These DIY dog treat filled Christmas ornaments are easy to make and customise as a unique holiday (howliday!) gift. They’re great as cute (and inexpensive) little gifts for furfriends, take away gifts for holiday pawty guests, or as take along gifts for the furbabies of your host or hostess. They’d be a nice little idea for charity fundraisers leading up to the holidays as well.
Fillable Bauble Ornaments and Decoration Options
Supplies and Materials
The basic supplies needed to make these ornaments are fillable bauble ornaments and small treats. Everything else can be customised to suit the style of ornament or gift you’d like to create and give. Easy! My ornaments came from a local craft store, but they’re also available online. If you can’t find fillable ornaments, little jars or small treat bags (bought or homemade) make great gift packages as well. I get so much use out of my homemade pocket dog treat bags.
Decorating Option: Painted Baubles
The baubles 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 a little bit of scrap paper/plastic from the packaging into the back of the bauble, just in case.
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.
Making Christmas Bauble Ornaments with Dog Treats
Filling the Ornaments with 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. Homemade treats lack the preservatives of commercial treats and so they will have a much shorter shelf life.
Embellishing the Ornaments for Gifting
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 against 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. If gifting, give them to the owners and not the pets. Twine, ribbon, cords, or small delicious smelling baubles of treats are not safe for playful or hungry pets!