DIY Pet Themed Holiday Décor

The holidays are here! This is the time of year for festivities, fun, friends and family. We consider our furbabies part of the family, so why not make some decorations just for them? It helps make the season special and keeps those tails wagging. We’ve got some decorations and ideas to include your four-legged family members in the festivities.

Salt Dough Ornaments

This is a fan favorite, and it’s a quick and easy way to honor you pet through the years. It’s perfect for imprinting dog or cat paws. This ornament looks great upon any Christmas tree of Hanukkah bush. (While it is safe to ingest, we don’t recommend you or your pet doing so.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • paint(optional)
  • parchment paper
  • straw for hole punch

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients. If the dough seems too dry, add more water.
  2. Split the dough into several parts.
  3. Shape the dough and place on a baking sheet (or oven safe plate), covered with parchment paper. I smoothed the top of the dough out by laying parchment paper on top and rubbing my hands on it.
  4. Gently push either a foot, hand, paw, etc into the dough circles.
  5. Use a knife to cut clean edges around imprint if you would like
  6. Make a hole in the top of the ornament with the straw
  7. Bake at 200°F for 3-6 hours until dry.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. (Optional) Paint with acrylic paint.

Holiday Cookie Wreath

This wreath is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. You can use store bought treats or make it extra special by using homemade treats. Fortunately, this wreath uses no glue or tape so it’s safe for your furbaby to snack on. While this design is for dog treats, with a little ingenuity, it’s possible to make using cat treats.

Candy Cane Dog Treats

These treats are perfect for the season, and they’re super cute! Keep them in a glass jar for some added decoration. Remember to avoid actual peppermint because it is hazardous to dogs.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
  • red food coloring (optional – use beet juice for a healthy alternative)

Directions:

  1. Whisk all your wet ingredients together until well combined. Add dry ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition to incorporate. Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Divide dough in half, make a well in one half and add food coloring, working it in. Add food coloring (or juice) until desired color is reached.
  3. Place both dough rolls back into bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm dough.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover a cookie sheet in foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Whisk egg for wash in a small bowl.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator, break each dough color up into an equal number of pieces- about one Tbsp. or so in size-depending on the size of the recipient.
  7. Roll each ball into a small snake-like shape. Work on a long sheet of wax paper creating candy canes to prevent sticking- dough will still be somewhat sticky and that is normal.
  8. Twist one of each color together and bend the end to create a hook shape. Place your “Candy Cane” on the foil lined baking sheet.
  9. Brush each with egg wash. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  10. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Pet Advent Calendar

The countdown to the holidays is part of the fun. This video shows you how to make human Advent calendars pet-friendly. The calendar in the video is for a pup, but add cat treats and toys to make it perfect for your favorite feline. You can have a 25 Days of Christmas countdown, the 12 Days of Christmas, or 8 Nights of Treats for Hanukkah.

Dog and Cat Paper Gift Boxes

Technically, these aren’t décor, but they could be! These boxes are an excellent way to wrap treats and toys for your furbabies, or use them as gift wrapping for fellow pet lovers. You could even gift a friend a rendition of their pet. These little guys would look so adorable sitting under the Christmas tree. Learn how to make them here.