Countdown to Canine Cheer: Crafting a DIY Advent Calendar for Your Pup!

As the holiday season approaches, it's the perfect time to involve your furry bestie in the festive spirit. What better way to do that than by creating a personalised advent calendar just for them? This do-it-yourself project is a delightful and interactive way to make each day leading up to Christmas a special treat for your dog. Let's embark on the journey of crafting a DIY advent calendar that will have tails wagging and noses sniffing in anticipation.

Materials Needed:

  1. Small, durable containers or bags (24 in total)
  2. Cardboard or foam board
  3. Wrapping paper or dog-themed fabric
  4. Decorative tape or glue
  5. Dog-friendly treats and toys
  6. Marker or pen
  7. Hole punch
  8. Ribbon or string
  9. Scissors
  10. Creativity and love!

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare the Containers: Gather small containers or bags that will serve as pockets for each day. These can be small gift boxes, fabric pouches, or even repurposed baby food jars. Ensure they are sturdy enough to withstand your dog's excitement.

  2. Create the Calendar Base: Cut a piece of cardboard or foam board into a rectangle large enough to fit all the containers in a grid. Cover it with festive wrapping paper or dog-themed fabric, securing the edges with decorative tape or glue. This will be the backdrop for your calendar.

  3. Arrange the Containers: Lay out the containers in a grid pattern on the calendar base. Number each container from 1 to 24 using a marker or pen. Consider arranging them in the shape of a Christmas tree or any other design that suits your taste.

  4. Fill with Treats and Toys: Now comes the fun part – filling each container with dog-friendly treats and toys. Opt for a variety to keep your pup engaged throughout the countdown. Treats could include biscuits, jerky, or even homemade dog treats. Toys like small squeaky toys or chew bones can also be great additions.

  5. Seal the Surprise: Seal each container securely to keep the surprises inside until the designated day. You can use more decorative tape or tie the openings with festive ribbons to add an extra touch of charm.

  6. Hang and Display: Punch a hole at the top of each container and thread a ribbon or string through them. Hang the calendar in a location where your dog can easily reach and interact with it, such as at their eye level or near their bed.

  7. Countdown Begins: Start the countdown on December 1st! Each day, allow your dog to discover and enjoy the surprise waiting for them in the designated pocket. Capture the joyous moments as they eagerly anticipate their daily treat or toy.


Creating a DIY advent calendar for your dog adds a personalised touch to the holiday season, fostering a sense of excitement and joy for both you and your furry friend. This interactive project not only engages your dog but also strengthens the bond between you two during this special time of year. Get creative, have fun, and make this holiday season one to remember for you and your canine companion!