If you share your life with a dog, you wouldn’t dream of letting a holiday go by without celebrating it with them - and that definitely goes for Valentine’s Day! Since your dog is your ride or die, your bestie, your one true love, you’ll want to give them a Valentine’s Day gift that says “I love you.” But, your dog doesn’t want a dozen roses or a box of chocolates. Your dog wants treats, of course!
So, we thought it would be fun to show you this fun, quick, and inexpensive do-it-yourself simple craft project that makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your dog or for a dog lover in your life. Show your dog some love with these DIY dog treat jars for Valentine’s Day!
Give them to your own dog or give them as gifts to your friends at the dog park, fellow students in a puppy training class, or dog-loving co-workers! They can be refilled and reused and customized for any holiday or birthday.
Valentine’s Gift for Dogs: DIY Treat Jars - What You’ll Need
Here’s what you’ll need to make these adorable Valentine’s Day dog treat jars. If you’re crafty, there’s a good chance you’ll already have most of these. But if you need to go shopping, you’ll easily find everything at your local craft shop or big-box retailer:
- Mason jar or glass jar with lid
- Red or pink Valentine’s Day-themed ribbon
- Foam sheets in multiple colors (for this project, pink, purple, white, and red work best)
- Hot glue gun
- String or stretchy cord
- Colored markers
- Your favorite Einstein Pets dog cookies
Valentine’s Gift for Dogs: DIY Dog Treat Jar - How to Make Them
Step 1: Fill your jar with treats
Thoroughly wash and dry your mason jar or glass jar and then fill it up with your choice of Einstein Pets dog treats. These cookies couldn’t be more perfect for this project! They’re delicious, healthy, AND heart-shaped!
We chose yummy Sweet Potato for one jar and Black and Whites for the other (mmm, carob!). The hard part will be deciding which one to keep and which one to give away! However, both are made with organic, USA-sourced ingredients, and infused with the superfood chia!
Step 2: Make your “conversation hearts” out of foam
The next step is to create heart-shaped tags inspired by the candy hearts that are so popular for Valentine’s Day - only with a little twist for dogs! We found foam sheets that were already heart-shaped but they were too big for this project. Luckily, foam sheets are really easy to cut! So, just cut your foam sheets into hearts about 3-inches across. Remember to also poke small holes in the foam hearts so that you can string them to your jars in the next step.
Then, just write silly sayings on the hearts, just like you would find on the candy hearts. We went with I WOOF U, GOOD DOG, PUPPY LOVE, and HUMPS & KISSES. Some other ideas are PET ME, CUTIE PIE, MUTTS ABOUT U, CHEWS ME, and HOT DOG. We attached four of these to each jar, so make as many as you’ll need.
Step 3: Decorate your jars
Cut the ribbon of your choice to size, just slightly larger around than the jar so that it overlaps itself. Then, using your hot glue gun, glue the ribbon around the jar to decorate it.
After your ribbon is attached, poke the string or stretchy cord through your foam hearts and then tie them around your jar.
Step 4: Present your DIY dog treat jar to your furry Valentine!
That’s it...you’re all done! We told you it was easy! If you end up making a treat jar for your furry friend, be sure to share a photo with us on social media and tag us so we can see it! Or, Click here to read our list of other ways to show your dog you love them on Valentine’s Day (and every other day of the year!).
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