Sunday, November 11, 2012

DIY Christmas Dog Gifts

Unique Christmas dog gifts are always a delight for pet parents looking for that perfect gift! Create it for them! Wow your family and friends this holiday season by making original gifts for their pets. 

This unique Christmas craft idea is courtesy of Treats By The Pawful, a dog bakery based in Minooka, Illinois.

dog gifts
Do it yourself Christmas dog gifts
by Treats By The Pawful

What you need:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup regular salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring - colors of your choice 
  • Cinnamon optional - makes them smell great
  • Cookie cutters - designs of your choice. For this project, bone shaped cutters and fish cutters made the main designs
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane sealant
  • Ribbon
Depending on the dough, you may need to add more water if it's too dry or more flour if it's too sticky.

  • Combine the flour, salt, water, cinnamon to form a dough
  • Roll out the dough and cut out shapes with the cookie cutters
  • Add food coloring if you desire to various parts of the dough
  • Poke holes in the top of the cookie with a toothpick
  • Bake at 200 degrees for about 2-3 hours until completely dry.
  • Let cool.
The little dog head and the holly were additional cut outs using cookie cutters to create the shapes. 

Some crafters add a touch of cinnamon to give them a wonderful aroma.

After the cookies are cool:
  • Spray or paint polyurethane to seal them and give them a shine
  • Add ribbon to turn into a hanging ornament
You can personalize them by painting on a dog's or cat's name. Although the ornaments will smell wonderful, they are not for consumption. 

This is a wonderful kids' Christmas craft.
 Let them have their own "pet" project.

Join us in the Facebook group "Homemade Dog Treats" for more exciting craft projects for pets!

If you have a craft idea you would like to see in action, leave a comment and we will work on it.


  1. These look adorable! I have some recent wooden ornaments that I would love to paint and decorate for my family of pet lovers for the holidays. I am not great at painting and would love some help and ideas on how to get started. They are round, wooden ornaments. I have scoured the internet and haven't been able to find any pet-related ideas. Any help would be greatly appreciated please! :)

  2. I would like to invite you to join us in the Facebook group "Homemade Dog Treats". Despite the group name, we have an active community of talented crafters and bakers who are all willing to help and have a wealth of ideas and expertise to offer. The link to the group is in the post above.

  3. Do these shrink a little while baking?

  4. Can you use acrylic paint instead?

  5. Thanks for the instructions! We're doing a practice run now, in advance for aDIY Event next week. Will post pictures on the facebook page! Thanks again for the great idea!