This salt dough recipe is super easy to make and perfect for making the ultimate pet keepsake. With just three ingredients, you can use this dough to create lots of crafts.
So many of us share a bond with our pets that is indescribable, so naturally, we feel devastated by feelings of sadness and grief when they pass away. Since grieving is something that is personalized, healing looks different to everyone. For us, this salt dough pet keepsake was a way to get us on a healing journey after losing our beloved Enzo.
Many of you probably haven’t heard yet, but a few weeks ago we had to put our German Shepherd down. It was one of the hardest things we’ve had to do as a family. I won’t bore you with too many details, but Enzo was born without hip sockets and when he reached a year old, he really started having problems. It got to the point where he was no longer able to even get up. You can read all about his story here.
This salt dough pet keepsake was a great way for us to cope with our loss and to begin the process of healing. We actually made these the morning before he passed. Does someone have a tissue? It’s an easy recipe to make and you most likely already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen.
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups of flour
- ¾ cup of water
In a large bowl, stir together flour and salt. Gradually add the water until it’s the consistency of soft dough.
Knead the dough until it’s smooth and mixed completely.
Once your dough is mixed properly, roll a chunk of your salt dough flat with a rolling pin. Use a large cup or bowl (depending on the size of your pet) to cut your salt dough into a round shape. Push your pet’s paw firmly into the dough.
Bake your keepsakes at 275. The time will depend on the size of your creation. Mine took right around 3 hours to come out as hard as baked clay.
Once completely dried, you can decorate your keepsake with acrylic paints or any other way in which you desire.
There are thousands of things you can make with this salt dough recipe.
The loss of a pet can be a sorrowful time and we all grieve in our own way. What would your pet do if they found out you were hurting? We could all learn a lesson or two from our furry friends.