Create an inexpensive, unique personalized dog gift!
Looking for inspiration to add a personal touch to your gift for a dog lover? On a tight budget? You've come to the right place!
Some ideas we share include:
Final step: Use your cookie cutter(s) to make the dog outlines and bake.
GIFT JAR 1: Here are directions supplied by Mercedes (Houston, TX)
It's as simple as that. Very sturdy for treats.
GIFT JAR 2: These are some of Jo's ideas:
Remove the label from an empty glass jar.
Decorate the jar with:
Fill it with dog treats, either store bought or homemade.
Remember that treats can include baked goodies and firm cheeses, as well as homemade jerky, bones, or dried fruits.Cover the top with a lid, or a pretty piece of plastic or tissue paper, and secure it with a rubber (elastic) band.
A personalized dog gift basket can be a bit more elaborate as you can fit so many more things inside it. For example, you could include several decorated treat jars with fun shaped biscuits or different types of inexpensive treats.
Feel free to add non-food items, such as a handmade crocheted or knitted dog collar, leash, or leg warmer as described below.
You can leave these items unwrapped, use wrapping or tissue paper, or else cover them with pictures from old dog magazines.
Note that thrift stores are often an excellent source of inexpensive baskets. If you're not sure what size you'll need, pick out a couple. A basket that is too large can have tissue paper or balls of yarn as filler.
Our single-layer and basic double-layer bandanas are very easy to make from a wide scrap piece of cloth (about 48 inches or 1220 mm for a big dog). If your cloth isn't wide enough, simply sew more than one piece together. The cloth only needs to be between 9 and 12 inches in height.
If you use a plain colored fabric for the background, you can add the dog's name to personalize it, using glittery fabric glue or embroidering it in a contrasting color.
Carefully selected yarn colors of the same thickness that look good together; then weave or braid an attractive collar with matching leash for a small dog!
Use a buckle and a metal ring from a thrift store belt to make it functional.
If you're more into sewing, then follow our instructions for the nylon dog collar using whatever fabric that is sturdy enough you'd like.
It should be fairly simple to add the dog's name or dog related designs such as bones or doghouses with fabric glue or embroidery.
Take some yarn in a contrasting
color and embroider the dog's name on it (I used chain stitch in the photo shown). You can also crochet separate chains of stitches and then use glue to attach the letters.
If need be, use a piece of
chalk or outline the name with pins first so it comes out the way you
That's right, you can custom make a dog bed! Here's one that's practically free to make if you have a couple of old couch cushions - perhaps from a couch that the receiver of the gift would recognize!
If you want to make a bed from scratch or just make an easy dog pad, go to make your own dog bed for ideas.
If you have the means to buy a dog bed, simply find a way to add the dog's name to the sides of the bed. You could use strips of quilted or rolled fabric to make the letters and glue or sew them to the bed. Also consider adding an outside pocket in a matching fabric.
We think these balsa wood refrigerator magnets are not only a cinch to make but can wow someone if you make them look like dogs you both know!
Consider writing the dog's name near the base of the silhouette to make things crystal clear.
Does a friend or relative dog have a dog house that's looking dreary? Offer to spruce it up with non-toxic paint and add the dog's name to the front.
Or if you like to build and want to get fancy, consider adding a deck with a porch or some gingerbread trim.
If this is to be a surprise, you'll need to enlist help from someone else in their household so that you can get the appropriate measurements...
As you can see, making a personalized dog gift can be a simple endeavor or take you many hours, as you choose. Now that you have some of my ideas, I bet you can come up with ones of your own! Feel free to share them here.