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DIY Dog Toy & Pet Holiday Basket

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If you’ve been around here any amount of time, you know that Scott and I love our two mini aussies, Boomer and Bella. Since we don’t currently have any (human) kiddos, these guys are our babies! I always feel so loved by friends and family when they include our dogs in holiday gift-giving. I love the tradition, so I wanted to make a special Christmas gift basket for a friend who just got a sweet pup filled with some of our favorite dog items.

Our dogs are really active and we want to keep them that way! We are picky about what kind of food and treats they get and were excited to head to Target and fill the gift basket with one of our favorites, Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks. You can find them in the Pet section at Target!

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Our dogs LOVE these treats and we do too for several reasons. They are crafted in Arkansas in small batches with chicken as the number one ingredient. I like that there’s no poultry by-product and that they are grain free with no corn, wheat or soy. They also have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives which is hard to find in the dog treat world unfortunately. Plus, our dogs are always very obedient and good when I’m dangling one of these treats in front of their faces haha!

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In addition to making sure our dogs eat well, we make sure they get a lot of exercise. I know my friend wanted the same for her dog, so we made sure to include some toys. We added in some small pet-approved tennis balls which will make for hours of play! I also wanted to make something myself for her dog, so I came up with a super-easy DIY dog rope toy, using three hand towels from Target. Want to make one of your own? Easy, here’s how!

Supplies Needed:

  • 3 cotton hand towels in whichever colors you choose
  • scissors or rotary cutter


  • wash hand towels thoroughly with non-toxic detergent to remove chemicals, then dry
  • place towels on cutting mat and cut 2 2″ strips of each color and 2 1/4″ strip of one color. I used a rotary cutter but you can use scissors.
  • stack two of each color on top of one another so all 6 strips are stacked together. Using the 1/2″ strip, tie the stack together in a tight knot about 1″ down. Trim excess string.
  • braid the stack together.
  • tie off the braided stack with another 1/2″ strip about 1″ from the bottom. Trim excess string.  I did have some towel shedding going on, so I took it outside and shook it hard after braiding.

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Isn’t that fun? 3 towels were enough to make three so our dogs got an early Christmas gift to play with. I would give a note of caution that if your dog likes to eat towels like an old roommate’s dog did, maybe skip this project. This is for chewing and playing, not eating!

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To top off the whole basket I used some tissue paper and made a fun tag. So excited for my friend to find this under the tree this year! 🙂

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What about you guys? What are your pups getting for Christmas this year? How would Purina Beyond Snacks found at Target fit into your dog’s snacking routine?

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Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.

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  1. How cute! My dogs destroy every toy (even the indestructible ones!). I wonder how long that one would last? I’ll also have to give those dog treats a try, hard to find good ones that are made in the US.

    1. Oh gosh Lisa, I totally understand! My dogs do the same. This one lasted about 3 days but they were both tugging at it almost non stop! These are so affordable and easy to make that I thought it was worth the investment. 😉

  2. I love the DIY!!!! I just know my dogs would have that shredded in a matter of hours though haha! I will have to check out those treats. I buy my dogs grain free food and only products with real meat…no by products! Love that these are found at a regular store. I get tired of going out of my way to specialty stores to get these items. They should be found everywhere!

  3. I volunteer at an animal shelter and we have a bunch of toys like these made with fleece. The dogs really like them and even the cats. Just leave the tails longer on the end! I love the idea of making up a dog basket for doggie friends!

  4. I love this! My dog is my baby too and she is spoiled! I might just have to make this for her to find under our tree as well as for her bff!

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