It can be easy to forget the furry members of your family when doing Christmas gifts, but if you are looking for some do-it-yourself stocking and stocking stuffer ideas for your four-legged loves, check out these great ideas. They’re simple and inexpensive, and you can have them ready in a matter of hours.
Buy a plain $1 stocking from the Dollar Tree and decorate with your pet’s name in fabric paint. To really make this a “pet stocking” use felt (23 cents a small sheet) and cut it out in shapes (like a bone or a fish) and glue it onto the top of the stocking. Write your pet’s name in fabric paint pen on this design.
Using felt pieces, sew a stocking in the shape of a bone and decorate one end with paw prints.
Make a pet paw by cutting off the bottom half of a cheap stocking, rounding out the pieces, and sewing the bottom back on. Using felt, decorate the round bottom to look like a
Using an inexpensive stocking, monogram your pet’s initial on the front with fabric paint and then attach a paw shaped felt tag to the top. This will keep your stockings looking uniform while showing that particular stocking is for your pet.
Pet stocking stuffers:
Of course, any type of toy is a great idea. You can make homemade toys from pompoms sewn together and attach a bell, or by making a bone shaped stuffy from old scraps of fabric. If your pet likes squeak toys, you can buy squeakers at the pet store for about 25 cents each.
Homemade pet treats are also a great idea. For example, these peanut butter and pumpkin dog cookies are great and gluten free (something pets, especially aging pets, need).
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff as you mix. Roll the dough and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Bake about 40 minutes.
Allow to cool then store in an air-tight container.
Make your pet a customized collar to make them even prettier than they already are. But a cheap nylon collar and sew rhinestones, buttons, and other such things to it. If your pet chews on his or her collar, though, skip that and simply paint the collar with fabric paint so as not to create a choking hazard.
Make a personalized pet tag by either doing it at a local pet store, or making one yourself with metal pieces you buy at a craft store. It is a creative way to identify your pet and give them something cute in their stocking this year.
Does your pet need a new food and water dish? These may not fit in the stocking, but they are cute gifts. Personalize your pet’s new dishes with paint and stencils to make them unique for your four-legged friend.