Treat Your Dog With These Homemade Crafts

Our dogs are a part of our family. Just like we make gifts for all of the other members of our households, sometimes its nice to make something special for our dogs too. It can be something nice that you make for them on their birthday or on special holidays like Christmas, or it can just be something you make to demonstrate you and your dog’s sense of artistic style. If you’re wondering what types of things you can make from your very own home for your dog, here are some ideas to help you get started on your journey.

Bed Cover

One gift you can make for your dog that is relatively easy to get started with is a nice cover for their bed. This can be a perfect gift if your dog’s bed has seen its days and could use a facelift, or alternatively if you just want to make your dog’s bed a bit more comfortable or stylish for them. With a few sheets of fabric, a needle, and thread, you can be on your way to a rudimentary bed cover in no time. If you have a sewing machine at your fingertips, you can get a little more advanced with your design. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even upgrade from a bed cover to making your dog an entire bed from scratch.

Collar

Another gift that your dog will be sure to love is a custom made dog collar that shows off their unique sense of fashion. This project is a little more involved, but with patience and careful fingerwork, it’s something that even a determined novice should be able to handle. If you’re looking for something a little more approachable you can even make replacement bands for an existing training collar, as they are often relatively basic and utilitarian out of the box.

Leash

If you like the sounds of a hand-made dog collar, you may want to consider making a matching leash while you’re at it. Keep in mind that a leash has to stand up to some wear and tear, so this is a project that’s best left for when you’ve had a bit of experience putting together more rugged pieces. That said, a matching leash and collar is not only a great gift for your dog, but it can be perfect to give as a gift to a fellow pet parent as well.

Sweater

If you’re into knitting or sewing your own garments you should probably at least put some thought into making your dog their very own sweater. Sure, you could buy one, but where’s the fun in that? Custom make them a hoodie, an ugly Christmas sweater, or otherwise and they are sure to become the life of the party – as if they aren’t already!

Costume

If you’re really looking to take things to the next level, you could go all-out and make your dog a costume for your next Halloween season or holiday party. What’s cuter than a dog running around in an adorable costume? Not much, that’s for sure. There are some challenges that come along with making a successful costume, so if you’ve never done this before make sure to give yourself plenty of time so you’re not up against the frustration of a tight timeline. You’ll want to make sure you get everything just right, and that can take some serious patience!

How To Encourage Your Kids To Be Creative

All children have that natural instinct to discover because of their curiosity. Not only that, but children also have wild imaginations. With that, they have that instinct to do something about it. As a parent, you should help them with it and have them develop it. Like any other task, it is a process.

It will take some time and work, but you can definitely help them with their creativity which will be very useful as they grow up. Here are the things you can do:

1. Have the Means

The best way for them to do something is by seeing it in front of them. You will have to provide them that. It does not have something expensive but something that will encourage them to work on something. It could be by art and craft supplies. You can also provide them some books that will widen their imagination. It might also encourage them to write once they know about words. No matter what, get them something that will be good for creativity.

2. Do Some Activities

With the means and materials you have, why not use them? There might be a possibility that they would ignore them and just go on for something that interests them more. But you can definitely use them by doing some activities that will be fun for them. Kids love to be messy, so go on to make one. Arts and crafts are some of the best and popular ways. You can even invite their friends over with it. Not only that, but you can also encourage creativity in other ways such as gardening and cooking. Like with arts and crafts, they will get to see the outcome which will surely take their interest and would encourage them to do more.

3. Encourage Them

Words can also have an impact on them. Because of that, you can also use some words to encourage them. Explain to them the importance of it and how it will affect when they grow up. It may not stick them at first, but it may when they grow up. Adults at times tend to remember the advice they had when they were young. You can also show it and have some examples that will help them as they grow up.

4. Let Them Discover Their Passion 

Creativity is shown and done in different ways. People have different gifts and talents that can be useful. It is because of people’s differences in why things work out together. With your children, it is also the same. If you have numerous kids, they will be all different. Some might share an interest with you or your partner while some have a different one at all. No matter what, do not restrict them but instead, let them discover what they really like to do and persuade them if they really want that. What you can do is to continue to encourage them and provide the means so that they can excel and improve it with their own effort and profit.