Ideas To Mark The Holidays For Your Pets
Every year, we make the holidays sparkle for every member of the family -- including our four-legged ones. We put our pets in the family photo and they hang out with us as we open presents around the tree, but we can always do more to share special occasions with them. To keep them included, we came up with a few ideas to mark the holidays with your pets.
Comfy, Cute Coverings
Just about everyone in the family has an ugly Christmas sweater -- whether it's intentional or not. Fido and Fluffy can join in the fun with a little help on your end. It doesn't take a lot of effort if you have hot glue -- a regular pet sweater can be transformed into an ugly Christmas sweater with leftover holiday decor and doodads, or you can find holiday trinkets from the craft store to glue on your pet's sweater. This won't likely make your pet jump for joy, but is anyone really happy wearing an ugly sweater? Whether your pets wag their tails with delight or slump with shame, it makes an excellent photo opportunity.
One of the great holiday traditions for a lot of families is creating personal ornaments for each family member. There are a couple of ways to make an ornament for your pet. Salt dough paw prints are probably the easiest to make in the kitchen, and they're very cute.
Salt dough ingredients:
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 200║F
- Mix all the ingredients together to form a ball. Using a rolling pin, flatten the ball so it's about 1/2-inch thick.
- Use a cookie cutter -- you can try shapes, but round may be best for a paw print -- and cut out a bit of dough big enough to fit a paw -- you can make several for gifts or you can make them into gift tags.
- Using patience and understanding, take your dog or cat's paw and press it on the dough to make a significant indentation.
- Use a straw to cut out a hole for baker's twine to hang on the tree.
- Bake on a cookie sheet for about 40 minutes or until your ornaments are dry.
If you like your pet's face more than his paw, you can make ornaments using photos. If you're more silly than sentimental, you can attach a photo of their faces to fuzzy bodies to hang on the tree. Check out Bark Post's tutorial on making fun with your pet's photo.
Curios For The Curious
We all like homemade gifts -- our pets might not know the difference, but a handmade toy is worth the effort for our little guys. Cats are easy to please -- give them something to bat around and they're occupied for hours. Try making pompoms for your furry friend -- all you need is a little bit of yarn and a fork to make a cat-sized pompom. Recipe Book and More has an easy step-by-step method to creating holiday madness for your kitty!
If you're a family who likes to document every move during the holidays, make sure your furry friend is dressed appropriately. You don't have to go all out to make him a costume to suit the season, but a little red and green or some tinsel helps them fit in the photos. Tying a bow around his neck seems like a good idea, but try to work out a Christmas collar that's more secure and won't unravel with a few swipes of a paw. Love Pets DIY has the method for a dashing collar with all the bells and holly any pet needs for the holidays.