Let’s face it, the holidays are the best time for D.I.Y. projects. From baking homemade cookies to creating one-of-a-kind ornaments, and even homemade gifts for friends. There’s no reason why your dog can’t be part of the fun, too! You shouldn’t have to waste your money on overpriced stockings, ornaments, or dog treats during the holidays when you can make just about everything from home. Involving your dog in the D.I.Y. season will help you two bond, and keep them occupied with their own little distracting projects. We know it can be hard to figure out these projects on your own, and that’s where we step in. We’re trying out all of the most popular D.I.Y. projects for pets so that we can help you get through these crafts efficiently with Fido.
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Paw Print ornaments are a unique one of a kind ornament that you can make for each one of your pets. They’re surprisingly easy to make, and you’ll always have a special way to honor your pup on your tree each year.
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- Acrylic or water color paint
- Mix all of the ingredients together until well mixed.
- Roll the dough out until it’s 1/2″ thick.
- Cut out the perfect unique paw shape for your pup. We recommend using cookie cutters.
- Press your dog’s paw into the dough until a clear impression is made.
- Take a knife or straw and poke a hole at the top (to feed ribbon through later).
- Bake ornaments at 250 degrees for 2.5-3 hours.
- You can then paint your ornament and hang them on the tree with a cute ribbon!
scrabble tile ornament
This is one of the easier projects we’ve done. While you can purchase a product similar to this online, it’s much funner, and less expensive, to make it on your own. We also love this project because you can make it your own! Add tinsel, berries, or cute ribbon to complete the ornament. You can use it to show your dog’s names, your kid’s names, or anyone else you want up on your Christmas tree!
- Scrabble Tiles
- Super Glue
- Collect scrabble tiles to complete your pup’s name
- Super glue (or hot glue) the tiles either vertically or horizontally. Let dry.
- Once dry, you can glue on holly, and fun ribbons to make it perfect for your tree. It’s that easy!
DIY Christmas Cookies
These fun pumpkin and molasses treats have a ton of wholesome nutrients and vitamins that are great for your dog. Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene and fiber that will aid in digestion. And the molasses contains Vitamin B6 and potassium. These treats will also make your whole house smell like pumpkin (which we love)! Of course, your pup will love the delicious taste.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Preheat oven to 350
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix together the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Slowly mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
- Make balls out of the dough (about 1″ wide) and put them on the cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with a fork.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
DIY mason treat jar
A handmade mason jar is the perfect way to store all of your pup’s treats, and also add to your kitchen decor. You can alter them to say just about anything, from “good boy” to “treats”, or it can simply have your dog’s name on it. You can also customize the ribbon wrapped around the top to suit the season. So stop wasting money on ugly treat jars that don’t even keep your treats fresh; spend a few minutes on this project and your pups will thank you.
- Use the letter stickers to write out any phrase or name of your choosing.
- Create a square around the phrase with the painter’s tape.
- Paint a thick layer of etching cream within the square you created with the painter’s tape.
- Once it’s dried, run the jar under water to remove the cream.
- Dry the jar.
- Remove the stickers and the tape; you should have a beautiful etched jar!
- Tie a cute ribbon or bow around the top, and fill with your dog’s favorite treats.
box knot diy toy
Box knots are great for making your own dog toys. They’re sturdy, and can be made with a variety of fabrics. Many people use either felt or old T-shirts, both of which become surprisingly sturdy when knotted together. We use fleece for our toys because the material is both stretchy, and dependable. For our project, we’ll be using holiday colored felt that will catch your dog’s attention. These box knot toys are great for tug of war, and chewing. Your pup will love the texture, and you’ll love how much money you’re able to save on dog toys!
- Red Fleece
- Green Fleece
- White Fleece
- Start by cutting 4 long strips of fabric (We used red, white, and green). You can make the strips as thick as you’d like to suit your dog’s chewing needs.
- Knot one end, leaving a bit of fabric at the bottom.
- Spread the strips in a + shape.
- Fold the top strip (red) towards the bottom (white), and the bottom fabric towards the top.
- Fold the right strip (white) towards the left (green), weaving going under, and then over.
- Fold the left strip (green) towards the right (white) weaving over then under.
- Repeat these steps until the toy is as long as you’d like. You can then loop and knot the other end securely.
diy dog gingerbread house
Gingerbread houses are not only fun to make, but they’re fun for your dog to eat, too! They make a great holiday decoration, and you can feed them to your pooch when you’re done. It’s a project that your whole family can take part in, and your dog will be free to eat any of the ingredients along the way. If your dog loves these treats as much as ours do, you might need a whole gingerbread neighborhood to get through the holidays. Simply double (or triple) up on the recipes, and you’ll be good to go!
- 3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tub Cream Cheese
- Preheat oven to 325
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix together the flour, ginger, and cinnamon. Then ad in the coconut oil, water, and molasses.
- Roll out the dough until it’s 1/4″ thick.
- Use either a printable pattern or cookie cutter to cut out walls and a roof for your house. Make sure you have two roofs, two walls, a front door, and a back wall.
- Bake all pieces for 15 minutes/
- Once cooled, you can use the cream cheese to hold the various pieces together.
- Decorate the house to your liking, then find a good time to reward Fido!