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DIY Pet-Themed Holiday Ornaments

December 21, 2020

Looking to switch up your holiday décor with a fun, inexpensive activity you can do at home? You can easily add your precious pets to the decorating fun with these simple DIY ornaments.

Wood-backed Photo Ornaments:


  • Unfinished wood slices or coasters (available at most craft stores)
  • Printed photos
  • Ribbon
  • Mod Podge + brush
  • Scissors
  • Drill to make a small hole for the ribbon


  1. Trace the wood circle on the back of your photo. Cut out the photo and test it on the coaster for size, trim any access.
  2. Place a bit of Mod Podge on the back of the photo and stick it to the wood, let dry at least 1 min.
  3. Put a layer of Mod Podge over the whole front side of the ornament over the photo. Let dry completely.

  1. Drill a small hole at the top large enough to fit a ribbon through.
  2. Tie ribbon through the hole so it can be hung on a tree or mantle!

Snow Ornament:


  • Iridescent artificial snowflakes
  • Fillable clear plastic craft ornaments
  • Ribbon
  • String or fishing wire
  • An object to go inside (here we used an XS KONG Classic)


  1. Open the ornament and pour some of the snowflakes into one half.
  2. Take your object and tie a piece of fishing wire or a string around it and set into the half with the snowflakes with the string close to the top.
  3. Carefully place the other half onto the ornament, lining up the holes at the top.
  4. Tie the piece of fishing wire through the holes so whatever object you placed in the ornament hangs in the middle.
  5. String a ribbon through the holes in order to hang it on the tree.

Paw Print Ornament:


  • Air-dry clay
  • A willing paw


  1. Mold some of the air-dry clay into a disc shape.
  2. Press your pet’s paw into the disc shape so there is an imprint.
  3. Let dry.

Fun tip: Use different colors to make their name, and other decorations you can stick onto the disc like holly or a bow.

DIY ornaments are not only fun to create, they also make heart-warming gifts! You can use these ornament techniques for a variety of photos, objects, pets, or people. Tag us @kongcompany if you make any of your own!