Cat Holiday Basket + DIY Paw Print Ornament

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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas lights and decorations are popping up and holiday shopping is in full effect. Along with buying gifts for family and friends, this is the time of the year where Icarus (my kitty) gets EXTRA spoiled with new toys, snacks and treats. 

Purina Target CouponI’m a habitual Target shopper, so when it comes to saving money I take full advantage of Cartwheel, my Red Card (5%), and in-store coupons. That’s why I had to share this high value in-store text coupon with y’all. Purina is partnering with Target this holiday and helping you save $10 off any $40 purchase of Purina products starting December 4th when you text PETS10 to 827438. This includes cat and dog products. So on top of it also being the holidays, this is a perfect time to load up on treats and food for your family pet. And who knows you might hit the jackpot at checkout with $6 in coupons like me. Haha! Gotta love Purina and Target. 


I love Purina because they have a wide variety of dry food, wet food, snacks and treats. Icarus is a big fan of fish instead of chicken flavor so I was sure to buy him a bag of PurinaONE Salmon and Tuna Flavor, Purina Beyond natural wet food and a couple of Purely Fancy Feast Natural Hand-Flaked Salmon treats. On top of those, I also bought some Dentalife, Whisker Lickin’s, and Pull n Play treats to add to his gift basket.


I wanted to create a super fun basket for Icarus this holiday season so while I was at target I also picked up some tissue paper, a cute rustic Threshold basket, and a gift bow to decorate with. 


Icarus was really interested in what was going on when I was putting his basket together. He’s gotten pretty smart about knowing that crinkly glossy bags contain either food or treats. He even started licking his chops. What a little piglet! 

kitty-ornament-38kitty-ornament-36My basket was so easy to put together and I wanted to add a final personal touch to it. I’ve been wanting to make a cute paw print ornament to put on our tree for Icarus. So I decided to add a DIY pet salt dough ornament to the basket. This is such an easy way to customize gifts for your pet or give to your favorite animal lover this holiday. 

DIY Paw Print Ornament


  • -1 cup white flour
  • -1/2 cup salt
  • -1/2 cup water


Step 1: Mix all your ingredients together and knead until dough is completely mixed. If it’s too sticky then just add a little more flour. diy paw print ornamentStep 2: Roll dough out until 1/4 -1/2 inch thick depending how you want it. Remember this is a personal gift so it doesn’t have to perfect. 🙂

diy paw print ornamentStep 3: Use cookie cutters or a glass to make cutouts for the ornament. kitty-ornament-12Step 4: Press paw into dough.

**Warning: Cats may not like this and you may suffer from minor scratches. Oh and the first one will come at perfect because they don’t know what your doing until they feel the dough. diy paw print ornamentStep 5: Use a straw or pen to make a hole at the top of your ornament. Also, note the size of the hole when you go to buy your string or twine to hang the ornament. If you get it too thick it won’t fit through.
diy paw print ornamentStep 6: Place ornaments in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 1/2-3 hours or until fully dry.

Step 7: Wait for your ornaments to cool. Paint your ornament. You can use acrylic paint or watercolors. I really like watercolors because they absorb into the dough and also create a soft look. Remember use your creativity to make it your own. 

diy paw print ornament diy paw print ornamentStep 8: Last but not least tie your ornament to your gift basket or hang on your tree. Tis’ the season to love our pets and include them as part of the family. After all they bring us so much joy and comfort when we need it most. Spoil them rotten and give them lots of love. 

You can find more Purina products here.

Don’t forget to use the in-store text coupon by texting PETS10 to 827438 to save $10 off a $40 purchase of Purina products. 

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diy paw print ornament kitty-ornament-24what are some ways that you include your pets in the holiday festivities?

does your pet love getting treats and snacks? what are some of their favorite? 

Let me know in the comments below. 

xoxo, christine

This blog been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Txt4Pet #CollectiveBias



  1. November 28, 2016 / 4:40 PM

    Super cute craft for an animal lover gift basket! Wonder if our kitty would let us do that with his paw? Merry Christmas!

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      December 12, 2016 / 11:31 AM

      It’s so cute right? Icarus was keeping his cool until he felt the texture of the dough. haha.

  2. November 28, 2016 / 4:44 PM

    That’s a really good idea!! I have never seen the paw print ornament before. Thanks for sharing.

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      December 12, 2016 / 11:32 AM

      I’m glad you liked it! I’m sure it would be a lot easier with a dog. haha.

  3. Jenna M Wood
    November 28, 2016 / 5:09 PM

    i have seen a lot of these ornaments of late and I’m thinking I need to make one for the cat and dog- they make such an adorable keepsake! #client

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      December 12, 2016 / 11:33 AM

      Yes and you will always have them. I think it’s a great idea for children’s keepsake of their beloved pets. 🙂

  4. November 28, 2016 / 6:11 PM

    SO fun! Loved your post and the pics are just perfect too 🙂

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      December 12, 2016 / 11:33 AM

      Thank you so much Collette! 🙂

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      December 12, 2016 / 11:34 AM

      I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  5. November 28, 2016 / 9:04 PM

    awwww such a cute idea !!

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      December 12, 2016 / 11:34 AM

      Thank you Jenny! 🙂

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      December 12, 2016 / 11:35 AM

      Thank you Jennifer! <3

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      December 12, 2016 / 11:35 AM

      I hope your kitty is a lot calmer haha. I got a nice little scratch out of this project. It’s finally going away. 🙂

    • collectivelychristine@gmail.com
      December 20, 2016 / 8:54 AM

      Thank you for this. Yes salt poisening is very dangerous. This can happen with food, kids playdough, etc. We always need to take precausion and keep dangerous material out of reach.

  6. Grouchy Gus
    December 12, 2017 / 10:39 PM

    Tried this. Definitely rethink the amount of flour. Suggested amount is too light.

    • Christine
      December 13, 2017 / 8:38 AM

      It calls for 1 cup but says to add in more in Step 1 if it’s too sticky or wet. I think I ended up using another 1/4 cup but I just added in flour until I got the desired consistency. 🙂

  7. Linette
    December 21, 2018 / 9:38 PM

    Wondering about doing these for client gifts. How could you keep the dough soft and prepped for 24-48 hours? Thinking ahead for next Christmas….

    • Christine
      December 28, 2018 / 9:52 AM

      I’m not really sure about this. Maybe keeping it refrigerated and then adding just a tiny bit of water before you use it? This would make such a fun client gift. 🙂

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