The holidays and the winter season in general tend to bring a certain sense of peace and togetherness for many. Perhaps it is the time spent with family, the holiday gatherings and parties, or the comfort food that we share during the colder months. This cozy time of year can also feel heavy, especially when we are missing a loved one. We talk often about the importance of memorializing a beloved pet after they’ve passed away, and this time of year is no different. There are many ways that we can memorialize our pets that are unique to the holiday season, and we would love to share those ideas with you.
- A fur-clippings ornament. If you have taken fur clippings from your pet, and aren’t sure what to do with them, consider making an ornament for your tree or in a window. By purchasing a clear ornament, like the one shown here, you can carefully place the fur clippings into the ball and tie the top with a ribbon or a bow.
- Clay paw print hanger. Perhaps you have a clay print of you dear pet’s paw that you would like to use in your holiday (or everyday) decoration. If you have not pierced a hole in the wet clay and it has now dried, you can glue a piece of ribbon or twine to the back of the print using hot glue.
- Lighting a memorial candle each night. This option is for the folks who aren’t feeling as crafty. Whether you have an area in your home dedicated to the memory of your pet, or if you choose to light a candle (or turn on a battery-powered candle!) and leave it in the window of your home, this can be a soft way of remembering your pet during those long winter evenings.
- A dog tag pendant. We love the idea of do-it-yourself crafts, and what better time to try your hand at a new craft project than when it’s cold outside? This article walks you through a step-by-step process of creating a pendant out of a pet’s tag. This could also be made into a keychain!
There are countless ways to spend your free time creating and crafting tributes to your pets, and these are only a few suggestions. Have you tried one from our list? We would love to see your creation!