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DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar

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We’re partially through Advent already. I know that and you know that. But you know who doesn’t know that? Your dog. And your dog will love this DIY Dog Bone Advent Calendar — even if part of Advent is already over.

I mean, your dog would love this countdown at any time. Count down to their birthday, summer solstice, a random Tuesday in March.

Treats are treats anytime.

And this is great, especially if you have kids. They’ll love counting down to Christmas with their furry friend.

It’s also great for empty nesters who don’t have kids to count down with.

My cousin made this DIY Dog Bone Advent Calendar for her dad’s dog (and, of course her dad) as an early Christmas gift this year. And as you can tell from the photo above, her dad’s dog Mugsy was a huge fan of it.

DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar Tutorial

DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar Supplies:

How To Make A DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar:

Red and green ribbon with a ruler and dog treats near it.

Start with the red and green striped ribbon.

You’re going to be using this ribbon to hold the three rows of dog treats that go across the center of the dog bone Advent calendar.

To make the dog treat Advent calendar a little more interesting, you’ll want to vary the lengths of the three rows.

In our tutorial, we have three lines: days 1 to 7 on the first row (so 7 days), days 8 to 15 on the second row (so 8 days), and days 16 to 24 on the third row (so 9 days).

If you wanted, you could make each row the same length and have three rows of eight days. It’s up to you.

Measure 2-inch intervals and draw a pen line at each 2-inch mark.

For the top row (7 days), measure out 14 2-inch sections. Then, cut the ribbon.

For the second row (8 days), measure out 16 2-inch sections, then cut the ribbon.

Finally, for the third row (9 days), measure out 18 2-inch sections and cut the ribbon.

Next, add a tiny line of Gorilla Glue along half the bottom of each ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half and push down on the glue to seal the bottom.

Add glue down a pen-marked line on each side, then press the ribbon down. When it dries, this is what will create the pocket.

Make sure you don’t go crazy with the glue because it can smear when you press it.

White paper on top of a piece of foam board.

Next, fold a piece of white paper in half. Freehand half a dog bone shape on it and cut it out.

That will be your dog bone stencil. The one in this tutorial ended up being 26-inches by 14-inches, but you can make yours whatever size is best to fit your ribbon.

A bone shape cut from a piece of foam board.

Open the white paper and place it on top of a piece of foam board. Use it to trace the dog bone pattern on the foam board.

Use an X-acto knife to cut the stencil out of the foam board.

Dog bone stencil lying on top of brown felt cut in the shape of a dog bone.

Next, lay the dog bone stencil on the brown felt and draw a bone shape onto the felt. Cut the felt, making sure the felt is 1 inch bigger than your stencil (it doesn’t have to be perfect). Don’t cut too wide of a border, though, or it will cause air pockets.

Brown felt being glued to a bone shape cut from foam board.

Adhere the felt to the foam bone shape using the spray adhesive (the Gorilla Glue would work for this as well).

Small aside: When you get to an edge, cut a small slit in the fabric. This will help you to fold the felt over onto the foam with a crease.

Red, white and green twisted cord around the edge of a brown felt-wrapped bone.

Next, take the Red, Green & White Twisted Cord and glue it around the bone to make it look like a treat.

Red, white and green twisted cord around the edge of a brown felt-wrapped bone, plus three rows of red and green ribbon in the center..

By now, red and green ribbon should be completely dry. Glue them onto the bone, making sure the are centered.

Pieces of holly cut from ribbon.

Cut pieces of the holly-shaped ribbon and glue them in the corners (or wherever you want to add a little pizzazz).

Letters spelling out the word MUG on a DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar.

Use foam letters to put the dog’s name on it.

Numbers 1 to 24 glued onto red and green ribbon on a DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar.

Then, take the Christmas Felt Number 3D Stickers and use a tiny spot of glue to attach them to the pockets.

Snowflake ribbon glued to the back of a dog bone shape.

Measure the snowflake ribbon 30 inches. Then, glue it to the back of the calendar for a handle/to hang the homemade Advent calendar.

Dog treats in ribbon.

Once everything is dried, take the dog treats and stick one in each of the pockets.

Each day, feed your dog one treat and count down to Christmas.

DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar hanging on a door.

DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar: Frequently Asked Questions

Can you change the orientation of this?

If you don’t want the dog bone to sit longways, you can flip it. You’ll just need to make more ribbons since you won’t be able to fit nine days across anymore.

Do you need to use the same ribbons?

You can use whatever ribbon you want for this. I just listed the ones my cousin used so that the tutorial was easier to follow. But you can change it up and be creative.

Do you have to fill this with dog bones?

You can fill this dog treat Advent calendar with all sorts of dog treats: cookies, meat treats, and more.

Dog Advent Calendar Reusable Christmas Countdown.

Purchase a Dog Treat Advent Calendar online:

Don’t want to go through all the work of making a dog treat Advent calendar yourself? You can buy one.

We found a few we love below:

These aren’t the only ones out there, though. You can find more, like the personalized dog bone Advent calendar above, at the following online stores:

Be sure to check for a store’s minimum cart total to qualify for free shipping. Also, consider curbside or instore pickup to avoid shipping charges.

If you need a gift for a dog this holiday season, pick one off this list of 10+ Gifts For Dogs.

More Dog Gift Ideas:

If you’re looking for a gift for a dog this holiday season (I mean, what else is this dog treat Advent calendar counting down to?), we have a list of 10+ Gifts For Dogs.

Yield: 1 Advent Calendar

DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas with this DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar. Fill it with treats for your furry friend.

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Medium

Materials

  • 1.5-inch Red & Green Glitter Striped Wired Edge Ribbon
  • Gorilla Glue
  • White paper
  • Foam poster board
  • Brown felt
  • 1/8-inch Red, Green & White Twisted Cord
  • Holly Felt Trim
  • Foam letters
  • Christmas Felt Number 3D Stickers
  • Snowflake Trim Ribbon
  • Dog treats

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Spray adhesive

Instructions

  1. Red and green ribbon with a ruler and dog treats near it.Start with the red and green striped ribbon. Measure 2-inch intervals and draw a pen line at each 2-inch mark. For the top row (7 days), measure out 14 2-inch sections. Then, cut the ribbon. For the second row (8 days), measure out 16 2-inch sections, then cut the ribbon. Finally, for the third row (9 days), measure out 18 2-inch sections and cut the ribbon. Next, add a tiny line of Gorilla Glue along half the bottom of each ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half and push down on the glue to seal the bottom.
  2. Dog treats in ribbon.Add glue down a pen-marked line on each side, then press the ribbon down. When it dries, this is what will create the pocket. Set aside.
  3. White paper on top of a piece of foam board.Fold a piece of white paper in half. Freehand half a dog bone shape on it and cut it out. That will be your dog bone stencil. The one in this tutorial ended up being 26-inches by 14-inches, but you can make yours whatever size is best to fit your ribbon.
  4. A bone shape cut from a piece of foam board.Open the white paper and place it on top of a piece of foam board. Use it to trace the dog bone pattern on the foam board. Use an X-acto knife to cut the stencil out of the foam board.
  5. Dog bone stencil lying on top of brown felt cut in the shape of a dog bone.Lay the dog bone stencil on the brown felt and draw a bone shape onto the felt. Make sure the felt is 1 inch bigger than your stencil.
  6. Brown felt being glued to a bone shape cut from foam board.Adhere the felt to the foam bone shape using the spray adhesive (the Gorilla Glue would work for this as well).
  7. Red, white and green twisted cord around the edge of a brown felt-wrapped bone.Take the Red, Green & White Twisted Cord and glue it around the bone to make it look like a treat.
  8. Red, white and green twisted cord around the edge of a brown felt-wrapped bone, plus three rows of red and green ribbon in the center..Glue the red and green ribbon onto the bone, making sure they are centered.
  9. Pieces of holly cut from ribbon.Cut pieces of the holly-shaped ribbon and glue them in the corners (or wherever you want to add a little pizzazz).
  10. Letters spelling out the word MUG on a DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar.Use foam letters to put the dog’s name on it.
  11. Numbers 1 to 24 glued onto red and green ribbon on a DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar.Take the Christmas Felt Number 3D Stickers and use a tiny spot of glue to attach them to the pockets.
  12. Snowflake ribbon glued to the back of a dog bone shape.Measure the snowflake ribbon 30 inches. Then, glue it to the back of the calendar for a handle/to hang the homemade Advent calendar.
  13. DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar hanging on a door.Once everything is dried, take the dog treats and stick one in each of the pockets.

Would you make this DIY Dog Treat Advent Calendar? Let us know in the comments.

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