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Has your dog been a very good boy or girl this year? Why not make them a doggy Santa sack? It’s super easy and super cute! Here's how:


1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Draw your pattern

On Christmas morning everyone else gets to wake up to a stocking full of goodies – so why should your furry friend miss out? We're designing them a special bone-shaped stocking. First, draw the shape you want on a piece of cardboard, then grab some scissors and cut it out.

A person cutting through two sheets of hessian marked with the outline of a large bone

3Cut your hessian

After you've made your pattern, get some hessian, fold it in half, and trace around it. Once you've done this, use a pair of scissors to cut the shape.

Person cutting hessian.

4Glue together

Once you've got your shape, fold your top piece away from the bottom piece, so when you glue it together, the edges match up. Wear gloves for this bit – craft glue is tacky! Glue around the edges, but leave an opening at one end so you can get your goodies in and out. 

5Stick your pieces together

Grab your top piece and adhere it to the bottom piece of hessian. When the glue is first applied it goes on white, but don't stress – it dries clear. Hessian fabrics have a tendency to fray, so you may want to pop some glue around your top edges to prevent them fraying – use your cardboard again to prevent the top bits from sticking together. Wait for your glue to dry.

6Personalise your Santa sack

We're making our dog feel special by using wooden letters to spell out their name. We chose festive red and greens in the British Paints Spray Easy range and applied the colours to the letters in long, even strokes about 20cm from the can to the letters. Don't forget to use a mask if you're spraying – and make sure you have a drop sheet or newspaper down. Once your letters are dry, you're ready to glue them onto the front of your stocking – use a piece of cardboard inside the sack to make sure you don't glue everything together.

Person wearing gloves applying glue to fix letters to hessian

7Wait for Santa!

And you're done! How easy and cute was that? Now all that's left to do is wait for the big man himself to come visiting on Christmas Eve!

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.