Whether your goal is to create a stepping stone or some other form of keepsake related to your pet, creating a paw print mould is a way to personalise a one-of-a-kind item. The most difficult part of this process involves obtaining your pet's cooperation so that you can get a clear, well formed paw print. Here are two methods for making your pet's paw print mould.
Use your hands and work a ball of modelling clay that is approximately the size of your palm into a pancake shape 1/4-inch thick.
Place the flattened modelling clay onto one sheet of cardboard, then press the second sheet of cardboard on top of the clay. Apply even pressure with your hands in order to smooth out the clay's surface.
Remove the top sheet of cardboard. Then, gently place one of your pet's front or back paws onto the clay. Carefully apply pressure to the entire paw to achieve a complete imprint. Have a helper hold your pet, if necessary, while you complete the paw-printing process.
Preheat your oven to 135 degrees C. Peel the modelling clay paw imprint away from the cardboard and bake on an ungreased baking tray for 15 minutes.
Remove the paw print mould from the oven after 15 minutes and allow it to cool.
Select an aluminium pie tin or some other disposable container to use for making a concrete impression of your pet's paw print.
Place two pounds of lightweight concrete mix and 1-1/2 cups of water into a mixing container. Using a plastic trowel, mix it until the concrete reaches a consistency where it slides off of the trowel.
Fill the pie tin or other container up with the concrete until it is within 1/4 inch from the top of the container, then flatten out the concrete with the trowel. Wipe off the trowel, and then wet it. Drag the trowel over the surface of the concrete to create a smooth finish.
Coat your pet's paw with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, and press the top of the paw firmly into the concrete. Press down on the heel of the paw to get a complete print.
Remove your pet's paw from the concrete mix, then wipe it with a towel and wash it with soap and water to thoroughly remove the concrete mixture.
Allow the concrete to dry for the time recommended by the manufacturer on the packaging. Remove the paw print from the mould. You may need to use a utility knife to cut around the edges.
When working with cement mix, cover your work surface with a plastic dust sheet to minimise clean up.
Be prepared to try several times to obtain a complete paw print from your pet if he does not want to cooperate.