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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Rescue On!

Nancy

 

Pet Crafts

Pet Crafts: Pet Themed Christmas Tree Skirt

20141101_181212Paw Print Christmas Tree Skirt

In our house the Christmas season starts the day after Halloween and for us the season is an awesome time to focus on spoiling our pets.  Christmas is a time to celebrate to all that good and joyful in creation and that most certainly includes the pets!   I put up a pet themed Christmas tree every year. My pets love their Christmas tree because I hide treats in it throughout the holiday season.   We moved from MN to KY this summer so I sold or donated many of my Christmas decorations before we moved (at 50 cents a pound to move things I figured it was time to cleanse and refresh some of my Christmas supplies).  My pet themed Christmas tree come with us though and I decided it was time for a new skirt!  I made this new skirt in one evening for less than $30.

20141026_152438I started with a plain burlap pre-made tree skirt at Hobby Lobby for 50% off (net $20).  Usually I sew my own tree skirts but when I took in to consideration the cost of the burlap, the lining and my time to sew the project it just made sense to buy the skirt already finished.  At $20 this was a great deal and time saver.   This skirt is well made and has a tan silk lining on its backside.   I ironed the tree skirt before I started working on it.

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To get the paw prints on the skirt I used a paw print stamp, Archival Ink and glossy black craft paint.  Simply stamping the paws prints on the fabric will not make a dark enough image for burlap.  I stamped the paw prints first and then painted over them with the glossy black paint.  Your are either going to have to do this in a workspace large enough to lay out your entire skirt or work on sections at a time and let the paint dry so you don’t smudge paint all over the skirt.

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I had some large jingle bells that I had purchased on clearance after Christmas last year so I sewed them randomly around the skirt.  I used large bells in red, green, gold and white.  You could use any size or color of bell or even sew on some holly, felt cut outs, pom poms or whatever Christmas craft items you have on hand.   Because I have cats (who love all things that jingle) I sewed these bells on really tight.20141030_194516

I completed the whole project in one evening (while watching the newest Good Witch movie on Hallmark :)).  I just love the skirt and as it turns out apparently Taco loved it too…as soon as it was around the tree she was rolling around on it and playing with the jingle bells.  I never tire of taking pics of my pets…but it is especially fun during the holiday season.20141031_16564320141101_180522

 

I wasn’t kidding when I said my pets love their Christmas tree.  Below is a picture of Sparky with his head shoved in tree looking for holiday treats within minutes of me finishing the tree!20141101_185449

 

 

Pet Crafts

Quick and easy handmade gift for the pet lover…

MAson Jar Hostess gifts 015  I made these three treat jars (filled with dog cookies) last night.  The whole project cost me less than $10 (not including the treats I put in the jars) and took about 90 minutes.    I am planning to use them as hostess gifts for dog loving friends over the holiday season.

I have attached a quick tutorial to show the products I used to make them.Hostess Gift for Pet Lover. Enjoy!