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10 DIY Dog Christmas Decoration & Ornament Ideas (With Pictures)

Cassandra Kyser

By Cassandra Kyser

Shiba inu dog inspects an advent calendar with handmade treats and eco toys for dog. DIY concept

The holidays are when many people feel crafty and take on DIY projects. Nothing is cozier than sipping hot cocoa while making handmade items for friends and family. We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for dog-themed Christmas decorations and ornament ideas. These projects range from easy crafts you can make in under an hour to more complex ideas for advanced crafters.

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The 10 DIY Dog Christmas Decorations & Ornaments

1. DIY Paw Print Ornament by Sweet Teal

DIY Paw Print Ornament
Image Credit: Sweet Teal
Materials: Oven, flour, salt, water, straw
Tools: Circle cookie cutter or glass with round top, rolling pin, baking sheet, wax paper, ribbon, optional paint
Difficulty Level: Easy, great for kids

A DIY paw print ornament like this one from Sweet Teal is easy to make and provides a lasting memory of your pup. A paw print ornament is an excellent idea for a new puppy. You can create an ornament each year and compare how they’ve grown!

You probably already have most of the materials you need for this project. Kids can join in the fun by mixing and rolling out the dough. This ornament makes a great gift for your vet’s office or your favorite pet sitter. You can personalize this DIY ornament with your choice of paint and ribbon.

2. DIY Dog Bone Picture Frame by Miss Molly Says

DIY Dog Bone Picture Frame
Image Credit: Miss Molly Says
Materials: Picture frame, dog biscuits, paint (red, white, green)
Tools: Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This DIY dog bone picture frame from Miss Molly Says is perfect for making for yourself or giving as a gift. This frame would look so cute on a mantel, bookshelf, or even hung inside a Christmas wreath! We recommend you practice arranging the bone treats before gluing them to the picture frame. That way, you have the look you want and know just how many treats you need. Keeping this frame out of your dog’s reach might be a good idea.

While the paint smell should deter most dogs from eating the treats, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We love the simplicity of this DIY dog bone picture frame. You could make one for other holidays and customize the colors. Orange, red, and black for Halloween; pink, yellow, and blue for Easter.

3. DIY Doggie Advent Calendar by Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom

DIY Doggie Advent Calendar
Image Credit: Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
Materials: 14″ x 14″ cork board, 6″ wide red burlap ribbon, one 6.5″ wooden circle, one 5.5″ x 3.5″ wooden oval, two 4.5″ x 3″ wooden ovals, two 2.75″ wooden circles, 24 miniature felt stockings, gold ribbon wire, white puff paint, snowflake charms, acrylic paint (white, black, brown, and red), dog treats to fill the stockings
Tools: Hot glue gun, hot glue, thumb tacks, scissors, sewing machine, saw (if cutting the circles and ovals yourself)
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Advent calendars containing candy or other treats are a tradition for many families. If your dog feels left out, consider making them a calendar. This DIY doggie advent calendar from Suzy’s Artsy-Crafty Sitcom is for the diehard crafters.

You’ll need to sew, cut fabric, and use puffy paint. You’ll also need to cut or buy a few pieces of circular and oval wood, but the finished product is worth the effort. Feel free to customize the paint to match your dog’s fur.

4. Paw Print Christmas Tree Keepsake Painting by Crafty Morning

DIY Paw Print Christmas Tree Keepsake
Image Credit: Crafty Morning
Materials: White paper, non-toxic washable paint (green, brown, yellow, and other assorted colors), picture frame
Tools: Scissors, pencil, measuring tape
Difficulty Level: Easy

Check out Crafty Morning’s paw print Christmas tree keepsake painting if you want your dog to get in on the crafting fun. The size of your dog’s paws will dictate how big of a frame you buy. You’ll probably only need a 5 x 7 frame for a toy poodle, while a Labrador’s paws require an 8 x 10 frame or a larger one. While we’ve rated this DIY project as easy, we didn’t take clean-up into account.

Antsy pups may try to run away with paint still on their paws. We recommend protecting your floor or table with newspaper or an old bed sheet. Have a wet washcloth handy to wipe off any paint so your pup doesn’t do a DIY job on your carpeting.  Use the image above as a guide, but feel free to add your own special touches. You could draw or paint presents under the tree or add garland.

5. Dog Treat Wreath by Upstate Ramblings

DIY Dog Treat Wreath
Image Credit: Upstate Ramblings
Materials: Milk bones, Pup Pepperoni dog treats, Christmas ribbon, cardboard, non-toxic green paint
Tools: Scissors, paintbrush
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Consider this wreath if you tackled the dog bone picture frame and want to move on to a larger project. This DIY project is fun to create, but it’s also fun to eat! However, keep this wreath out of the dog’s reach, so they don’t finish it in one sitting. Nothing ruins the holidays like an upset tummy.

Upstate Ramblings’ DIY dog treat wreath does double duty as décor and a post-holiday treat for your dog. We recommend painting the wreath the day before you assemble it to allow enough time to dry. The premise behind this wreath is straightforward, but we’ve marked it as moderately difficult. Tying the ribbon “just so” may require some patience and practice.

6. Homemade Snow Globe Photo Ornaments by tidymom

Snow Globe Photo Ornament DIY Tutorial
Image Credit: tidymom

Materials: Clear plastic or shatterproof glass ornaments (round and flat), two copies of a photo (2.5- to 3-inch wide), ribbon, artificial snow and/or glitter, Ziploc Holiday Container (for filling ornament with snow and storage)
Tools: Scissors, packing tape
Difficulty Level: Easy

This DIY project is a charming way to add a personal touch to your holiday decorations. Homemade Snow Globe Photo Ornaments are a delightful addition to any Christmas tree, making it more memorable with personalized photos. They are also excellent as unique, sentimental gifts.

With a photo of a special memory encapsulated inside, these ornaments become keepsakes, bringing joy year after year. Whether you’re using a photo of a cherished moment or a picture of a loved one’s new home, these ornaments are a fantastic way to capture memories!

7. DIY Christmas Decorations of Dogs by talenthounds

How To Make DIY Christmas Decorations
Image Credit: talenthounds

Materials: Photos, recycled cardboard, string, white cotton balls, red paper
Tools: Scissors, glue or tape
Difficulty Level: Easy

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with these simple yet engaging DIY Christmas Decorations of Dogs. An excellent activity for a cozy evening by the fire or an indoor day with the kids, these ornaments are crafted using materials that are likely already available in your home.

By adding a touch of creativity, this project can bring your favorite furry friends into the holiday season. Whether you’re hanging these on your Christmas tree, using them as unique gift tags, or presenting them as gifts themselves, these DIY decorations are sure to bring joy and warm feelings of festive cheer.

8. Paw Print Salt Dough Ornaments by onelittleproject

Paw Print Salt Dough Ornaments3
Image Credit: onelittleproject

Materials: Salt, flour, water, paint, glitter, Matte Finish Mod Podge, Sharpie or paint pen (gold)
Tools: Oven, paintbrush
Difficulty Level: Moderate

These delightful Paw Print Salt Dough Ornaments are just the ticket for getting creative and spending time with loved ones. This DIY project is a fantastic way to celebrate your furry friends while engaging the whole family in creating lasting memories.

Not only do these ornaments make a charming addition to your Christmas tree, but they also serve as a heartwarming keepsake of your pet. Whether you’re creating an ornament to match your pet or inspired by a favorite movie character, these paw print ornaments are an adorable way to personalize your holiday decorations.

9. Instagram Wood Slice Ornaments by mayricherfullerbe

Instagram Wood Slice Christmas Ornament1
Image Credit: mayricherfullerbe

Materials: Wood slices, printed Instagram photos, Mod Podge, ribbon or twine (baker’s twine works best)
Tools: Pen or Sharpie, paintbrush, drill (optional)
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Capture the essence of your favorite moments with these Instagram Wood Slice Ornaments, bringing your digital memories into the physical world. This craft project involves transferring Instagram photos onto wood slices and creating rustic, personalized decorations for your Christmas tree.

These ornaments make a beautiful addition to your Christmas tree, and they’re also a wonderful way to share your year’s highlights with loved ones.

10. Felt Dog Ornaments by post.bark

Turn Your Dog Into An Adorable Ornament With This Simple Christmas Craft
Image Credit: post.bark

Materials: Chopsticks, 3–6 cotton balls, felt swatches (make sure colors match your dog’s fur), embroidery thread (red and green), ribbon
Tools: Yarn or embroidery thread needle, hot glue gun and glue sticks, scissors
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Add a personalized touch to your holiday decor with these delightful Felt Dog Ornaments. Crafted from colorful felt and decorated with embroidery thread, these ornaments serve as a charming representation of your furry friend and are a great way to incorporate your pet into your Christmas traditions.

To create these festive pieces, you will need colored felt swatches that match your pup’s fur, along with some basic craft tools and supplies. With their bright colors and delightful shapes, these ornaments not only catch and refract the shimmering Christmas lights but also encapsulate special memories that you can cherish every festive season.

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Our list of DIY dog Christmas decorations and ornaments range from simple to advanced. Kids can help with easier projects like the hilarious photo ornament and pawprint ornament. Seasoned crafters will enjoy the advent calendar or the dog bone picture frame. The finished products will look great in your home or make thoughtful gifts for someone else.

Featured Image Credit: Egrigorovich, Shutterstock

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