7 Helpful Organizing Ideas for Homes & People with Pets

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Organizing ideas for homes with pets

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to “get organized” or beautify your home? You’ll want to check out these great ideas for some DIY inspiration. They’re all designed especially for homes with pets. Whether you’re planning a complete makeover or some simple improvements, every pet parent is sure to find something they’ll love!

dog entryway


Make Your Entryway Pet-friendly

Start with the entry way, foyer or hall. Wherever you go in and out with your pet makes the perfect place to store everything while keeping it handy. Use a bench with cubby holes to organize toys in wicker bins, keep shoes out of the way, and add some cute wall hooks for leashes and a towel to help wipe those muddy paws when you come in!

DIY pet armoire


Create a DIY Pet Armoire or Cabinet

This idea is great for small spaces or if you’re short on space. Re-purpose an old armoire, cabinet or entertainment unit by treating it to some colorful new paint! I love the idea of using chalkboard paint on the inside of the doors to help stay organized!

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Easy Pet DIY: Grow Your Own Catnip, Pet Grass, Kitty Garden & More

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grow cat grass

Cats love nibbling on greens & grasses, and besides being a tasty treat, it can also be good for their digestion. An affordable and fun project you can do at home is to grow your own catnip or other pet grass. Some varieties are suitable for rabbits, hamsters, birds, reptiles and dogs…just be sure to limit their access to the plants so you can control how much they are munching!

cat grass seeds

The least expensive way to grow your own pet garden is by starting with a pack of seeds. You can pick them up at many pet stores, or buy them online at sites like Amazon, which carries a large assortment of varieties here. Get creative with the planter by using an old mug, handpaint a pot, or make a small wooden window box. An old pet food bowl would be cute, too! Just make sure to add some rocks for drainage or drill some holes.

kitty garden kit

In addition to packets of seeds, there are also a bunch of super cute and fun kits that make for nice gifts and have just about everything you need to start your own pet plant or kitty garden, including the container. You’ll find everything from organic kitty garden kits with oats, wheat, rye and barley, to simpler catnip greenhouse kits like this DuneCraft Sprout ‘n Grow Greenhouse.

self grow pet grass

Browsing around, I spotted this Pet Greens Wheat Grass that grown right in the package…neat idea and looks like something kids would love helping with, too! In addition to being a tasty homegrown pet treat, it also makes a super fun science project!

You can go here to browse more ideas and options for growing a pet garden. Most are between $1-$10 so it’s definitely an affordable DIY pet project to try at home…even if you don’t have much of a green thumb! The fun part is to experiment and get creative.

Have you tried growing your own container garden for your dog, cat or other pet? Let us know how you did it and what they liked the best!

7 DIY Pet Projects, Crafts and Recipes

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diy pet projects, crafts and recipes

Do you love DIY and craft projects almost as much as you love your pet? Then you won’t want to miss any of these fabulous pet projects, crafts and treat recipes. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite tutorials, recipes and patterns to help you get your craft on!

pet scrapbooking

Pet Scrapbooking

Save all those precious memories of your fur kid with these great tips and ideas on how to create a scrapbook especially for your pet. Go here for tutorial.

organic cat treats

Homemade Organic Spinach & Chicken Cat Treats

Learn how to make these easy and crunchy organic cat treats for your kitty.  With organic catnip, chicken and more tasty ingredients, they are sure to be a hit with even the most finicky feline friend! Get the recipe here.

diy dog coat

DIY Water-Resistant Dog Coat

The queen of all DIY Crafts, Martha Stewart, has a whole section of great pet craft projects including this one on how to make your own doggy coat. We think it looks more like a vest, but it’s super cute either way! Go here for the instructions.

 diy dog silhouette

DIY Dog Silhouette Art

Create your own wall art using your dog’s silhoutte. Stunning and simple! According to the author, the most difficult part is getting your dog to sit still for the photo. Learn how here.

make your own salmon treats for dogs

Salmon Cookie Recipe for Dogs

This easy recipe uses salmon or tuna and other natural ingredients to create adorable and yummy treats for your dog.  Now I just have to go find a fish-shaped cookie cutter! Get the recipe here.

knit dog toy pattern

Knit a Dog Toy

This intermediate knitting project calls for small double-pointed needles and worsted weight yarn. It looks a little challenging for a beginner like me, but it’s so darn cute that I had to share it! Get the dog toy knitting pattern.

Homemade Wild Bird Treats

Make Your Own Wild Bird Treats

And finally, here’s one for the birds! These easy, hanging treats for wild birds make a great gift idea…and would look so cute hanging outside the window. Get the super simple directions.

DIY Pet Project: Silhouette Canvas

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Calling all crafters and DIY fans…there’s a fun new DIY Pet Project series on YouTube you’ll want to know about!

DIY Pet Silhouette

The Pet Collective has just launched a brand-new series created especially for those of us who are crazy for our pets. It’s called Sedona’s Super-Awesome, Incredibly-Fantastic, Uberly-Cool, Do-It-Yourself Pet Project (but they call it Sedona’s DIY for short).

It’s hosted by vivacious Sedona Cohen, who shows kids, tweens and pet parents how to make awesome DIY projects for and about their pets. From paintings to easy, no-sew pillows to organic apple-oatmeal pet snacks, Sedona can do it all … and will show you how, sharing her passion for animals through fun and creative projects.

The first installment in the new series is a super CUTE DIY Pet Silhouette project. Check it out:

Free Online Craft Mini-Classes + My Craftsy Wish List

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Whether you are a beginner or expert crafter or somewhere in between, be sure to check out the huge selection of FREE mini-classes being offered over at Craftsy right now! In addition to these free tutorials, you can also shop for reasonably priced full-length courses on all kinds of crafts, DIY projects, gardening and food-related topics.

free craft classes

I’ve taken the Craftsy Knitting class online, and found it to be fun and really easy to follow. I did it completely on my iPad but you can use another device, computer or laptop instead if you prefer.  And once you buy a class, it’s yours to keep and retake as often as you like. Craftsy also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so there’s nothing to lose if you don’t like a class after you signup for it!

I’m still working on my knitting, but they’ve got tons more classes I’d like to take soon! Here’s my Craftsy Wish List:

1) Drab To Fab Furniture Upcycling
2) Container Gardening
3) Jam & Marmalade
4) Jewelry Workshop
5) Family Scrapbooking

Check out all of the other great Craftsy Classes by clicking here.