ha!

There are so many options for this to stretch your creativity.

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Overall this was a fairly affordable craft since I already had paint brushes, dog figurine, and the adhesive. I already had the wide mouth canning jars and the plastic lid,  so I just needed to get the 1 jar for $6. While the paints and oil sharpie were new purchases, I can use leftovers for future craft projects.

I really encourage you to have fun and make your own design that suits you and your pup.

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A few things to keep in mind…

  • Do not paint the inside surface of the jar or lid. Multi-surface paints are non-toxic but they are also not food grade either, so it should not come in contact with food.
  • Do not paint the screw part of the lid as it will make it hard to properly seal the lid.
  • The kind of paint you use will determine the kind of coverage and look of the jar you will have. There are a wide variety of paints from satin finish to chalk finish to glitter.
  • Primer is not necessary but will help
  • Wait at least 1 hour, preferably several hours, between coats of paint.
  • Do not use a lot of pressure when using the oil based marker on top of the paint, it can pull of the paint.
  • Cure the jars in the oven, referring to these directions are helpful. (You can’t sure the paint on the lid if you use a plastic figurine!)

Now you are all ready to make you very own Painted Dog Treat Jar!!

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Painted Dog Treat Jars

Supplies Needed

  • Wide Mouth Pint Jars, or other preferred large wide mouth jar
  • plastic or metal lids (if you prefer not to use the 2 part canning lid)
  • Multi-surface Craft Paint/ Enamel Paint
  • Primer, optional: depends on the kind of finish you want (opaque)
  • stencils & painters tape, optional
  • Paint Brushes
  • small plastic dog figurine, optional
  • Contact Cement Adhesive, if using a figurine
  • Oil Sharpie
  • Mod Podge
  • isopropyl alcohol or white vinegar
  • paper towels


  1. Thoroughly wash and dry your glassware. Wipe down with isopropyl alcohol or white vinegar. Set aside from 15 minutes to air dry.
  2. Plan out your design. You can free hand a design or use stencils. If using stencils, adhere to the jar with painters tape.
  3. Paint! Don’t worry about making a mistake as paint can often be removed by wiping it off right away with alcohol or gently scraping it off before it cures. Wait at least 1 hour between coats. If you paint another layer of paint on too soon you will risk taking the first layer off before it has completely dried and set.
  4. Follow the paint instructions for oven curing the paint.
  5. If you are adding a figurine to the metal lid, follow the directions of the compound cement to adhere it to the center of the lid. Let dry, according to the compound cement  instructions. Paint figurine and lid completely. Let dry and then finish with a layer of mod podge.
  6. If you are painting a 2 part canning jar lid or a solid metal lid, paint at least 2 coats. Let dry and then finish with a layer of mod podge. Then you have to glue the 2 pieces together with the contact cement. (If you don’t the twisting when you open the close the jar could cause the paint to be pulled off for the flat piece.)
  7. Fill the jar with yummy treats for your dog.


  • While multi-surface paints are non-toxic, they are not food safe. Do not paint the inside of the jar or lid.
  • Let the paint dry several hours between coats.
  • Do not use a lot of pressure if using an oil based permanent marker on top of paint, it can pull the paint off the glass.
  • Use the oven method to cure the paint vs letting it cure with time (21+days).


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