The holidays are a time for family, inspiration, and creativity. If you’re anything like us, involving the family pet in festivities is a given. We’ve been working with 12 DIY bloggers to bring you a different daily craft for 12 days, for you to try at home. So deck the paws and count down to a furry Christmas with us!
On the 12th Day of DIY, your fur love will receive a DIY Holiday Dog Party!
For the dog who has everything, try the gift of playtime. We love spoiling our pups, but who will make the holidays special for local shelter dogs? Organize a doggie playdate with your local shelter and bring your pup along! Call to ensure your shelter has a space to host a gathering. Then, let the party planning begin!
Party planning involves treats, games, outfit accessories, and perhaps a few dog naps. These are our favorite ideas:
Make a few jars of the treat recipes posted in the last 11 days of DIY gifts. Here’s a holiday frosting to dress up your dog treats:
- ½ cup Yogurt (plain)
- ½ cup Tapioca Starch
- 2-4 drops All Natural Food Coloring (green or red)
- 2-3 tsp Skim Milk
Thoroughly combine yogurt, tapioca starch, and food coloring. Add milk slowly until it reaches your preferred frosting consistency. Decorate your dog treats and set them on wax paper to dry.
Toys & Games
Enlist the neighborhood kids to make toys from the last 11 days of DIY gifts. We loved making the DIY Christmas Pull Toy, Catnip teacup, and Braided dog toy. Bring these toys to the party for a group game of hide and seek. Hide the toys and treats around the room for the dogs to find!
Blankets for Nap Time
If the senior dogs or cats need a nap during the party, have a few blankets handy. Check out the fleece blanket from Day 10 of our DIY gifts or get your quilter friends together to create several holiday quilts for the pups.
Pick out your favorite holiday fabric and cut into strips long and wide enough to cover a dog collar. Cut strips of different sizes for both small and large dogs. Sew the strips inside out leaving the ends open. Flip the fabric back to the pattern, and you’re ready to thread these collars covers for the dogs at the party.
Ask your local shelter what items they need donated. Post your plans on social media and get your friends involved in donating items, creating DIY gifts, or planning the party with you. Invite a photographer to the party who can take photos to help promote pet adoptions. If you’ve got the energy, turn the party into an adoption day. Invite everyone you know to adopt a pet in need this holiday!
From treats to sweaters to blankets to toys, pet lovers near and far know how to celebrate Christmas with our furry friends. Thanks to all our blogger friends who contributed to the 12 Days of Pet DIY Gifts. We hope you’ve found several projects to make this season festive with your pups!