As pet parents, one of the things we like to do most is take pictures of our pets. I mean what parent doesn’t love snapping tons of pictures and sharing them with random strangers. We all do it. The cashier at Tractor Supply showed me pictures of her dog the other day. And let’s not forget social media! So, I figured, if we’re going to spend all this time taking and sharing pictures, why not take a few extra seconds to make sure our pictures are amazing.
Recently I got an email from the ASPCA website, some of you may have seen it actually, where they had turned a plastic storage tote into a cat hide-a-way. I’ll be honest I got really excited and thought this was an awesome idea. I mean cats love their own space, and cats really love boxes! Have you seen the thing on Pinterest with all the big cats in boxes (lions and tigers sitting in boxes). Anyway, with Gus being so shy I thought this project would be perfect for him so I stared at the picture for a while trying to memorize it. But then, as I stared at the picture I also thought of some great ways to customize this easy project and fill it with things cats love.
Paw prints are the perfect keepsake craft to do with your pets. They are literally the pet version of preschool handprints. You can even color things around them to make more elaborate artwork. This post is not about making fancy paw prints, but about making safe paint so you can get creative with your pets, or just make a simple keepsake.
If you’re looking for the perfect new bed for your cat or small dog, why not make your own? I recycled some materials in my house and made this one for $5.00. It matches my home and Gus loves it.
Cats are beautiful, in that they can be entertained by the simplest of toys. You don’t need a $40.00 cat tunnel that lights up. Not that my cat doesn’t play in the kid’s tunnel after they go to bed, but he is equally entertained by a pony tail holder left on the floor or a stray piece of yarn from my last craft. So with this wonderful cat trait in mind, I set my mind to creating a DIY cat toy that is simple, and quick, enough to do with children. The result a classic feather cat teaser made from plastic coat hangers. There’s about two minutes of adult prep-work involved, but otherwise the kids can help you with everything, or do it alone if they’re a bit older.
So all over Pinterest I have been seeing craft ideas with nail polish and water. If you haven’t done this yet, it’s worth a try just to see the effect. I first heard about it when I was doing a colors week with my kids. The idea is that you put clear nail polish in water and then quickly dip a piece of black paper in it. The result is a beautiful rainbow swirl on the paper. Several months later we used the same technique to marble different colors onto my daughter’s nails. So I got to thinking, why not try it on the cat bowl. We recently switched my cat from dry food to prescription wet food because he has some tummy issues so he was in need of a new bowl anyway. This project is cheap and easy, and so much fun to look at, you should definitely give it a try. If I had a bird I would choose colors that matched him; how much fun would that be?!