Santa Clause is comin’ to town!
Holy woof, y’all! You guys know that the Mama is pretty much nutty over these holiday, eh?Just as soon as Remembrance Day (or Veteran’s Day for you American-like folk), passes, the Mama is all aflutter crafting, baking and generally making a mess.
She was it is this weekend with scissors and glue and all sorts of stuff. Look at what she made:
Holy woof you guys! It’s Christmas ornaments filled with dog treats. FILLED. It’s kind of awesome. Mama’s made a whole bunch of them to give away as gifts – and she’s making 24 super special ones just for us, as our new doggy treat Advent Calendar. **WOOF** Treats before breakfast? I’m so in. ALL. IN.
Do you want to make a dog treat filled ornament of your own? Here’s what you need:
- Clear Plastic Christmas Ornaments (Buy ’em here) for gifts or Clear Plastic Press Together Ornaments (Get ’em on Amazon) for an Advent Calendar
- Decorative Ribbon (Kol’s Note: Most craft stores have all the holiday ribbon up front, skip it! Head to the regular ribbon aisle, where you’ll find solid colours in sparkle, velvet and other finishes for half the cost.)
- Scrapbook Paper, Stickers or other embellishments (like these felt shapes or these adorable miniature ornaments)
- Crafters glue (Kol’s Note: Don’t cheap out. Get the good stuff)
You guys, this craft is silly easy. So so silly easy.
Wash the ornaments thoroughly and allow to dry. Fill the ornament with treats.
- For gift ornaments, I love the look of tiny training treats. For these ornaments, we used Sojos Good Dog Treats, Wet Noses Little Stars Treats and dried sardine treats. Other great choices would be Zukes Mini Naturals (you could even win some at No Dog About It), Nyima Bakery Itty Bitty Bites, or Wild Bites Minis. Each ornament held about 8 – 9 ounces of mini treats.
- For Advent Ornaments, I would use a larger cookie, with a cute shape. Mama says she’s going to bake us some dog-centric gingerbread cookies, but you could absolutely buy treats to go in your Advent Calendar. Some of the high end dog bakeries have some really amazing ones and our friends at Cloudstar just introduced their Gingerbread Buddy Biscuits.
Once you’ve filled your ornaments, cut a length of ribbon, lightly coat with crafters glue and create a band around the centre of the ornament. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Embellish the ornament.
- For gift ornaments, embellish with holiday shapes and stickers. I’m using these adorable mini ornaments.
- For an Advent Calendar, cut shapes and numbers out of scrapbook paper. Let me tell you, cutting out those numbers is tedious and it took Mama for-ev-er. She’s slow.
These ornaments can an adorable gift for the dogs in your life or a fun daily tradition with your own dog.
The best part is that you can make them match whatever colours you love – traditional red & green, icy blue and silver or (my fav) bright punchy flourescents.