We continue our celebration of fall with 5 fall inspired DIY’s for your pet.

5. Pumpkin Spice Gelatin Treats

Gelatin contains amino acids that are very beneficial for skin, hair and joint health. Other recipe flavors include coconut-water, broth + parley and a low cal jiggler for dogs on a diet. Photo: Modern Dog Magazine


  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp plain unflavored gelatin*
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon


  1. Pour 1/4 cup of cold water in a bowl, sprinkle with 1 tbsp gelatin
  2. Pour 1/4 cup of hot water over the gelatin and whisk until dissolved
  3. Combine gelatin mixture with pumpkin and cinnamon. Pour into ice cube trays, molds or a glass baking pan.
  4. Cover and chill for 3 hours. Cut and/or un-mold into small individual treats. Will keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.

* do not use flavored or artificially sweetened gelatin. They can be potentially toxic to dogs.

4. Suede Doggy Coat

Your pup will look oh-so stylish and will be super warm in this DIY suede doggy coat from Martha Stewart. Photo: Martha Stewart


  • 1/3 yard of suede fabric (for 20lb dog)
  • Scissors
  • Erasable fabric marker
  • Four buttons
  • Needle and thread


  1. Cut fabric into a 14×11 inch rectangle and two 1 1/2 inch wide straps, 13 and 14 inches long (for other sizes, test with muslin or newspaper); round the corners.
  2. Drape over dog. Mark where buttons will hold the straps, across the lower neck and behind the front legs.
  3. Sew buttons onto main piece; cut slits in straps. (As dog grows, make longer straps)

3. Water Bottle Sock

The weather is changing and sometimes it’s a little too chilly to go play outside so we have to find some indoor toys that will keep them entertained. Our pups love the crunching sounds of water bottles and the bottles with covers that you can purchase at a big box pet store are super expensive!  Here is a great DIY that involves only a water bottle and a sock! Photo: Momasaurus


  • A sock
  • Plastic water bottle
  • Scissors and string


  1. Slide the bottle in the sock, snip off the end and tightly tie up the end of the sock and fray the edges.
  2. That’s it. You’re done. Pretty easy, right?

2. DIY Chia Pet Halloween Costume

How cute and super easy is this to make? This is a creative and cheap Halloween costume for you dog!

The costume begins with a horse blanket made of felt (instructions included) and some plastic aquarium plants.  View the full set of instructions with helpful photos, HERE.

1.  Pet Pouches

We are about a 40 minute drive to the North Carolina mountains and this time of year is great to take a hike and watch the leaves change. However, hiking is normally not an activity where you would lug your purse and belongings with you on the trail so here is an awesome DIY for a pet pouch.  Keep your license, car key and some poop bags tucked nicely away in this pouch that attaches to your dog’s collar. Photo: the b-line


  • 3×8 inch fabric swatch
  • needle and thread
  • straight pins
  • scissors
  • 2 inches of 1″ wide velcro


  1. Cut your fabric into a 3×8 inch rectangle
  2. Fold each of the short ends over by 1/2 inch and sew down the center of the fabric, 1/4 inch from the fold
  3. Repeat on the other end
  4. Pin velcro to the middle of the fabric
  5. Fold up sides
  6. Sew along both edges of the pouch
  7. Flip over, all done!

What DIY’s have you tried for your pet? Have you ever tried making your own pet Halloween costume?  If so, share your story with us below!

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