The holidays are family days and if you’re reading my blog, it’s very likely that you consider your pup part of your family, just like Missy & Buzz are part of mine.
As such, I felt that they needed their very own stockings and of course they agreed when I ran the idea by them 😉 Since I love the shabby chic look of burlap it was a no-brainer that my dogs’ christmas stockings would have to be made of just that fabric.
What You Need For This Project
I found all of my supplies at Walmart with the exception of the double faced ribbon that I still had at home. The burlap bags came in a set of 3 for $2.47, the bag of 45 medium sized (.63 inches = 16 millimeter) silver and gold jingle bells was also $2.47, the gift tags were $2.97 and included sisal twine, and the painters pen in gold was $1.97, for a grand total of $9.88 + tax.
I only used one of the three purchased burlap bags because I still had one at home from Feed Pet Purveyor, a Tampa, FL, based pet goods store that had sent us several food samples of Grandma Lucy’s freeze-dried dog food back in late 2015.
Feed Pet Purveyor sends their smaller products out in their signature Burlap bags. I kept it because I loved the rustic look and knew I’d be repurposing it at some point in time.
If you missed the blog post about Grandma Lucy’s and Feed Pet Purveyor I invite you to check it out by clicking the link below (will open in a new tab):
Feed Pet Purveyor Burlap Bag
Now without further ado, here’s how I made the Christmas Dog Stockings for Missy & Buzz:
Step 1 – Attach Sisal Twine & Jingle Bells To Gift Tag
What you’ll want to do first is cut off a piece of sisal twine and attach it to the gift tag. I used a generous length because I wasn’t sure how long it would have to be for the tag to look good on the bag.
Once the twine holds up the gift tag, add however many jingle bells you’d like. I opted for a minimalistic look and only added two per tag.
Step 2 – Write Your Dog’s Name On Gift Tag
Next, write your dog’s name on the gift tag. I decided to go with a gold painters pen in ultra fine. Wait a few moments for the ink to dry before attaching the tag to the bag.
Step 3 – Attach Gift Tag To Burlap Bag
Once the ink has dried, attach the gift tag to the burlap bag. I tied it to the jute twine drawstring with a simple knot and then cut off the extra sisal twine beyond the knot.
Step 4 – Feed Satin Ribbon Through Jute Twine
I chose an antique white satin ribbon for Buzz’s stocking, and an antique pink one for Missy’s, but go with whatever color you like best 🙂 I simply threaded it under and over the jute drawstring without using any glue or sewing it in place. Too easy and it holds up nicely.
Step 5 – Fill It & Hang It!
Now comes the fun part – filling it and hanging it up on the mantel! For now both pups have Nature’s Variety Raw Boost lamb mixers in their stockings. They’re a single-ingredient, freeze-dried food that I buy in their trial size packages (Petco sells four for the price of three).
They make perfect training treats and are a wonderful means of adding lamb to the pups’ protein selection (their raw food typically consists of beef, chicken, turkey, and duck).
Rest assured that the pups will find other goodies in their stockings besides the lamb ones…I foresee bully sticks and pig ears, some of their favorite chews that last the longest around here 😉
Where To Hang The Stocking If You Don’t Have a Fireplace
If you don’t have a fireplace, you can hang your stocking on the bannister of a staircase, a door knob, a piece of furniture such as a dresser or invest in a stocking stand. Or simply place it on a chair – make sure that your pup can’t get to it though if he or she is an investigative chewer…
Our no-sew burlap christmas stockings are charming rustic lookers that work well with the pups’ recently completed dog bed frame, another DIY project that we put together over Thanksgiving. Did you miss the post? Here it is again:
Besides looking good in our home they also make great low-budget christmas gifts for dog lovers. I believe I’ll be gifting at least two this year…after all, I still have two extra burlap bags, tons of jingle bells, gift tags and sisal twine.
The beauty of these stockings is that they don’t take long to DIY at all and cost a fraction of a pre-made one you’d find on Etsy. Once you’ve assembled all you need for the project, you can have one dog stocking done in 20 minutes or less.
Do your pups have their own stockings? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!
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