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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Isn’t he adorable? Plus, he’s extra warm and happy while he savors the snow he loves.
Full step-by-step tutorial available for you to size to your needs.
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.
Build one of your own using my free tutorial. Click below…
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.
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!
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.
You can view the post in the button below or the video thereafter.
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.
You can make your own from this cat toy tutorial below.
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.
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.
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.
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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!! ??
I sure do enjoy God’s creation to the full and animals are top of the list. 😀
Mary Loveland says
I just love the cat cot! I never thought of using velcro! Simple and slick, well done!
Thanks, Mary! Yes, that stuff and elastic are genius inventions.
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.
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.