If you’ve got a cute canine or two that lives in your home, does your To Do list right now include “make a treat stocking for dogs“? Rather than just the same old run-of-the-mill gift bag, why not stuff the cutest little dog-sized stocking you can imagine? One just like this?

make a treat stocking for dogs

Isn’t that the sweetest little gift wrapping idea? And wouldn’t your little Spot or Mollie or Rex have a ball tearing into it on Christmas morning?

My dog chews fit perfectly into the adorable November Paper Pumpkin stockings and there’s even room in the toe for another treat, like a ball or small squeak. The stockings are made of bleached muslin and have a super cute fold-down black gingham top. Here’s a quick peek if you haven’t seen how adorable these are when they’re made per the Paper Pumpkin instructions.

make a treat stocking for dogs

The kit arrived on my doorstep a couple weeks ago and I just got around to opening it last Monday. And as soon as I did, I HAD to make them up right away! I made 10 sweet little stockings in about an hour with all the supplies in the kit. Not only are they a great size for a gift card, (these incidentally were fantastic sellers at my market night last Monday! Not a one left!) it makes the cutest pet stocking for a canine friend. Here’s a closer up pic of mine decorated for my pooch.

make a treat stocking for dogs

Unfortunately this particular kit is no longer available but Paper Pumpkin comes along each month with an exclusive photopolymer stamp set and all the materials to make the projects. It also ships directly to you so you might want to check them out for quick crafting ideas.

Ask anyone…I’m a sucker for dogs. In fact, our canine child Holmes has become my number one buddy since I’ve been working from home full-time. So much so that I can’t take two steps out of my office without him glued to my heels in case I might be leaving him behind.

So of course there’s no way he can be left off Santa’s list either. This year, he’s going to get some dental chews disguised as yummy treats like these ones from the Red Deer Bone and Biscuit. Inside his hand-decorated stocking is a Bark dental chew and a Churpi Durka yak milk dental chew. A little more exotic – and much better for him – than rawhides! Bone & Biscuit is chock full of ideas for stocking stuffers for your pet buds. And they’re all way more nutritious and fun!

When you start to make a treat stocking for dogs, you might like to decorate it like I did. Don’t you think the Santa Paws stamp set is just begging to be used here? It’s on the holiday retired list so it won’t be around much longer so I pulled it out again before it’s gone for good. Rather than focus on cats and dogs like I did in my DIY special Christmas cat treats, I choose the single Santa poodle image here.  He’s got tons of personality and is just the right size to dress up this mini stocking.

He’s stamped on an extra white tag from the Paper Pumpkin kit in Basic Black ink and coloured with my AquaPainter and Real Red and Basic Gray inks. I used my FineTip glue sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a black rhinestone nose to add some glitz. And mounted on a black tag with an extra green leaf peeking out from behind, he was almost perfect. But I thought some words were needed. So I stamped the “Paw La La La La La La La” on a strip of white , attached it to some mini black sequins trim and used a glue dot to adhere it to the tag. The final touch was a small Real Red bow.

(TIP: to replace the Paper Pumpkin items, I would use Whisper White cardstock, my Leaf Punch and the Banner Triple Punch to create the tag.  Small stockings can be found in novelty and pet stores at this time of year which will easily fit goodies like these.)

make a treat stocking for dogs

Now I realize Holmes may not even notice the cute tag when he’s busy rooting out the goodies, but I know it will add some spark to Christmas morning. Here are the supplies I used to make the tag.

make a treat stocking for dogs

I’m sure you won’t be leaving your pet friends off Santa’s list either. And I’m also sure you’ll agree their presents deserve just as much – or even more – attention as the human ones you’ll be decorating. So while you’re busy decorating, why not add a touch of cute and make a treat stocking for dogs that’s just their size!

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