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On the Ball: Advent Tree-at For Pets

When I saw the Littlest Pet Shop Advent Calendar for kids on lilsugar, I was instantly motivated! Being a fairly crafty gal, I decided to make an advent calendar for my lil' guy, North. I stopped off at a hardware store after work for some creative inspiration and was actually able to conceptualize and make this calendar from items I purchased or had lying around my house. It was so easy to make that when I sat down to work at the beginning of last night's Gossip Girl episode, by the end, I was done! To see how to make an Advent Tree-at for your pooch, kitty, or kiddie,


To make this advent calendar you will need the following items:

  • One sheet of posterboard
  • Green wrapping paper or cellophane (note: if you've got green posterboard, you can eliminate this step!)
  • Writing utensils: a pen or pencil and marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue gun or stapler
  • 26 foil cupcake liners
  • 25 yummy treats

To assemble it:

  1. Fold a piece of posterboard in half lengthwise and draw a tree with the middle of it on the seam (so it opens to a mirror image).
  2. Attach wrapping paper to the blank side with glue or tape, flip over, and cut out the tree shape.
  3. Fold and flatten 25 silver cupcake liners in half and number from 1–25.
  4. Seal the cupcake pockets with two drops of hot glue (or a stapler) leaving enough space to slide the treat inside later. If you're using small snacks, you can stick one in now and staple . . . but let glue dry completely before adding snacks if you are using the glue gun.
  5. Attach the cupcake pockets to the tree shape with glue or staples.
  6. Slide in one treat inside each little pocket.
  7. Cut out a star shape from the remaining cupcake liner and tape to the top.
  8. Cut out a trunk from the posterboard scraps and tape to the bottom.

Now you're ready to hang it up! Be quick about it — if you make this project on the floor as I did, your pets may try to sneak a sample!

Join The Conversation
deniseandtaj deniseandtaj 7 years
such a great idea thanks taj will love it
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
i made one for max!! i found small dingo bones/rawhides that fit perfectly into the cupcake pocket. i will have to upload the pictures..
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Cute! North looks pretty darn cute sniffing out his treat! :dog:
OChottie OChottie 9 years
This is fantastic! Thanks so much for the awesome idea.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
How cute! I love it!
Pets Pets 9 years
Where there's a will, there's a way :)
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 9 years
So I made a really cute advent calendar a few years ago for my family's scottish terrier Maggie. We hung it up high on a cabinet, definitely out of reach of Mag. Well one day we went out for a few hours and came home to find...the advent calendar on the floor, with all the treats gone, but with no damage whatsoever!!! The loop at the top holding it onto the cabinet pull wasn't ripped, none of the little plastic holders were ripped. To this day we have no clue how the little devil got it down, but we are sure there was some kind of "divine" (or not so divine!!!) intervention ;-)
ER1008 ER1008 9 years
North is so cute!!! I have a boston them!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
my baby would jump at this calendar the entire month of december
akrsouth akrsouth 9 years
I wish we celebrate lent! I live it.
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
oh i am totally making one for max!!!
Food Food 9 years
I love it!! He's so lucky!
Angelica Angelica 9 years
This is fantastic and so festive! Every puppy should be as lucky as North!
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