You are a very talented and crafty individual. The only problem is that after years of receiving homemade gifts for holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, all of your friends and relatives are getting a little sick of hand knit sweaters and needlepoint framed inspirational quotes. So where are you supposed to direct all of your excess creative energy? Well, look no further than that hairy mass of lap-pet warming itself on the backside of your computer. Here are three fun ideas for pet crafts that will make your little friend the pride of the backyard.
1. Pet Clothing
There are a few different reasons that your Chihuahua might be shivering: either it’s because he’s cold, or it’s because he’s a Chihuahua (or both). If you’re pretty sure it has more to do with temperature, then homemade dog clothing is the answer for you. Making dog clothing is as simple as finding a few free patterns online (Pinterest is a good place to start). Then just measure your furry friend and break out the sewing machine.
If you’re a knitter or a crochet enthusiast, pick up your needles and produce something fabulous. Industrious individuals all over the world have made jackets, hats, socks, and even Halloween costumes for their pets. Depending on your ability, you could end up with anything from the all-purpose doggy sweater, to something a bit more involved. You can also try making something fun for your cat, but I wouldn’t recommend making her wear it; needing a few hundred stitches could kill your creativity-buzz.
2. Pet Toys
It doesn’t actually require much talent to come up with a homemade dog toy. Give a cat a plastic bag and she’ll be entertained for hours. But if you want something more inspired, there are several directions you can go. Get some old fabric and cut out two identical shapes (such as a bone, or star), then just place some stuffing between them and sew them together around the edges. Voila! You’ve got an inexpensive, fun pet toy that your animal will be eager to demolish.
Or, if you don’t mind getting your hand gnawed on, take an old sock and decorate it to look like a face. Then introduce the sock monster to your pet and let the games begin. If your animal starts to become agitated (or overly aggressive) then back off. These games are supposed to be fun, not distressing.
3. Pet Treats
Although your pet may be content to east dust bunnies and house plants, it doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t also enjoy a good homemade treat. There are some really great recipes online that combine the tastiness of store bought snacks with the healthiness and lack of preservatives that you can only be sure of in things that you make yourself.
For the really committed, there are entire pet cookbooks and even kitchen appliances available on the market. So if you have enough love to give, you can prepare an entire multicourse meal complete with desert for the only member of your family who regularly eats his own poop.