Deck the Dog House: Tips and Tricks for Holiday Crafting with Your Pets

Deck the Dog House: Tips and Tricks for Holiday Crafting with Your Pets

The holidays are upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with your four-legged family members? Pets feel left out during the holiday season, but there are plenty of ways that you can include them in your festivities. Here are some great ideas for including pets in your holiday crafting!

Make a pet themed ornament

No need to spend hours on this one! All you have to do is find an old jar or vase, paint it up festive colors, add some glitter glue snowflakes around the edges and voila! You’re done. Cats will love wearing hats made from pipe cleaners glued onto paper plates!

Decorate their tree

This year why not bring some of that Christmas spirit to your pets’ tree? Give them the opportunity to share in the festivities with their very own ornaments. Popsicle sticks glued onto fruit loops make for a festive and simple ornament that they can take off of their trees once the holidays are done, too!

Make sure you don’t overload it though – remember that no one wants an injured pet during the holidays!

String popcorn and cranberries to make a garland

This is an easy one that both pets and kids can help with. Just tie some string around small pieces of popcorn and cranberry, then let your pet have at it! They’ll love playing with the festive ‘toy’ while you hang it up.

Make a dog friendly gingerbread house

This is another easy one, and your pet will enjoy watching you decorate it! All that needs to be done for this is to get out the treats (not too many!) and let them lick up all of the excess frosting once you’re finished. Just make sure they don’t try to eat the actual gingerbread house.

Make a pet bed

This is a great gift for your furry friends that they’ll be able to use all year round! All you need is an old pillowcase, some stuffing, and some fabric scraps. Cut out two matching pieces of fabric for the front and back of the bed, then sew them together. Turn the case inside out, stuff it with stuffing, and sew up the opening. Last, tie a piece of fabric around the edge for a finished look.

Make a pet toy

This one is especially great for cats! All you need is an old sock, some rice, and some dried catnip. Fill the sock with the rice and catnip, then sew it up. Tie a piece of string around one end to make sure your pet can pull out all of the stuffing before they try to eat it!

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