Treats? Yes, please! Treats, in any shape or form, are great gifts for dogs (and their humans). If you are looking for a very fun and festive way to package your present, why not try a DIY dog treat wreath? It is much easier to make than it might look. A similar wreath can be inexpensively put together using a few simple supplies, and most of the components are edible, reusable, or recyclable. Pawfect! Here are the DIY details.
DIY Dog Treat Wreath Style Options
Wreath Design and Appearance
The DIY details below can be easily adapted to slightly different wreath shapes and styles. For our own wreath, I wanted to create a treat wreath version that had a nice semi-flat bottom for the option of resting on the mantle vs. hanging display. I also wanted a formal wreath style mirrored-look as opposed to an all-around diagonal circle of treats.
Display vs. Novelty
In our opinion, for many dogs (our included) it is more suitable as a cute way of presenting the gift of treats than a longer term decorative element. It would also be a great idea for fundraiser sales or charity raffles.
The mere presence of the wreath is enough to drive the boys crazy (more on that later in this post). Definitely not suitable for long term holiday display at our place! Instead, our wreath was also made to come apart and still look semi-pretty without treats. You can simply slip the bone treats out of this design with relative ease (crack one if you need to create a little slack to start) for storage in the treat jar. The design also aims to maximise potential reuse of the supplies. Less the treats, of course!
How to Make a DIY Dog Treat Wreath
Supplies and Materials
The materials and supplies used to make this wreath included a wire wreath support, but you could substitute a handmade equivalent instead. A cut-out ring of sturdy cardboard will work. To decorate, I used ribbon and solid bone shaped treats. These can be homemade, but nice store bought treats offer a sturdy, consistent option. This can be particularly useful for gifting or charity fundraisers, since most homemade dog treats have a limited shelf life compared to store bought treats.
- Wire wreath support or a handmade equivalent
- Sturdy bone shaped treats
- Ribbon in your choice of colour(s). Length will depend on size of wreath.
- Adhesive tape
Making a Dog Treat Wreath
My wreath form is completely ribbon wrapped beneath the treat. This gives the wire form a beautiful finished look, but also makes the wreath still look decorative with treats removed. You can decorate the wreath form differently if you wish. To make a similar dog bone wreath:
- Secure one end of your base ribbon (green on my wreath) to the wreath form with tape. You can hot glue, staple, or stitch if you prefer.
- Loop several times for security, the start working your way around the wreath with overlapping diagonal passes until the wreath is fully covered.
- Loop around the start/end point several times for extra security, tape to secure, and cut the excess ribbon. This will be the top of your wreath.
- Optional: Leave a small length of unwrapped ribbon for a hanging loop and/or to secure a decorative bow.
- Just to one side of this top point, using the same ribbon or another complimentary colour (red on my wreath), tape and loop one end of your treat wrapping ribbon to secure
- Work your way around the wreath on a diagonal wrapping a bone treat into the front of each loop. Ensure there is enough tension in your loops to hold the treat securely.
- Once you are halfway around the wreath, loop several times, then cut and secure the end your ribbon with tape. This will be the bottom of the wreath.
- Repeat starting from the other side of the top and working in the opposite direction. Ensure you have a nice tidy bottom when doing your final wrap and cut.
- Optional: Embellish with a fancy bow or other decorative elements.
I LOVED the final result, as did the dogs. As anticipated, it was far to enticing to display for long. There was much pining and longing stares with intermittent attempts to climb the wall! Check out some of these hilarious photos of the boys trying to convince their Dad to hand over the treats:
As noted above, this was why I decided to create a wreath that disassembled easily for less tempting treat storage. We had let the dogs “have” the wreath for a few pictures before slipping out the treats. Such fun! Don’t worry – there was no wild binge after these pics. Each was rewarded with one treat and the rest went into their goodie jar. One or two may have had an extra bite mark, though! The underlying wreath and bow still looks quite nice (ours is currently back on the mantle as a ribbon wreath), but it also comes apart easily into the initial materials with minimal waste so you can reuse almost everything if you wish. Yeah!