Pet Crafts

Pet Craft: Paw Print Ornaments

Paw Print Christmas Tree Ornaments

20141202_162807Our pets are a big part of the holiday festivities…they even have their own pet themed Christmas tree.  I made these sweet little burlap paw print ornaments this year to go with the Paw Print Christmas Tree Skirt I made a few weeks ago.  These ornaments were super easy to make and really inexpensive from a materials standpoint.

20141202_162914The supplies I used to make them:

  • burlap
  • felt
  • beacons glue
  • trim
  • jute
  • ribbons and bells

To get my basic shapes for the ornaments I used die cuts for my Big Shot.    I cut the front and back with the die cuts.  I used burlap for the front of the ornament and stiff felt for the back.   If you don’t have a Big Shot you could just as easily trace a jar or box on to your fabric and get the same result.  You could also make these ornaments with any fabric you like (thought you might want to stiffen it)…I have just been on a burlap kick this year.

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After I cut the front of the ornament out of the burlap I decorated it (painted it) before I glued it to the back.  I kept these simple and used paw print stamps and black craft paint.  I stamped the burlap with Archival Ink and then went over it with black craft paint.  Simply stamping on burlap will not get you a dark finished look.   I use Archival Ink pads because they are permanent.  Let your craft paint completely dry before moving on.  20141031_181416 20141031_183011

I stuffed a small amount of stuffing in between the front and back of the ornament (just a bit) and glued it shut with Beacon’s.  I prefer to use Beacon’s for projects because it has a good trade off between drying fast but not so fast that I don’t have time to re-position if necessary.  I  used ribbons and trims that I had in my stash to finish off the ornaments.  I glued the ribbon that is meant for hanging the ornament to the inside of the back fabric before I put the ornament together.20141031_183230 20141031_183150 I added bows and jingle bells to the finished project as well.  You could embellish with anything you want….holly, flowers, dog bones, etc.  You could just as easily glue all this together with a hot glue gun as well.  I was really pleased with how these turned out especially since they were so simple to make.  I made all of these start to finish in one evening.

20141202_162845 20141202_162633If you are a pet lover and crafter check out my Craft Page for links to more fun and easy ideas for pet themed crafts for you and your pets.  If you are a lover of all things pet consider following my blog via email; I post 1-2X per week on all things pet (craft ideas, dog training, pet rescue and more) and I post daily on my Facebook Page.

I leave you with a picture of one of our foster dogs…Buster…he is just lovin’ this whole holiday/family thing…my folks came for an early Christmas in Kentucky…Buster got presents and loved hanging out with his foster grammy and grampy!  If you have never fostered a dog…I highly recommend it…it is an amazing thing to see a dog who lost his original family begin to relax and feel at home and loved again.  We love you Buster!

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Nancy

 

Pet Crafts

Pet Crafts: Pet Themed Christmas Wreath

Paw Print Christmas Wreath for Pet Lovers!

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When we “deck the walls” at our house pretty much everything has a pet theme to it.  This wreath was super easy to make and fairly inexpensive as well.  Most of the embellishments on the wreath were made from supplies I had in my craft stash.  You could use just about anything for this, pet toys, chews, ribbons with paw prints, etc.

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20141101_193633I started with a plain wreath I purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby.  I cut the red beads off of it but left the pine cones.  I also purchased a plain burlap bow at Hobby Lobby (on sale).  You could easily make your wreath bow out of any pet themed ribbon but I have been going with a lot of burlap crafts this year.   I used a paw print stamp, Archival Ink and black craft paint to decorate the bow.  After it was dry I tied it on to the wreath.

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The red wooden bone ornaments were plain wood dog bones that I purchased at JoAnne’s last year after Christmas on sale.  I painted them red with craft paint and tied large jingle bells to them.  20141101_203736I looked at the JoAnne’s website and I don’t yet see them on sale this year.  However, you could use a dog bone cookie cutter and trace them on to felt.  There are also really cute glass dog bone ornaments at Hobby Lobby that would work well too.

The paw print hearts I made from burlap and felt from my stash.  I used a heart heart shaped stencil to cut them out.  I used a stamp, Archival ink and black craft paint to put the paw print on the front of the heart.  I filled them with a little stuffing and glued them shut with Beacons (felt on the back).   I added a bow made from paw print ribbon.  I attached them to the wreath with thread.

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I finished the wreath off by gluing several small red and white raw hide dog bones around the wreath. I found these at Walmart for a few dollars (I do not feed these to my dogs).

I hope you are having fun getting ready for the holidays this year!  We moved this summer to a new house in Kentucky (from Minnesota) and while it is a super cool house (built in 1875) it is a bit of a project so we are decorating for the holidays around our remodeling projects.

We are excited this year for the holidays in our new home…and thrilled that our pets are going to have a warmer winter to enjoy than what we used to have in Minnesota.  We are grateful that our Sam is doing so well (he is our dog that had the stem cell procedure) and we are also grateful for the two foster dogs living in our home.  We can’t wait to have a great holiday season with them.  One of our foster dogs, Turnip (Jack Russell mix) lived a life of hell chained to a post for four years; sick, skinny and cold.  This will be his first winter inside a warm home and we are THRILLED that he is spending it here.  Our other foster dog, Buster (lab mix), was dumped by his family recently and is working hard to try to fit in here…we are thrilled to have him in our home.  I firmly believe that some of life’s greatest blessings come wrapped in fur….Buster and Turnip are great blessings.

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Nancy

 

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Pet Craft: Pet Themed Banners

Pet Craft: Pet Themed Banners

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I recently moved in to a new home in KY.  Our new house has seven fireplaces, two of which are in my art studio.  I decided that I needed some cute pet themed banners to hang over my fireplaces.  I made all three of these with supplies I had laying around my studio.  Here is how I made them:

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Supplies: burlap (any color will work), Stiff felt (any color you like), craft paint, mod podge, stencil brushes or sponges, hot glue/gun, ribbon, Archival Stamp pad, paw print stamps, twine

I made my white WOOF banner first. woof banner

The first step is make a pattern shape for your banner.  I make my patterns on my computer (in powerpoint), cut them out and pin them to my banner fabric and cut each one.  Here is a pdf file of the template for this banner : WOOF Banner.  Particularly when you are cutting burlap you are going to want to pin your pattern securely to the burlap. 20140914_160333 Line the top edge of the pattern up with a strand of the burlap when you pin.  Once you cut your burlap piece, iron it and be gentle with it as you work so it will not fray (we will address stopping the fray shortly).

To create my letter stencils I printed out WOOF in the size and font I wanted in Microsoft Word and carefully cut out my letters. 20140914_185532

When I put the stencils down I tape them in place, and use a flat brush or sponge to dab the paint on (I use a minimal amount of paint and dab lightly).  Let the stencil sit for a few minutes to dry.  After I pull the stencil off I touch up the letter with a pointed brush to make it a darker and cleaner paint job.  If you use too much paint or press to hard with the initial stenciling you risk bleeding under the stencil.  I used a large paw print stamp to make my end banners. I stamped the paw prints with archival ink and then went back over the stamped image with paint.

20140916_183805When my banners were dry I flipped them upside down on my craft mat (important to use a craft mat underneath).  I ran my twine across the back and covered the crevice behind the twine with hot glue, folded the burlap over the twine and held it down until the glue was cooled.

20140916_143813 Measure the space between each flag as you glue it to the twine for an even look to your finished project.  Once your glue is cool, trim your folded edges so they look neat and tidy.20140916_184556

To address the fraying of the burlap and make this a lasting project I used Mod Podge.20140916_184819  For this project I used Matte but you could use Gloss if you want.  I set my banner on my craft mat (important to reduce the mess).  20140916_185336  I used a very generous amount of mod podge applied with sponge to each banner and then I hung it to dry over night.  It is only necessary to apply the mod podge to one side with burlap.  The flags of the banner may curl a bit after the mod podge dries.   To reflatten the banners I set them on my ironing board, put a piece of card stock over them (important) and gave them a quick iron.

To finish off this banner I added some paw print bows; I tied them first and then hot glued them on.

love banner 2  My second banner was my love banner.  Here is the template I used to make the pattern: LOVE Banner Template.20140916_160115  The banners are made from stiff felt that I purchased at JoAnne’s, it comes in a variety of tie die color themes.  I just love this pink and orange…so girly!  I did the same process with letter stenciling on these banners.20140917_142134  I used a smaller paw print stamp but followed the same process as the WOOF banner; stamp with archival ink and then paint over it with craft paint.  I added some pink gem stones to the banner and some orange bows to finish it off.

got rescue 2  My last banner is my Got Rescue Banner.  Here are the templates I used to cut the banners: Got Rescue Banner.  The back piece of the banner is made from stiff black felt and the front from brown burlap.20140917_151730  I cut both my banner shapes and then hot glued my burlap to the felt right away (I did each one as I cut) to keep my burlap from fraying.  Before I glued each piece of burlap down I ran an iron over it to make it nice and flat.  I used a paw print stamp and archival stamp pad to make my paw prints (again going over them with paint) 20140917_152327.  To make my “Got Rescue” letters I used some wood letters that I purchased at Walmart and painted them with red glossy craft paint.  20140917_151456.  To make the question mark I flipped an “S” backward and cut part of it off.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful.  For more tutorials check out my Craft Page and/or sign up to follow my blog.  Here is a picture of what my sweet labs were doing while I was working on this tutorial:

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Nancy