13 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts To Do with Your Dog

Published: 01/14/2021
Whether you're spending V-day solo or with your fellow pet parent, these dog-inspired Valentine's Day crafts are sure to fetch some smiles. We're sure your pup will be DELIGHTED to lend a paw with your creations!

#1. Pawprint stepping stones

Making stepping stones may sound super involved, but this craft is easier than you think!

What you'll need:

  • Cement
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Disposable aluminum pie pan

Instructions:

  1. Grease your aluminum pan with the petroleum jelly. 

  2. Pour your mixed concrete into your disposable pan. Allow the concrete to settle for 25 minutes.

  3. Place a towel and bowl of warm soapy water beside the pie pan.

  4. Lubricate Fido's paw with the rest of the petroleum jelly. Coat both the top and bottom of the paw to prevent the concrete from sticking to their fur.

  5. Gently press your pup's foot into the concrete-coated pie pan. 

  6. Once you've taken the print, rinse your pup's paw in the bowl of soapy water, using care to remove any remaining concrete from their foot. 

#2. Heart-shaped "paw-per" weights

Your dog will happily help you spruce up your desk with this cute craft.

What you'll need:
  • Large bowl

  • Mixing spoon

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 cup salt

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3/4 to 1 cup water

  • Red food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, salt, vegetable oil, and 3 to 5 drops of food coloring (or enough to turn the dough a bright pink color). You may want to use gloves for this step since the food coloring can stain skin. 

  2. Slowly add in the water while stirring continuously. 

  3. Turn your dough out on a surface and form a heart shape with your hands.

  4. Press your pup's paw into the salt clay. If you don't like the initial print, ball up the clay, and reform it. 

  5. Let dry at room temp for 72 hours or until hardened.

#3. Whip up some Valentine's Day tree ornaments

Who says trees are just for Christmas? Add some pizzazz to your living room with some heart-shaped ornaments.

What you'll need:
  • Red or pink felt or foam 

  • Thin white ribbon

  • Scissors

  • Fabric glue

  • Hole punch

  • Glitter glue 

  • Rhinestones

  • Non-toxic acrylic paint

  • A wallet-sized picture of your pupper

Instructions:

  1. Cut your felt (or foam) into a heart shape (around 5 x 5 inches in width and length).

  2. Use a hole punch or scissors to make a hole to attach your hanger.

  3. Run a 3-inch piece of ribbon through the small hole and tie a knot at the tip. 

  4. Using fabric glue, adhere your pup's picture to the ornament. 

  5. Embellish your ornament with rhinestones or glitter glue if you wish! 

#4. Make pawprint coffee mugs

Step up your coffee game with this adorable craft.

What you'll need:
  • Non-toxic finger paint 
  • Sheet of paper 
  • Paintbrushes 
  • Double-sided tape
  • Permanent marker 

Instructions:

  1. Start by painting your pup's paw pad with non-toxic paint.

  2. Stamp their painted paw pad onto your sheet of paper. 

  3. Once the paint is completely dry, cut it out using a small pair of scissors. 

  4. Place or tape the stencil over the cup and trace around it using a permanent marker. 

  5. Next, take some glass paint and paint over the stenciled area. Let dry.

#5. Create a rainbow paw-print picture frame

This adorable V-Day craft is as easy as it is fun.

What you'll need:

  • A cheap picture frame

  • Colorful non-toxic fingerpaint

  • Non-toxic white acrylic paint 

  • Paintbrush

Instructions:

  1. Prime your picture frame with a coat of white paint. Repeat this process until you can no longer see the natural color underneath.

  2. Paint your dog's paw pad with the desired color of finger paint. 

  3. Gently press your pup's paw onto the photo frame. 

  4. Repeat step 3 with various colors until you've created a rainbow paw print pattern. 

  5. Let dry.

  6. Place a photo of your pup inside and put it on your mantel for everyone to enjoy. 

#6. Have a Valentine's Day themed photo shoot

Need a cute photo of your pup to put in your rainbow photo frame? Make a game out of it with a themed photo shoot!

What you'll need:
  • A camera
  • Props (boas, hats, cute sweaters, headbands, etc. — get creative!)
  • Chalk clapboard sign or letterboard (optional)
  • Squeaky toys
  • Scenic backdrop or bedsheet

Instructions:

  1. Find your ideal backdrop. Even something as simple as a white bedsheet will work. Alternatively, you can have your photo shoot at a scenic location like a lake or a park — get creative!

  2. Set up your sign with a  punny phrase or poem (e.g., roses are red, violets are blue, I am head over paws for you!)

  3. Dress your pooch up in your various props — feel free to change them out throughout the shoot. 

  4. Click, shoot, and share! Be sure to tag #wagwalking in your puppy posts for a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed

#7. Mix up some berry smoothie hearts

Okay, treats aren't ~exactly~ crafts, but we're sure this will be one of your favorite DIYs on this list.

What you'll need:
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • Heart-shaped silicone molds
  • Blender

Instructions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together.

  2. Pour or spoon mixture into heart-shaped molds.

  3. Freeze completely and serve!

#8. Whip up some soothing paw ointment

Combat that harsh winter weather with this soothing paw and foot ointment. That's right, you can use it too!

What you'll need:
  • 2-4oz jelly jars
  • One big, large-mouth canning jar
  • Medium-sized pot
  • 1/4 cup of natural shea butter
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax pellets
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 cups of water

Instructions:

  1. Pour all of the ingredients (except the water) into your large canning jar.

  2. Place your open jar (mouth-side up)  into the pot and pour in your water around (not inside) the jar.

  3. Turn your burner on low and allow the contents to melt. You may stir if needed.

  4. Once thoroughly melted and combined, pour the contents into your small jelly jars. Let cool.

  5. Pamper your pooch (and yourself!) with a soothing foot mask. 

#9. Make a tie blanket

Get cozy and crafty with this fun DIY.

What you'll need:
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 pieces of 1.5-yard anti-pill fleece

Instructions:

  1. Lay both pieces of fabric on top of each other with the design side down. 

  2. If necessary, use the ruler and rotary cutter to trim off any excess.

  3. Cut a 5-inch square or rectangle piece out of each corner. You may want to use an index card as a stencil for more precision. 

  4. Cut 3-inch x  1-inch slits around the entirety of your blanket. When you finish, your blanket should appear fringed.

  5. Taking from the top and bottom fabric, tie a double-knot in all the fringed pieces, stopping at the last 4th of the blanket. 

  6. When you get to the last section, turn your blanket inside out, so the patterned material is facing out. 

  7. Continue tying the knots until you have no more fringe left. 

  8. Finally, wash, and let your pup enjoy! 

#10. Make a canine collage

Collages are a fun way to let your imagination run dog wild. There are no right or wrong ways to make a collage, so loosen up and let your creativity take over!

What you'll need:
  • Decorative scrapbook paper in various prints
  • Decoupage glue
  • Canvas panel 
  • Foam brush
  • Miniature pictures of your dog (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut up pieces of your scrapbook paper in fun shapes — the wackier, the better. 

  2. Cut out various pictures of your dog.

  3. Layer decoupage glue onto your canvas panel using a foam brush. 

  4. While the glue is still wet, place your random bits of scrapbook paper onto the panel. Let dry.

  5. Place another coat of decoupage glue over the initial layer of paper and place your puppy pics on top. Let dry. 

  6. Paint a final layer of decoupage glue over the entire canvas and let dry. 

#11. Paw-print journal covers

What better way to personalize your journal than with prints of your one-and-only?

What you'll need:
  • Brown craft paper
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Non-toxic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • A picture of your dog
  • Washi tape

Instructions:

  1. Lay out your brown craft paper flat on the floor, then place the book on top like you would if you were wrapping a present. 

  2. Open your book with the pages facing you. Measure and trace two inches from the top of the book and three inches from the book's edges. This will be the size of your book cover.

  3. Cut along your traced line using your scissors and craft knife. 

  4. Close the book and place it in the middle of the paper. Fold the excess craft paper against the book's top and bottom — this should create a crease. 

  5. Lay your closed book over top of the top and bottom creases. 

  6. Wrap the book cover around the book's edges.

  7. Use non-toxic acrylic paint to create paw print patterns.

  8. Lastly, top it off with your pup's picture taped down with some washi tape.

#12. Repurpose old t-shirts into a braided rope toy

Upcycle those ratty old tees with this rope toy DIY.

What you'll need:
  • A large old t-shirt
  • Fabric scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut your t-shirt into long 3 to 4-inch-wide strips, cutting from the bottom hem to the neckline. 

  2. Gather 3 of the t-shirt strips at the top. Tie the top of the strings together using a separate strip of fabric.

  3. Braid the strips together as you would hair. 

  4. When you near the end of the strips, tie another strip of fabric around the bottom of the toy — that's it, you're done!

Pro tip: Use multiple different colors of t-shirts to make it really pop!

#13. Craft a "paw-ty" bouquet painting
This dog-themed Valentine's Day craft is picture "pawfect"!

What you'll need:
  • A stretched canvas or canvas panel
  • Multi-colored non-toxic acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Large foam brush
  • Bristle paint brushes
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prime your canvas with white paint and let it dry completely. Repeat this step twice or until you can no longer see divots in the canvas.

  2. Lightly sketch out the general placement of your "bouquet" using a sharp pencil.

  3. Paint your pup's paws with a single color of paint and press their foot down on the canvas where the blossoms would be. Repeat this using various colors until all your flowers are placed. 

  4. Take green paint on a small round brush and place diagonal lines from each blossom to the lower part of the page, crisscrossing at the base.

  5. If you'd like, create a small bow with the ribbon and hot glue it down where the stems intersect.