When it comes to crafts, fortunately I am a bit more skilled than I am in the cooking department, which long-time readers know is far from being my forte. When I arrive at the homes of dog-loving friends throughout the holiday season, I like to take something along as a gift for the canine family members. After all, anyone can bring a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine: The gifts that tend to be most memorable (other than the friendships) are the ones delivered to the family dog.
You need not break the bank in order to make a dog treat holiday jar of goodies; in fact, my dog, Dexter, helped me create one for under $5. Our treat jar incorporates both the dog and the dog mom or dog dad, as it contains items for both and a memorable keepsake. You can also make a few of these and deliver them to shelter pets and have a few on hand in case someone unexpectedly stops by over the holidays. Here’s the step by step in this edition of DIY with Dexter: Making a dog treat holiday jar under $5 bucks:
The shopping list:
- Craft jar: $1.99 (chalk included)
- Small ornaments: 99 cents
- String of white battery operated lights: 99 cents
- Adornments for outside the jar: 99 cents
A lot of these items are available in craft stores or the 99 cent/Dollar Store, so be sure to bargain hunt and buy in bulk if you plan to make more than one of these.
Purchase treats: This is the only part that will add to the cost, but you can fill a few jars with goodies if you make 3-5 of these. For this project, we used Natural Balance® treats without any artificial colors or flavors. The three treats you will see used in our project are:
- Natural Balance Mini Rewards: Under 5 calories a piece, duck formula. Puppies, adults, and senior dogs can all enjoy these delicious, nutritious semi-moist snacks.
- Natural Balance Burger Bites: Lamb Formula, gourmet treat for all life stages of dogs.
- Natural Balance Dental Chews Clean and Fresh Formula: To help support healthy teeth and gums (and to give dogs something to chew on as you wrap presents)
We picked the treats up at our local PetSmart location, but Natural Balance treats are available at a variety of locations and have a Buy With Confidence guarantee.
Start with the jar and fill with small ornaments. Brighter, assorted colors tend to show up better in photos and offset the color of the treats. Next, drop a variety of Natural Balance treats for dogs into the jar and top the jar with a lid.
Here is where you can get creative. We found cute present tags at the discount store, so we picked up a few of those. We found a bone ornament for $1 at Michael’s craft store, so we purchased that and added Dexter’s name to it with a paint pen.
Dexter upcycled a gift box from last year’s presents and topped the jar off with a Santa hat.
You can even intersperse battery operated white lights into the jar for added effect. Just flip the switch to “on” when it’s time to present the “present.”
This treat jar makes for a lovely presentation, is filled with treats that are worthy of the pet’s unique personality or character, plus the dog parent can utilize the ornaments and adornments and then fill the jar with treats throughout the year. Best of all, for under five bucks, you’ve assembled a creative gift that will long be remembered.
Get the scoop on the Natural Balance treats we used by clicking here for yummy treat options formulated by expert nutritionists.
Happy Howlidays and happy treat jar fun!
Have you ever gifted your dog or someone else’s with a homemade doggie treat jar?