When it came time to write this article all I had in mind was my sister. My sister is one of those people who believe her dog is her child. Now, I know she isn’t alone! Sure, I have pets, I have children too, not the same category for me. I can put the pets in a kennel if need be, the kids, although I’d like to some times, by law I cannot. My sister isn’t necessarily a crafty person either, but she loves her dog and would probably try any of these to make her happy (or keep her from eating thedresser).
Years ago pets were considered just that, pets, but today pets are considered beloved family members. Instead of being fed table scraps, they are given nutritional diets. Instead of bland, uninteresting collars, their chains are bedazzled with bling, and heaven help us if they sleep on the floor, oh no, pets today are given beautiful beds, sometimes better than their owner.
But what if you wanted to provide fun, funky couture for your pet, but didn’t have Paris Hilton money to do it. What if you wanted to feed your dog gourmet treats, but were on a limited budget? What if Lady or Spot (feel free to insert your pets name here) were sick of the floor and wanted a comfy place to sleep but the cost of a pet bed was outrageous?
Homemade crafts for your pets could be the answer. I know, you say, “But Mary, when it comes to crafts, I’m with your sister, who has time.” To which I would reply, “These are simple crafts that anyone can achieve, with little cost and minimal time constraints!” Okay, maybe I wouldn’t sound so bossy (although my sister might tell you otherwise) but it’s true. These crafts are pretty simple and cheap. Your pet will think you spent a fortune on them when they see what you’ve done, and will give you so much love in return, that it will be well worth the time you spent.
There are many recipes out there for homemade dog biscuits but this web site has them all conveniently located in one place http://www.bullwrinkle.com/Assets/Recipes/Recipes.htm They have Veggie Bones, Canine Carrot Cookies, even Liver Treats. I’ve tried the following recipe and my dog loved it! Although, she’ll eat anything (anything in “wood” flavor) she really enjoyed these special treats. Later she told me she thought they were the fancy gourmet ones you purchase from the store and was shocked at how wonderful they tasted.
Chicken N Garlic Bites
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder (not garlic salt!)
- 1 tablespoon soft butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup milk
Mix flour and cheese together. Add garlic powder and softened butter. Slowly add milk till you form stiff dough. You may not need all of the milk. Knead on floured board for a few minutes.
Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 350 degrees oven for 15 minutes. Let cool in oven with the door slightly open till cold and firm. Refrigerate to keep fresh
How about a cute old fashioned bandanna collar, but with a twist, this one will help with flea control. From the book, Nature Smart: Awesome Projects to Make with Mother Nature’s Help, by Gwen Diehn, Terry Krautwurst, Joe Rhatigan & Heather Smith, this collar is sure to bring some style and relief to your pet.
*One Bandanna (in your pets’ favorite color)
*Sewing Machine (don’t worry, very minimal sewing required, you could even do It by hand)
*Dried Pennyroyal http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/p/pennyr23.html
- Cut the bandanna into a triangle. Make sure one end is long enough to tie comfortably around yourpet’s neck.
- Fold over the top edge by about 3” and sew along the edge, creating a hollow tube.
- Stuff the tube with dried pennyroyal . Then sew up the opening.
I’ve been making these for years. I sell them in my store http://www.etsy.com/shop/thedpb but they are so simple to make, plus they incorporate the recycling component and who can argue with “Green” thinking.
- One old/discarded dresser drawer
- Acrylic, water based, paints in any color
- 4-3” balled feet (flat on top)
- A bed pillow (any size that fits your drawer)
- 1 yard of decorative fabric
- Velcro (peel and stick)
Guerilla glue & Scissors
- Sand down the old drawer with a low grit sandpaper. Fill in any gaps, dings, scrapes with wood putty. (sometimes I like to keep them, it gives the drawer/bed character)
- Prime the entire piece with a water based acrylic primer, then lightly sand again
- Paint in a variety of colors. Put your pets name on it with stencils. Let dry.
- Adhere the feet (Guerilla Glue is what I have found to work the best when adhering wood to wood).
- Lay out your fabric, decorative side down, and put the pillow in the center and wrap it like a present. Place the Velcro (strips, dots squares etc…) to the connecting points. This allows you to remove, wash and replace. NOTE: You could use a decorative pillow case as well
So, there you have it! Just a few fun ideas to get you started crafting for your pet. Now you can treat them like the precious gifts they are without breaking the bank!