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It may be Black Friday to some, but to me it’s the official start of the Christmas season, which means I can officially obsess over Christmas projects and recipes (not that I haven’t been doing that for the past few weeks anyway)! This also means I can officially listen to Christmas music! One of the radio stations started playing it last week, but I refused to tune in. I have a rule – no Christmas music or baking until Santa makes his yearly appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
This year it’s even more exciting because we have Hunter. The tree will be going up and the decorations will be coming out between today and this weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how he reacts. So far, he’s been really good with not touching any of the furniture or gnawing on any of my home decor sitting on the floor. So hopefully all goes well with the tree!
And because it’s Hunter’s first Christmas, we’ve got a small pile of gifts for him and I have plans to make him (and the other family dogs) some edible gifts, too! But I also wanted to add a few ornaments to our collection to show off our puppy love. I ordered a personalized stocking from Oriental Trading and Hunter has an ornament with his name on it. I thought it might be fun to try and make one with Hunter’s paw print on it. It turned out really well and Hunter was much easier to work with than I thought he’d be!
- Air dry clay
- Bamboo skewer
- Biscuit cutter
- Baker’s twine
- Cute, little puppy
- Grooming wipes
- Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten air dry clay into a small disk. You want it to be on the thinner side so you can really get your puppy’s paw print imprinted in the clay.
- Your curious puppy will want to know what you’re doing. Let puppy sniff the clay disk (don’t let them lick or eat it, obviously).
- Now that they’re familiar, position their paw print on the disk and let them step down. Wipe paw with a grooming wipe when finished.
- Use a biscuit cutter to get a round shape in your ornament. Make a hole in the top with a bamboo skewer.
- Allow clay to air dry for 24-48 hours.
- Add twine to hang and display on your tree!
Thankfully Hunter is pretty familiar with my crafting routine so he’s always happy to help, or at least supervise, with a project! Hunter was able to get this ornament done on his second try. I’m so happy with the results and can’t wait to hang it on our tree this year! If you’re using this as a “Puppy’s 1st Christmas” kind of ornament, use a paint marker or Sharpie to write the year on the back of the ornament.
I can’t wait to give Hunter his presents on Christmas morning. He already thinks every package that comes to the door and every bag I bring home is for him! I’m sure he’s going to have a blast with his new toys, like his fun, new snowman tug toy!
This ornament will be a fun bonding experience for you and your dog (no matter how many times it takes puppy to make their ornament). Spoil your dog with a few new treats this year and make sure to give them a pawsome Christmas!