DIY Dog Advent Calendar

Dogs look forward to Christmas just as much as their humans do. Their owners are off work and get to spend extra time with them, and they usually wake up on Christmas morning with a stocking filled with delicious bones and treats.

To help our furry friends count down to Christmas, we created a pet-friendly calendar loaded with 25 delicious dog treats. Starting December 1st, reward your pet with a special snack each day as the clock ticks away the time till Christmas arrives. Then, on the big day, you can spoil your pup any way that you like. Follow our step-by-step directions below to make your own pup-friendly countdown-to-Christmas calendar.

Tools you will need:

  • Corkboard (any size)

  • Several pieces of felt

  • Fabric, sparkly paper, or wrapping paper

  • Glue

  • Push pins

  • Christmas stickers

  • Sharpie and/or fabric markers

  • Scissors

  • Dog treats

Step 1:

Find a fun piece of festive fabric, wrapping paper or sparkly paper to match the size of your corkboard. Flip it over, squeeze glue onto the back of it, and glue it onto the corkboard.

Step 2:

Measure your corkboard and estimate what the size of the felt pouches should be to fit your board. You will need to be able to fit 25 separate pouches on your board, so you’ll likely want to aim for five rows of five pouches.

Dog advent calendar step 3

.Step 3:

Cut out a rectangular piece of felt in the size you’ll need to make a pouch for your corkboard. Make sure to cut it large enough that it will be able to fit the dog bones inside. Once you have obtained the right size piece of felt, use this as a stencil and cut out 25 pieces of equal sized felt to match.

Dog advent calendar step 4

Step 4:

Decorate your corkboard however you would like. You can jazz it up with holiday stickers, write something fun like “Merry Christmas” or “Days till X-Mas,” or cover it with stickers.