Monday, 18 December 2017
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Easy DIY Howliday Treat Bauble Christmas Ornaments

Christmas tree ornaments filled with small dog treats

These howliday dog treat ornaments are easy to make and they're pawesome inexpensive little gifts for furfriends, takeway gifts for holiday pawty guests, or a little take along pressie for the furbabies of your host/hostess.

These are cute as plain/clear ornaments, but I decided to use some metallic silver and gold spray paint to fancy things up a little. If you are painting your baubles, it's best to avoid getting paint inside the ornament where it will be in contact with food (just to be on the safe side) or on the inside edges of where the two halves connect for best fit. I used masking tape on the edges and taped scrap paper/plastic into the back of the bauble, just in case...I can be a mess maker with spray paint sometimes!

Painting plastic DIY Christmas tree ornaments

Painting designs and shapes onto the outside of the baubles is super tricky for clean lines with slick rounded plastic and spray paint.  Masking the front "window" for baubles as shown looked great when finished but was painful precise work.  Painting only one side so there is a clear front and metallic back as shown in some of the finished baubles is a simpler option. Or you can just keep things clear. Easy peasy! Ensure your paint is suitable for plastics, follow the directions for use and safety, keep the coats thin, and allow the paint to fully cure before dressing your baubles for gifting.

Filling plastic DIY Christmas tree ornaments with small dog treats

Starting with your prepped (or plain) baubles separated into open halves, carefully fill with small treats or special kibble. Normally we're all about the homemade treats around here, but this is one case where I prefer to use store bought treats, just in case.  As we noted in our post about dog treat gift jars, homemade treats lack the preservatives of commercial treats and so they will have a much shorter shelf life. Decorate the baubles with ribbons, bows, or tags, and you're ready for gifting!

My baubles were topped with simple curling ribbon and I used a loop of bakers twine in lieu of a hangar.  The tags were homemade using cardstock and glitter washi tape. For quick work and less waste, cut the card stock in a long strip of the length you want for tagging, tape across one long edge, and cut the strip into pieces. Punch the top, notch the bottoms (optional), and done! We also have free printable Christmas tags and a whole rainbow of  mix-and-match dog treat tags in our archives.

✂️  Although I've found that the baubles I used are very well sealed, I would still caution again't actually hanging these on your tree unless you're certain that your pets won't be interested in trying to snaffle them!  Tree climbing disaster and/or plastic bauble biting in general are to be avoided for safety and sanity. 

Christmas tree ornaments filled with small dog treats

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