If these cute puppy pins look exhausted, it's because we, as in this blog post and I, have been through a lot. This post started as an Ugly-Holiday-Sweater-with-Your-Dog-on-It DIY, but when I couldn't find a decent basic sweatshirt, we changed the post to be a DIY on an Ugly-Holiday-Sweater-with-Your-Dog-on-It pin. Well that turned out to be just a tad frustrating because of all the tiny details that we were trying to cram into a sweater pin. And so here we are with a DIY to Turn Your Dog into a Holiday Pin, which is the far superior DIY to those other ideas. Anyway, it's the first of December and we have a lot of holidaying do to, so grab some hot chocolate and let's get started!
Here's your craft store shopping list:
- Peel & Stick felt sheets in white (for the pin backer), black (for the nose) and any other colors that appear in your dog's face
- Holiday embellishments (like little Santa hats, holly or snowflakes)
- Pin back pins
You'll also need to grab:
- Glue gun
- X-Acto knife
- Black paper and hole punch for the eyes or just a permanent marker to draw them on. Or, try googly eyes!
1. Choose a mug shot. Sort through your photos, which are most likely 90% of your dog, and try to choose your favorite one. Aim for a high-quality photo in which your dog is looking straight on.
2. Crop and recolor. Crop the photo down to just your sweet pup's face (a 3.5" square is a good size) and turn on the black and white filter. Converting your photo to black and white helps to only highlight your dog's most prominent details.
3. Print and cut. Print your dog's face on regular paper and cut out his or her silhouette. Now, to create the pin backer, lay your dog's face on top of a piece of white felt and again, cut around his or her silhouette.
Two tips: 1. To help keep your paper in place on the felt while you're cutting it, you can simply staple the two layers together and then pull out the staple when you're done. You won't be left with noticeable holes. 2. You don't have to use white felt for the backer, but in our case with designing Pierogi, it worked out because he has white in his face. But, I also went with a white backer for the other all brown dog pin and that worked out just fine.
4. Cut out the large details. Set the backer aside and with the X-Acto knife cut out the largest details of your dog's face. For us, those were the two brown sides of Pierogi's face and his nose. You can see in the photo above where we cut. Then, just like with the pin backer, layer the face pieces on top of felt of corresponding colors and cut around the shapes.
5. Cut out the small details. Now, repeat step 4 with the smaller details of your dog's face. For us, those were Pierogi's eyes and freckly spots below his nose.
6. Glue and bedazzle. Once you have all your pieces cut out, begin assembling your dog - using the paper dog face to help guide your placements. And don't forget about the eyes. For the eyes, you have a few options: you could hole punch thick black paper, you could draw them on with a permanent marker or you could try googly eyes! Now comes the best part...add an excessive amount of holiday flair to your dog. Go big or go home!
7. Pin and be proud. Glue on the pin back and wear your dog around town. The brown dog is the other pin that we made. He's catching snowflakes.
Well! Are you going to turn your dog into a holiday pin? What's one of your dog's cutest features?
Woof! (Hey, there!) Pierogi, Gilly and Sarah here. Thanks for stopping by our dog blog. We're a little dog-obsessed around here and Pierogi & Co. is all about inspiring you to enjoy the dog days. Because life's more fun with your best (furry) friend by your side. So grab a bone and follow along as we stop to sniff the flowers...