DIY Holiday Gift Ideas: Paw Print Ornament

This week I’m sharing DIY projects that would make great gifts for either the dog or dog lover in your life.

Today’s project we are making Paw Print Ornaments.

Here is what you need:
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Salt
1/2 Cup Water
Mixing Bowl
Measuring Cups
Cookie Sheet
Rolling Pin
Spoon
Cup
Straw
Ribbon/String

Preheat the oven for 200 degrees F
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes (depends on how cooperative your dog is.)
Cook Time: About 2 hours
Skill Level: Easy
Great Project for Kids

Combine the flour, salt and water in your bowl. Then knead with your hands on a well floured surface until dough is smooth.

Roll dough with rolling pin until dough is about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick.

Use a cup to cut out a circle in your dough. Make sure your cup is big enough to fit your dog’s paw print comfortably.

Then, take your dough and place it onto your cookie sheet and press your dog’s paw into to dough firmly. This took us a couple of tries to get it just right.

Next, use a straw to cut out a small circle into your dough. This will allow you to hook a string onto your ornament.

Place your cookie sheet into the oven on 200 degrees for about 2 hours or until your dough is cooked through. 

Take your cookie sheet out and let cool. You can then paint your ornament, write your dog’s name and/or the year, or you can leave them plain.

You don’t have to do just your dog’s paw, I also did my nose and my pal Callie’s paw. Kids could do their hand print or you could make plain circles and decorate after they are done baking.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway that runs through Saturday. This giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 years of age or older. 
*Note: The tree is not part of the giveaway.

Tasty Tuesday: Sweet Potato Pup Chip

Hello Everyone and Happy Tasty Tuesday!
My mom was cooking up so yummy chips for me yesterday that were mouth watering good. Not only are these chips delicious, but they are healthy for you dog!

Sweet Potatoes contain 8 
important health benefits:
*Vitamin B6
*Vitamin C
*Vitamin D
*Iron
*Magnesium
*Potassium
*Beta Carotene
*Contain Natural Sugars

 These chips helped my mom capture these great pictures for #tongueouttuesday! 

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Thoughtless Thursday: Party Decorations

What would a party be without decorations and let me tell you, my mom went all out!

We started with a color scheme (red, blue, green and orange) and went from there. 

I already had the “Spencer” banner, which is great to be able to reuse props. A little DIY project that involved using a Cricut machine and a wonderful “Happy Blogiversary” banner was born.
Next, you have to be dressed for the occasion. Again, following the color scheme, I found this handsome bow tie at Target and this party hat on Etsy

What does every great dog party need, that’s right, a fire hydrant. Even though it is made out of paper, it still adds that extra something. 

My favorite is this DIY fabric banner. My mom went to our local fabric store and picked out a yard of five different fabrics, one pattern and solid colors. Can you guess which colors???

Once home we cut the fabric into one inch wide by twelve inches long strips. We did this until we ran out of fabric. Then we tired the fabric onto a long piece of twine in a pattern. We ended up making two banners, each about four feet long.

 

Finally, every good party needs balloons. The best part was using a bottle of peanut butter as the weight of the balloons.

I would love to hear from you, what is your favorite decoration, either from my party or at your own parties?
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Tasty Tuesday: PupCakes and Ice Cream Treats

What is a party without yummy food. Here are two easy recipes to do for your next doggie celebration. 
My first tasty treat is called PupCakes. These mouth watering treats are simple and the best part about this treat, we already had all the ingredients in our kitchen. 

After the PupCakes were done cooling we added some peanut butter frosting. Then topped them off with a Zuke’s Jerky treat. My mouth is watering them just looking at this picture.
You can’t have cake without ice cream. My handy bone and paw print molds came in handy with this recipe. But, a simple dixie cup or ice cube tray will do the trick as well.
My mom should have added 4 ripe bananas, 3 for the recipe and 1 for me to enjoy as I watched her make these treats! What more could a dog ask for then bananas, peanut butter, and yogurt all in one.
And finally, while we were at the Renaissance Festival yesterday we stopped at “Royal Paws” and picked up these tasty treats. Yes, that is a mini pizza. Unfortunately, they only sell at festivals and not online, otherwise we would be placing weekly orders.
And there you have it fokes! Yummy, mouth watering treats your dog would love to have.

Don’t forget to check back all week for more Blogiversary fun! There is a giveaway happening on my Facebook page and my blog! Make sure you enter daily for your chance to win some amazing prizes!

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Art Project With Your Dog

I’m excited to show you two different DIY projects that are easy and inexpensive to do with your pet. The first project is capturing their paw prints on paper. The second is making decorative art work for your house, while using those paw prints.

Supplies:
Tag Board (any size, the bigger the more paw prints you can get)
Acrylic Paint (any color)
Container Lid 
Cutting Mat
Cuter or Scissors 
Picture Frames (any sizes, as many as you want)
Rub On Decals (you can find at your local art and craft store)
Pictures (as many as you want)

We put the tag board on a small cardboard table outside. Then poured some paint on the lid to use as a “tray.” After dipping my paw in the paint, my mom just played around with different placement, pressures, and amount of paint. The best part was afterwards, I got to go swimming to “wash” the paint off my paw and it all came off with no problems.

Once inside we took out the glass from the picture frames and placed it just right on the tag board. Then, using the cutter we traced the edge of the glass to get the right cut.

After the paw prints were cut out and placed in the frames, we applied the decals. They say:
“A true friend leaves paw prints on your heart.” “My Dog.”

Looking back we should have chosen a different color of paint so the letters would pop out more, but maybe next time.

Since we had so many decals left over we put them to use on my treat jar.

And there you have it easy, inexpensive project you can do to showcase your dog.