DIY Guinea Pig Paw Print Ornament

These paw prints of my guinea pigs are a cute addition to my Christmas Tree! Here’s how I made them.

This recipe is adapted from Cali Cavy Collective.

4 tbsp cornstarch
8 tbsp baking soda
6 tbsp water
(Makes about 10 1.5-inch ornaments)

In a small pan over low heat, slowly mix all ingredients together. It’ll be a little difficult at first, then get really soupy.

Stir over low heat until it starts to bubble, not splatter. Then, it’ll turn to the consistency of mashed potatoes… That’s what you are looking for!

If it’s not getting to that consistency, you can add more cornstarch as needed.

Move to a bowl to cool for a few minutes.

Roll flat to about 1/2 inch thick. You can use a rolling pin, but if you don’t have one, I used a flat spoon or even your hands will do the trick!

Then use a cookie cutter (I didn’t have one, so I got creative! Measuring cups, medicine cups, tracing a design with a toothpick)

If the dough is too dry, you can add more water as needed.

Don’t forget to poke a hole for the ornament string!

Gently press your guinea pig’s paw into the dough. Clean off their paw after with a damp towel. You don’t want them to lick their paws and ingest this.

Allow to dry for a few hours or overnight.

If you want to add decorations, do that now! I used acrylic paint to fill in the background and paws. I also wrote the date and their name on the back.

Dry completely.

If you don’t want to decorate, move onto the next step.

Seal it with Mod Podge.

If you don’t have that, mix liquid clear glue and water together.

Dry completely.

String your choice of ribbon through the holes. I used twine from the dollar store.

You did it! Now you can display them proudly on your tree.

If you make these ornaments, tag me on social. I’d love to see them! @guineapigcarecenter