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DIY Pet Gifts for Furry Family or Shelter Pets

Family consists of those we love whether they have fur or not, right? At any time of year it’s fun to give gifts, especially those gifts we have a hand in creating. I’m a pet lover through and through, so there’s no doubt I wholeheartedly enjoy creating DIY pet gifts for my beloveds and yours too. Today, I’m sharing a collection of eight projects I’ve created in the past. Tell me your favorite!

Create your own DIY pet gifts for your own fur babies and shelter pets too | See the details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #christmas #pets #cats #dogs

While growing up, I had the opportunity to have horse, cows, dogs, cats, hamsters, fish,and even a few llamas around. There is no doubt I adore having animals as a part of my family. My dream has always been to have a homestead. I have even told my kids that they will most likely be replaced once they move out with animal of some kind. Do you have a wish list too?

I know I’m not alone and want to share with you a few fun treats that benefit you and your pets.

BOW-WOW BUDDIES

First, in honor of my lil’ guy, Teddy, I hit on the projects related to dogs. However, all of these you can easily adapt to your pet of any size – cat, goat, pig, etc. One of my first builds for him is a DIY pet ped. About six months ago, we had to put him down due to his 14 year old self failing and a torn Achilles. I miss my sweet shadow horribly. sniff…

Rustic Farmhouse Grain Sack Style Pet Bed with Plans & Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As you can see, he’s snuggled down in a easy-to-build & sew bed. It’s a build from basic 1″ x 4″s and a couple pillows in a fun grain sack case.

Miniature Schnauzer Curls up with Toy in DIY Pet Bed ~ Includes Plans & Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I have the full tutorial with step-by-step build plans ready for you. Keep in mind, you can size this for any dog or cat, etc.

DIY Pet Bed Plans with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

COZY UP

Then, if you live in an area that offers a frigid time of year, or want to adapt it to a rain coat, here’s what I made for Sir Teddy out of thrifted sweaters.

Argyle DIY Dog Coat from Upcycled Sweaters by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pets #diy #handmade #dog

Isn’t he adorable? Plus, he’s extra warm and happy while he savors the snow he loves.

Handmade Dog Coat from Argyle Sweater by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #pets #dogs #handmade #diy

Full step-by-step tutorial available for you to size to your needs.

DIY Dog Coat Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Next, let’s organize! While I have this detailed for a dog and owner, it is useful for any animal or purpose of your choosing. It’s a cupboard door paired with scrap wood and some fun hooks. Keeping treats and accessories handy is important…trust me.

DIY Upcycled Pet Organizer Coat Rack made from Reclaimed Cupboard Door by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #pets #dogs #cats #homedecor

Rustic Farmhouse Upcycled Pet Organizer Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pets #home #organization #farmhouse

Build one of your own using my free tutorial. Click below…

DIY Pet Organizer Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

CLEANING

One last idea that is actually something we should do often. Take a minute to give your furry friend a fresh, clean bed. I know many of us get so busy and we can forget about these things. Also, I know my dog loves to stink…haha. However, a good chemical-free cleaning does us both a world of good.

Dirty Pet Bed Before Cleaning by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces Pet Bed Cleaning with the SteamMachine Elite | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Pet Bed Cleaning without Chemicals by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pets #dogs #chemicalfree #home #cats

As much as Teddy loved his stink, he loved a fresh place to make more stink. haha. This was just before we had to say goodbye to our sweet boy. Cherish your loves while you can!

Sleeping Dog on Pet Bed by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #dog

Chemical-Free Pet Bed Cleaning by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST

Not only do we have Teddy, but our diva cat, Lily. She is the little rainbow I needed after the loss of our children – a sort of healing balm. I waited and waited to get pets at all because my heart is drawn to the country. Unfortunately, I don’t think that time is coming any sooner, so I have our memories of these two for now.

If you didn’t know, cats need to consume grass to keep their digestive tracts clear. If you have a cat that keeps eating your plants, then you need to provide them with fresh green. For DIY pet gifts, these cat grass vases made from bulb vases (that are wonderful for you to consume too!) are a blast.

DIY Cat Grass Vases from Upcycled Hydroponic Vases by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #pets #home #dogs #health #food #garden

Calico Cat Eating Cat Grass | DIY tutorial at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #cats #pets #health #diy #home #homedecor

Happy Calico with Cat Grass Planter by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pets #cats #food

You can view the post in the button below or the video thereafter.

DIY Cat Grass Wheat Grass Tutorial for DIY Pet Gifts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Easy & Fun DIY Cat Grass Tutorial Video by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, we all know cats love to play. Over the years, we’ve given the title of Killy Lily to her. She has a knack for killing all the cute furry and winged things in our yard. ahem. She blesses us immensely with prizes. However, during the winter, she lacks things to bring home, so I create toys for her. These natural toys are sure to please.

Assorted Basket of DIY Natural Cat Toys by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Featured DIY Natural Cat Toys by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You can make your own from this cat toy tutorial below.

Handade Natural Cat Toy Tutorial for DIY Pet Gifts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Next, after the fun adventures of a snack and toys, a gal needs a nap, right? Here are a couple of cozy cots that I created out of upcycled bits and pieces. First, here’s a cat cave made from chair legs for when she feels like hiding out.

DIY Cat Cave Frame from Upcycled Chair Parts | prodigalpieces.com

Calico Kitty Cat Cave by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces from Upcycle Chair Parts | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #cats #home #homedecor

Upcycled Cat Cave from Chair Parts DIY Pet Gifts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Or, if she feels like it, she can keep an eye on things from her cat cot I built from scraps from an upcycled headboard too.

Calico Cat Sitting on Upcycled Cot built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #diy #cat #dog #pets

Adorably Cute Calico Cat on DIY Cat Bed Hammock by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces #prodigalpieces #calico #cat #diy #giftideas

Upcycled Cat Cot Tutorial for DIY Pet Gfits by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

WRAP-UP

Well, there you have quite a fun selection of DIY pet gifts. I’d love to hear you feedback on them and tell me which is your favorite. Also, do pin and share to encourage others to create for our furry friends at home and at shelters too.

Create your own DIY pet gifts for your own fur babies and shelter pets too | See the details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #christmas #pets #cats #dogs

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Also, more gift ideas like my DIY pet gifts collection:

You can create this easy DIY wooden gift box in less than a day. Three different last-minute gift ideas that won't break the bank too. Full tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #giftidea #christmas #giveaway #diy #woodworking #home #homedecorHey Kids (& Parents)! You'll have a blast creating this Upcycled Christmas Cupboard Door Projects for your home and as gifts | Free Printables and Video Tutorial too | Get the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #gifts #giftideas #christmas #kids #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #video #tutorial

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    I believe you can tell how good a person is by the way they treat their animals. It’s obvious you are an Angel!! 😇🥰

    • Larissa says

      I sure do enjoy God’s creation to the full and animals are top of the list. 😀

  2. Mary Loveland says

    Hi Larissa,
    I just love the cat cot! I never thought of using velcro! Simple and slick, well done!
    Happy Holidays

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Mary! Yes, that stuff and elastic are genius inventions.

  3. Marie B. says

    It was nice taking a trip down memory lane of all your fur friend ideas. I remember each and every one of them and my absolute favorite (love them all) is the adorable cat cave.

    • Larissa says

      It is a great memory trip for sure. I miss all my past furry family and so wish I could have land to have more animals.

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