5 Best DIY Holiday Gifts for your Cat and Dog

by K Marie Alto December 22, 2019 2 min read

5 Best DIY Holiday Gifts for your Cat and Dog

The holidays can be expensive, so what better way to save money than DIY presents?  Below you’ll find some of the easiest toys to make for your fur babies with supplies you can find around your house.

Fetch and Tug Toy

Black dog playing with rope toy made from tshirt

We all have old ball toys laying around that have seen better days.  Go grab an old t-shirt and turn that ball into a brand new toy!

Supplies: 1 T-Shirt, 1 Tennis Ball

View the step by step tutorial to create a DIY tug toy for your dog.

 

Foraging Box

Cat playing with toy made from shoe box

This is one of my favorite ideas that can be made out of almost any box you have laying around.  Cut some holes, throw in some toys and treats and watch your kitty spend hours at play!

Supplies: 12-pack cardboard soda carton, Scissors, X-acto knife, Glue (or hot glue gun), Decorative or duct tape, Paper towel tube; Optional Supplies:2 pipe cleaners, Bamboo skewers, Crafting feathers

View the step by step tutorial to create a foraging box for your cat.

 

Cat T-Shirt Tent

White cat posing in tent made from t-shirt

Ever buy one of those expensive kitty cubes only to find it ignored?  Save your money and try this awesome alternative!

Supplies: 2 wire hangers, 4 safety pins, a piece of cardboard, and a T-shirt.

View the step by step tutorial to create a shirt tent for your cat.

 

T-Shirt Rope Toy

Yellow lab posing with rope made from a t-shirt

I’m big on donating clothes that no longer fit, but what about items with holes?  Cut those items up and turn them into a new toy!

Supplies: 2 t-shirts, scissors

View the step by step tutorial to create a t-shirt toy for your pup.

 

Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Treats

Doggy licking home made frozen treat

Do you have a kitty or pup with a sensitive stomach?  I love freezing small amounts of wet food.  It’s a nice spin on something you already know they like!

Supplies: 2 over ripe bananas, 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup xylitol free peanut butter, Ice cube tray

View the step by step tutorial to create homemade frozen dog treats.

 

Have you ever made a gift for your fur baby? Share a picture!

K Marie Alto
K Marie Alto

K. Marie is an animal lover, wife, kitty mom, dog auntie, writer and co-founder of Toe Beans, a proud American family-owned online boutique pet supplies store focused on the improvement of the life of furry family members via pet parent education, better products, and advocacy. She has over 20 years of experience as a pet momma. She loves sharing her personal journey and experience as a pet parent via her blog and Facebook page where she currently has more than 19K followers (@furrytoebeans) and counting :-).


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