Mommy on a Shoestring: Crafts for your favorite canine

It happened. Within 24 hours of getting a puppy, I have gone from a “non-dog person” to dog obsessed. Our puppy, Tucker, has opened up a new world for me, which is both delightful and exhausting, and filled with walks, cuddles and lots of vacuuming.

We adopted Tucker from Placing Paws of Illinois. He was one of 8 puppies abandoned earlier this year on a cold and snowy night. When the puppies were finally discovered, only one survived, that was Tucker. I am so grateful to Placing Paws and other rescue centers like them that are dedicated to saving abandoned animals. To find out how you can get more involved or adopt your own “Tucker” see placingpawsrescue.org.

I have also come to understand the reason Americans spend over $53 billion on their dogs each year and why I now believe dog crafting might just be the next big thing.

Micro-fleece Dog Bed

I love this project because it’s fun to do, easy to make and the end result is as cozy and adorable as your dog.

You need:

Micro-fleece fabric (2 colors; each color should be cut into a 35” x 35” square.)

Pillow insert (30” x 30”)

Measuring tape

Scissors

Chalk

Directions:

On a flat work surface, lay fabric on top of each other and cut

Cut 4” squares from each corner of the fabric (both layers).

Cut 4” x 2” fringe around the perimeter of the fabric (both layers).

Use a double knot to tie each piece of fringe from the top layer of fabric to the bottom layer.

Work your way around the perimeter of the square until your pillow / dog bed is ready to be stuffed.

Insert pillow form and close the opening by tying the remaining pieces of fringe together.

‘Pawcasso’ Keepsake

This project was created by Lauren LaPlante, who was a veterinary technician at Animal Medical Center in Skokie. Although Lauren passed away a few years ago her creativity and love of dogs live on.

You need:

Non-Toxic, Water Based Paint (such as tempera or finger paint)

Paper or canvas

Paintbrushes

Baby wipes

Directions:

Find a spot outside where you can quietly work.

Set out the paper or canvas.

Use paintbrush to gently paint your dog’s paw and then have him him walk on the canvas.

Use a baby wipe to clean the paw and repeat process with different colors.

Canine Canister

I love the elegant simplicity of this canister, which is made from a recycled cookie tin.

You need:

Recycled tin with lid (such as a cookie, popcorn or cracker tin)

Spray paint

Removable vinyl stickers (available at craft store)

Stencils (optional)

Ribbon

Glue gun or strong adhesive.

Directions:

Find a well-ventilated area and spray paint the tin and lid separately. Allow time to dry and paint a second coat if desired.

Apply vinyl stickers, or if you prefer, use stencils to paint a picture, word or phrase.

Use a glue to line the canister with ribbon. Set aside to dry.

Fill tin with doggie treats.

Bone Appetite!

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