If you are watching a friend's furry family member or if you are dog-sitting a cluster of canines, create a clever keepsake for their human. These ideas are easy, inexpensive, and much-appreciated by any dog-lover.
Some easy and clever crafting ideas the next time you are dog-sitting are:
Pretty pawprint paintings. Anyone with any level of craftiness can complete a cute and canine-themed painting. This type of artwork involves dipping the dog's paw in non-toxic, water-based paint. Then, you carefully press their paw on thick paper or card-stock. Make sure to set up a wash-station so that you can quickly wipe their paws to avoid a mess on the floors in your home!
Some ideas include:
- Create a floral painting by using the pawprint as the bloom. When the print is dry, add leaves, a stem, and other details to complete the painting.
- Gently dip the paw in black paint for silhouette that you can simply label with the dog's name and date, and that is suitable for framing.
- Try painting a garden when you watch multiple dogs. Use each distinct paw for a different type of flower or tree, and label with the name of each furry muse.
Fido's fancy frame. Got a picture of the dogs in your care? Print it out, and frame it in a simple, wood or plastic picture frame. Create a memory photo by embellishing the frame with some canine-inspired accents.
Some cool, canine-inspired trinkets to glue to your picture frame are:
- Spray-painted dog biscuits.
- Scrapbooking embellishments.
- An old or unwanted canvas collar. Twist and twirl to adorn the frame, and hot-glue in several spots to secure.
- Old or discarded dog tags.
Canine-inspired concrete art. It is so easy to make clever, cement stepping stones that are suitable for a garden, near a patio, or near another pet's memorial or grave. If you are planning this project, try to save and recycle some old cereal boxes beforehand, as these are the perfect size for a stepping stone.
To make your stepping-stone:
- First, prepare the concrete or cement according to the manufacturer's directions.
- Create a mold out of a shallow box that is about the same size that you want your stepping-stone. Add the cement, filling so that it is a couple inches deep.
- Gently dip the dog's paw in the wet cement, deep enough to leave an impression.
- Wash the dog's paw thoroughly, and allow the cement to fully-dry before peeling away the box remnants.
Dog-sitting for a friend or family member? Make it the time to create one of these canine-inspired gift ideas. These are excellent gifts to give to the dog-lover, as well as to tuck away for the holiday season. For more information on dog sitting, contact a business like Love & Care Pet Salon.