ACK! Here’s the scenario that you are facing. It’s the holiday season, you know that because red and green commercials have been reminding us of its impending arrival for months. You have zero free time and you’re not swimming in a bathtub of cash. Even so, you REALLY want to treat everyone special in your life with a little something to let them know how much you care. This isn’t just true for the humans in your universe, the four-legged critters in your life are also on your list of those you want to treat.
How do you: show you care, create something special, and not use tons of time or money?
We have a solution! It will require: a quick trip to your favorite craft store, a couple bags of BLUE Santa Snacks® and about 15 minutes of your time!
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We are excited to share the cutest (and easiest) DIY project that will allow you to give BLUE Santa Snacks® to the special dogs you know and love! Before we dive into the meat and potatoes of how to make the treat container, let’s talk a little about how awesome BLUE Santa Snacks® are!
The bag is super cute and festive for the holidays but I didn’t know that the bag was just the beginning. The treats are SO CUTE! They come in three different shapes: stars, gingerbread people and Christmas trees. As soon as I opened the bag, I smelled oatmeal and cinnamon. Not surprisingly, so did Bean and Yoda who refused to respect the fact that we hadn’t entered December yet and insisted on giving them a try. They gobbled them up and insisted on more! Later on, when I was working on packing the treats to give to friends, the look on Bean’s face was that of disappointment. How could I give the treats she fell in love with away to someone else? That’s how I interpreted her expression at least.
So, how did I make a DIY container that almost matches the cuteness level of the treats? All I needed was some plain white paper “to-go” coffee cups, some pink and black paint, a little orange felt, and some snowflake cutouts! Take a look at the finished container and I’ll explain the easy steps below.
Oh, by the by (who says that? I guess, I do). I made a video, and I love it, and I think you will too! Check it out and then scroll down to learn how to make the snowman treat container.
The steps to make this super cute (in my opinion) Snowman Treat Cup are as follows:
Once your materials are organized, the first step involves paint. Use your pencil, daub its eraser in the black acrylic paint and use the eraser to daub both eyes. I made mine crooked, not necessarily by choice, and it still looks cute!
An example of "organized materials."
Using your textured sponge, daub it in the pink acrylic paint and use it to make round pink cheeks. You can practice on a piece of paper to see where you feel the cheeks should be in relation to the eyes. There’s no right or wrong, it’s totally up to you.
While your paint is drying, it’s time to make your noses. Draw a triangle on a piece of card stock (mine was about a half inch long). Mine were skinnier than they were wide so, the opposite of obtuse. If I remember geometry, that’s an acute triangle. Again, there’s no right or wrong, so make your nose however you prefer. Once you create your nose pattern, use it to cut a piece of orange felt in the same shape. Using your hot glue gun, glue the felt to the card stock, which will make your nose more rigid, and easier to glue onto the cup.
Using a snowflake punch, cut out blue card stock snowflakes (about a half inch wide). I happened to use sparkle paper, but you can use whatever you prefer. I’ve also made these travel cups using holly stickers (see photo above), if you don’t have a punch and don’t want to buy one. Once your punches of card stock are done, use your glue gun and adhere a snowflake on the black travel mug cover (the side opposite the hole for drinking).
By now, your paint should be dry. It’s time to use your pencil eraser again and the black paint to make a smile. Using the eraser, dip it in the paint, start where the cheek is on one side, and make a few (about six to eight) dots in a curve to the other cheek. My smiles are also lopsided, which adds charm.
Fill the bottom of your cups with some crinkle paper (I used red and white). Put your BLUE Santa Snacks in a clear treat bag and use a twist tie or string to close up the bag. Place the treats in the cup, put the cover on top, and you are now ready to give a special gift to some very deserving dogs in your life!
See, that wasn’t too crazy or hard, right? I can’t get over how much our dogs like these treats. They don’t have any chicken or poultry by-product meal and they also don’t have any wheat, corn or soy. This is super important for us because of Bean’s allergies. They are also filled with the “good” stuff like flaxseed, barley and pumpkin!
Did you know, that our friends at Blue Buffalo are having a super fun “Naughty or Nice” photo contest happening right now? You can upload photos through the Blue Buffalo website. It’s up for you (or I guess, it’s really up to your dog) if you should put them in the naughty or nice category. You’ll be able to get a free holiday photo overlay that you can share with friends and on social media. Each week, winners will be chosen for a stocking filled with Santa Snacks! You’ll also be entered to win a $500 grand prize! I hope you check them out and enter today!
Please let us know if you decide to make this DIY project or if you have questions! We’d love to see photos of your finished products. Happy holiday season everyone!