Dog-themed Christmas Trees
Each year, I am asked to make 24" centerpiece Christmas trees in many different colors and themes. Over the years, I have sold dozens and dozens of these trees, but it wasn't until 2008 when I made my first Christmas tree for a dogs. The idea started with my Chihuahua, Spike, who was often found snoozing underneath the trees that were awaiting shipment. The trees were the perfect size for Spike, and it always made the cutest photo when he would stand proudly next to each tree. I decided then to make him his own tree so that he wouldn't have to get so attached to trees that were already spoken for. Before I knew it, I had made 30 of these doggie Christmas trees for other pet lovers who thought their dog would feel the same way as Spike.
They mini Christmas trees are very easy to make. In fact, require very little skill at all. So if you are a dog lover, or know someone who is, consider making these trees as holiday gifts!
What You'll Need
- 24" Christmas tree
- Box of 20 Christmas lights
- Spool of dog-themed wire-edged ribbon
- Small dog ornaments
- Dog biscuits
- Piercing tool
- Foam paintbrush
- Acrylic glaze
- Green wire
- Small Christmas ball ornaments
Making Dog Biscuit Ornaments
The dog biscuit ornaments are the most essential part of this project. Making the ornaments can be tedious and frustrating, but once you find the right technique, you'll be amazed at how fast it goes. To create these ornaments, you will need a long, thin piercing tool to make a hole at the top of each biscuit. There are already two small holes to the left and right of each bone started for you -- you will just need to make one of them large enough to pass a wire through. This seems easy, but you'll be surprised at how many biscuits you'll break if you apply the wrong amount of pressure to just the right spot. (I have found a beading needle and small hammer very helpful to accomplish this task.) When you successfully pierce through the hole, cut a three-inch length of green wire, run it through the hole you just made, create a loop, and twist it at the ends to create a hanger. Repeat this step for as many biscuits as you wish to have per tree (I usually make 12 per tree). Place the biscuits on a newspaper and sponge brush acrylic glaze all over them. This glaze will not only make the biscuits shiny, but it will also create a protective seal so they are not as fragile. Let the biscuits dry for an hour before adding them to your tree.
Assembling the Trees
- Fluff out the branches of the Christmas tree to make it as full as possible. There is nothing worse than a tree full of gaps!
- Run the 20-count Christmas lights throughout the tree. These lights can be multi-colored or white depending on your preference, but I would not recommend going over 20-count if you are using a 24" tree or smaller, You will end up with a lot of extra bulbs and wires to hide if you do.
- Use your wire-edged pet-themed ribbon to make a large bow. This will serve as your tree topper. I tend to use paw print-themed ribbon but there are so many different kinds of ribbon on the market.
- Add glazed dog biscuits.
- Add small dog-themed ornaments.
- Add multi-colored Christmas ball ornaments.