The holidays are a time when we buy presents for our loved ones, including our furry best friends. If your gift budget is on a short leash, however, you’ll find that Fido will love a homemade present just as much, if not more. Some of these DIY gifts also make a fun way to keep young dog lovers busy over the holiday break!
Dog Holiday Ornament
Create a felt Christmas ornament featuring your dog! With a few simple materials, you can craft a holiday memory that you can enjoy every year.
- Felt Scissors
- Glitter and beads (optional)
- Your favorite dog photo
Instructions: Stack two layers of craft felt and cut out your holiday shape. Find a favorite photo of your dog and measure the face; cut a slightly larger hole in the center of one of the felt pieces. Place glue around the edges of the backside of the hole and affix the photo then glue the back and the front of the ornament together. Cut a three-inch length of ribbon, loop it, and glue it to the top of the ornament. Decorate with scraps of ribbon, glitter, or beads.
Fleece Dog Blanket
This project is so fast and fun that you just might want to whip up an extra blanket or two to donate to your local shelter.
Instructions: Cut two three-foot squares of fleece material (adjust the size depending on the size of your dog—or cat). Align the squares over each other and make three-inch cuts into the square’s edges at one-inch intervals, all the way around the square. When you’re done, the squares will look fringed. At the corners, cut off the square formed by the first and last fringe, and discard.
Next, tie the top and bottom sets of fringes, working your way around the square to create a double -layered blanket. (If you’d like to turn this blanket into a bed, you can also stuff the blanket with old t-shirts before tying off the final side of fringes.)
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
Your dog will be happy to get these in his stocking but if you’d like to turn this into a gift for your favorite dog lovers, these treats can be packaged in a Mason jar with the recipe and a dog-themed cookie cutter attached as a gift tag!
- 2½ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
- ½ cup organic peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup water as needed
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients except the water, then add it sparingly (the amount of water needed will depend on the oil content in the peanut butter). Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into fun shapes.
Bake on cookie sheets for about 20 minutes then remove and cool. Be sure to cool the treats completely before serving or refrigerating.
Image via Paris Permenter