Season’s greetings and wreck the halls with tennis balls of holly: It’s holiday season and Fidose of Reality has you covered for those Christmas and Hanukkah cards. Dog lovers of the highest order, if you want to include Fido on or in your dog holiday cards, you’ve stumbled onto the right post.
These creative card ideas are sure to make your holiday card stand out on someone’s mantle and are oh-so-perfect for framing, too. Here then are our selections for 50 of the best dog holiday card ideas. Some of these are poses, some are creative crafts with little effort, and others are permanent keepsakes to inspire the recipients:
Custom Paw Stamper
This is my dog, Dexter’s, actual paw print. I ordered a custom pawprint stamper from a gal on Etsy and was so thrilled with the results that I am going to have my dog sign our cards this year. The stamper features your dog’s actual full-scale pawprint. I’ll have this keepsake forever and can use the stamper on any sort of crafts, projects, at expos, and cards. See how how incorporated it into a holiday design? This was done in less than two minutes for free on Canva.
Let It Snow
Most of us have a photo of our dog running through the snow, outside in the snow, or in some capacity near or around the white wintery stuff. Edit a snow-themed dog photo, add some fun text using PicMonkey or Canva, upload to any of the popular photo card services (I like Shutterfly and they usually have coupon codes if you Google), and wha-la: Instant flaky fun. Take the snow theme to the next level and stuff a few mini snowflakes from the party/dollar store into the card. See?
My friend Colleen O’Fallon, of Sweet Paws Bakery, does something very clever with her daycare clients. She does crafts with them for the holidays, so that when their parents come to pick them up later in the day, the dog is sent home with a personalized craft for mom or dad. She uses a dog-friendly safe ink to get an actual pawprint and then she draws something “around” the paw. So think Santa’s sleigh, a snowman, the paw as the center of a wreath, and so on. Here are a few ideas she used for previous holidays, and how adorable would these designs look on the front of a dog holiday card?!
Customized Photo Ornaments
Trim the tree and gift your recipients with a personalized ornament “card” that becomes a permanent keepsake. Photo services offer these, like Shutterfly, or you can order the prints and make them yourself for a much lower price point.
We’re talking construction paper, cutting and pasting circular images of your photos, glueing them on the paper and inserting some ribbon into the paper for mailing.
Photo Card Ideas
Some of us simple love to send photo cards but we are tired of the same old Fluffy on Santa’s lap image. Here then are 46 poses that you can recreate with your dog. Never put a dog in harm’s way, put apparel on a dog that causes discomfort, nor make a dog do something that makes him or her miserable. Put the joy into the holiday season and have fun with your dog. The best shots I’ve ever captured have been the ones that were not “posed.” That said, here are some of the very best Fidose of Reality fans ideas for dog holiday cards:
Creative Photoshopping: Frosty doesn’t need two arms after all.
Fans of the movie, “A Christmas Story” will love this recreation
Include the dog in your baking plans, and wha-la, instant adorable photo for the dog holiday cards!
Writing a canine letter to Santa: Creativity at its finest
“If we stay real quiet, Santa will shimmy down the chimney soon”
Three Wise Men: ‘Nuff Said
Simple says it all: A dog playing with ornaments on a clean white background
Janice Bryant (no relation) never ceases to amaze with her Border Collie rescue dogs for her holiday photo
Silent Night, Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in His Head
Somebody had one too many doggie biscuits for New Year’s: Creative and funny!
Just a little ribbon and a cute dog: Christmas Card fun!
Props from the pet supply store lend themselves well to this adorable Hanukkah photo
One part Santa hat, one part adorable dog, one part menorah: Holidays covered!
Check for Halloween clearance sales and make a fun costume like this, which was a previous contest winner!
Simple. Elegant. Beautiful. Easy to do with some ribbon.
The whole family can get in on the Christmas card fun!
A beautiful religious themed sentiment from Chico of Stella Panzarino
A family affair of Snowball fun: Why not? How clever is this!
You can’t go wrong with a photo of a cute dog, milk, and cookies for Santa
Make the dog the present by the tree: Coco’s mom, Christine Aiello, thinks outside the box on this one
Let there be light
Embrace your Surfin’ Santa if snow is not in your forecast
Dashing through the snow: Consider an action shot!
Merge the dog’s house with the Christmas tree
Take a current popular character (or a timeless one) like Olaf next to your dog: We had this done at PetSmart last year
Sometimes less is more, and these two elves are adorable and card ready
Think Pink (or another color) for a unique card!
Take a familiar shot and snap it at a different angle: How precious is this?!
You have to do an antlers pose
Take advantage of scenery for the holidays, as Ryan Jordan did with Quincy and Bentley
A cute background with dogs and scarves: Easy and totes adorbs!
Some photos are just made for cards
Some of us are naughty, others nice: You decide
Holiday sweaters are everywhere these days: Grab one, pose your dog by the tree, and there you go: (thanks Jose and Rex)
A hat and a beard: Instant Santa Paws
Cutest snow dog ever: Again, apparel can make a photo pop
A simple window photo says it all:
White background, dogs in red: Winner winner!
Humor for sure!
Rudolph x5: Imagine how fast Santa will get his chores done (Judi G with the Tzu Kids)
Phoenix and Gryphon represent a favorite Christmas duo
Gingerbread is a fun photo theme (thx Colleen O’Fallon)
The Cattle Aussies have a great idea: Three different dogs, three different props, perfect pic!
A fantastic background with agility poles and holiday decor
A cute Halloween costume makes a fantastic photo card for Christmas
All snuggled up, waiting for Santa – great background makes for a fantastic card
So there you have them: 50 ideas for holiday cards for dogs. Do you include your dog in or on your holiday cards?
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