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2 Top DIY Dog Christmas Card Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Puppy with christmas toy

With the holidays quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to get your Christmas cards started. For dog parents, what better way than featuring your dog on the card? While reaching out for professional cards can be quite expensive, those who love taking on a DIY project can easily make their own dog Christmas cards. All you’ll need to make beautiful and creative doggy Christmas cards is a bit of imagination, creativity, and a few materials you may even have lying around the house. Take a look at these holiday ideas and let your creative juices start to flow.

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The 2 Top DIY Dog Christmas Card Plans

1. DIY Thumbprint Pooch Card by Stay and Roam

DIY reindeer Christmas cards
Image Credit: stayandroam
Materials: Preferred paint colors, white gel pen or paint, glue, red felt, black fine liner, and card
Tools: Thumb
Difficulty Level: Easy

This thumbprint pooch card originally features reindeer but what better way to bring your favorite pet into the holiday mix than using dogs instead? To make this card, simply use your finger, or your child’s finger, to get a print and place it on the card using the color of paint best matching your pet or your preferred pet. Once the prints are done and dry, simply add your drawn ears, holiday scarf, or whatever additions you choose. When finished, use the felt to add the nose and you’ll have a cute holiday card to send your friends.

2. DIY Doggy Garland Card by Delia Creates

Family Bunting Christmas Card
Image Credit: deliacreates
Materials: Photo printer paper, baker’s twine, and washi tape
Tools: Computer, printer, scissors, and ruler
Difficulty Level: Medium

Again, this doggy garland card idea uses a creative family card and makes it your dog’s personal photo collage. By snapping a few creative photos, creating a card on the computer, and stringing it all together, you can have your dog as the star of your card. If you want, you can even add in a few photos of yourself and the rest of the family so everyone gets in on the action. You’ll need a computer and printer to make the photos and print the cards. Once that’s done, however, everything else is done with your own hands.

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Capturing the Right Photo

While these 3 DIY dog Christmas cards are made at home, it is possible to use multiple printing sites and their templates to print Christmas cards featuring your pets. We didn’t include those here to stick more to the traditional DIY feel of making your own card by hand. Whether you choose to completely make the cards yourself like above or prefer using online makers, getting the perfect photo of your dog for the holidays can be stressful.

Here are a few helpful tips to make the photo session run a bit smoother.
  • Have someone with you to handle the photography so you can focus on your pet
  • Use treats and toys to get the reactions you want
  • Choose a great backdrop that is festive
  • Only use clothing and accessories your dog is comfortable with
  • Take lots of photos so you can choose the ones you feel turn out the best
  • Have fun with your pet and it will show in the photos taken

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As you can see, there are ways you can make a Christmas card, by hand, that features your pet or your love for your pet. The trick is to choose the one you feel drawn to. If you want your dog’s face waking your family and friends up on Christmas morning, photo cards are your best option. If you simply want to remind people of your love for animals, then a cute thumbprint dog is the way to go. Either way, you and the family will have a great time making your personalized holiday cards.

Featured Image Credit: YamaBSM, Pixabay

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