DIY Dog’s Feet & Nails Care

How To Easily Clean Your Dog’s Feet And Cut Their Nails

Dog grooming is normally handled by professionals.  It takes a lot of patience to groom dogs since they need to be comfortable while you are grooming them, you must also know how to adjust based on their preferred position.  Cleaning the paw and cutting the excess hairs around it, plus cutting the nails are part of the usual grooming routine.  At times when we don’t have enough money to keep our pooches well-groomed, we tend to let their hairs and nails grow, which is not a good for them hygienically speaking.

Today, we will prove to you that you can clean your dog’s feet and cut their nails easily.  Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it right the first time. Always remember that your dog would definitely prefer you over the groomer since you are their master.  So let us begin this tutorial!

Step 1:    Gather all the materials needed:

  • pet clipper/pet razor
  • a pair of haircutting scissor
  • slicker brush
  • plier-style nail cutter

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Step 2:    Put your pet dog in a comfortable position on top of a plain grooming table.

Step 3:    Brush the hair on the dog’s legs all the way down to the feet using a slick brush.  This will remove unwanted mats on the dog’s coat.

Step 4:    Brush the hair of the legs towards the tip of the nails of the dog.  This will determine how long we will cut or groom the feet of the dog.

Step 5:    Razor the hair of the dog’s foot.  This should be done from the tip all the way up to the desired level or just below the joint of the dog’s leg.

Step 6:  Cut the unreachable hairs on each of the dog’s claw.

Step 7:  Slightly put some pressure on the paws so that the claws would pop-out and the unwanted hair can be removed by cutting.

Step 8:  Brush the trimmed leg towards the tip of the nails.

Step 9:  Hold the brushed hairs on the trimmed leg.

Step 10:  Cut the excess hairs to form a straight cut for a cleaner look.

Step 11:  Carefully cut the nails on each claw.  Make sure to observe the proper length to be cut since it is not advisable to cut the nails of the dog in full length since this might cause bleeding if not properly performed.

Step 12:  Perform the same steps on the next front foot of the dog.

Step 13:  Do the same trimming and cutting of nails at the back legs.  Make sure that the dog is still comfortable in their position.  You must be flexible enough to adjust your position rather than the dog adjusting to you.

Step 14:  Tada!  You now have clean feet and properly cut nails on your pampered pooch!

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You can do this every month or twice a month.  This dog maintenance should be done especially for dogs who love to walk or run outdoors in bare feet.  Or if your dog is wearing dog shoes, it is proper to maintain their nails in a certain length to avoid discomfort whenever they use them.  Hope this saves you an extra penny and at the same time helps you bond with your furry pal!

DIY Festive Rope Wrapped Easter Basket

How To Create a Festive Rope Wrapped Easter Basket

Easter egg hunting is a fun-filled activity for kids.  Eggs if various kinds are hidden in different ambiguous locations.  As part of the yearly tradition, the kids normally bring a basket, in which the child can carry the eggs that he or she can gather.  Easter baskets come in handy as soon as the game starts.  In this tutorial, we will be making a fun and easy rope wrapped Easter basket for your kids!  Let’s begin making one!

Step 1: Prepare all the materials needed for this tutorial:

  • medium plastic container
  • thin plastic rope
  • hot glue
  • newspapers
  • yellow paint
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • blue tape
  • plastic eggs

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Step 2:  Hot glue the end of the plastic rope on the extreme lower body of the plastic container

Step 3: Wrap the plastic rope around the plastic container.  Continue gluing every 3 to 5 centimeters on the first row of the plastic rope.  This will secure the rope from moving unexpectedly on the container body.

Step 4:  Continue wrapping the container with the rope upwards.  Make sure that you don’t leave any spaces in between.

Step 5:  Once the end of the rope is reached and you are satisfied with the height of the rope, hot glue the end of it on the container body.

Step 6:  Cut three strips of newspaper.  This will be the handle of the Easter basket later.

Step 7:  Twine each of the strips firmly.

Step 8:  Align the three twined newspapers and tape one end of it firmly.

Step 9:  Tightly braid the three twined newspapers together.

Step 10:  Tape the end one you are done braiding it.

Step 11:  Cover the working table with a newspaper spreadsheet.

Step 12:  Paint the braided newspaper.  Double coat it if you are not satisfied with the results.

Step 13:  Let it dry for an hour.

Step 14:  Cut the excess part of the braided handle.

Step 15:  Hot glue the braided handle on the container body.  Let it dry after.

Step 16:  Place all the plastic eggs on the basket.

Step 17: Done!  You can now use your rope wrapped Easter basket!

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You are now ready for Easter egg hunting with your handy rope wrapped Easter basket.  You can have this together with your friends and family.  This is easy to make and a very reliable basket, as well.  Hope you make one before the egg hunting begins!  Enjoy!

DIY Native Easter Leaf Basket

How To Create a Native Easter Leaf Basket

An Easter basket comes in handy every Easter season.  These are used to accommodate the Easter eggs that we have accumulated or better yet, serve as a home decor during the season.  Baskets are made from a variety of materials; this could be made from plastic, paper, or even leaves.  Today, we will be creating a native, but sturdy Easter leaf basket.  So let us begin making one now!

Step 1: Gather all the materials needed:

  • palm leaves or coconut leaves
  • 5-cm. thick segmented ribbon
  • 5-cm. thick red satin ribbon
  • hot glue
  • small utility knife
  • scissors

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Step 2: Carefully remove the midrib of the palm or coconut leaf.

Step 3: Cut the unwanted ends of the leaf.  Each leaf should be at least 1.5 to 2 feet in length.

Step 4: Cross two leaves in their midsection.

Step 5: Put another leaf horizontally parallel the first one but the orientation should be alternate when crossing the vertical leaf.

Step 6: Add another parallel leaf horizontally.  Alternately cross this third leaf to the vertical one.

Step 7: Keep on doing until you achieve the desired size of the basket base.  Make sure to adjust the leaves side-by-side to assure that the spacing is properly done.  You now have a woven basket base.

Step 8: Seal the ends of the woven basket base using hot glue.

Step 9: Fold the four sides of the woven base to form a corner for the basket.  After which, alternately weave each strand around the basket itself.

Step 10: Cut the excess leaves on top of the basket.  The height of the basket would depend on your liking.

Step 11:  Fold the sides of the basket to make the form of it more prominent.  Insert the ends of each leaf on the next parallel leaf beside it.  This will seal the top part of the basket.  Set aside for a while.

Step 12: Fold the segmented ribbon towards the middle section of it.  Seal it using hot glue.  The size and the length of the ribbon would vary and would solely depend on your liking.

Step 13:  Cut a small strip from the segmented ribbon and tie this on the middle forming a small triangular loop.  This will hold the segmented bow later on.

Step 14:  Wrap the small strip with triangular loop over the pinched midsection of the segmented ribbon to form a bow.  To secure the bow’s form, hot glue it.

Step 15:  Cut the red satin ribbon based on the length of the segmented bow.

Step 16:  Fold and glue the satin ribbon on the middle part of it.

Step 17:  Stick the segmented bow on the middle part of the red satin bow.

Step 18:  Pinch the sides of the red ribbon which is parallel to the segmented bow.  Hot glue this part to secure it permanently.  You now have a double bow.

Step 19:  Hot glue the double bow on the upper part of the basket.

Step 20:  Done!  Time to place all the Easter eggs in the leaf basket!

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The common alternative for the coconut leaves that was used in this tutorial is a palm leaf.  You can use other leaves as long as the veins of it are parallel or generally looks like a strip-leaf.  You can also make a basket using the dried version of the leaves, but this will make the leaves more fragile, as compared to the greens.  Further decorations can be made in the Easter basket, as long as you have the creative mind to do it.  Hope you like this!  Enjoy!

DIY Cute Bunny Goodie Bag

How To Make a Cute Bunny Goodie Bag

During Easter season, events are being held everywhere to celebrate the glorious event.  Kids, at the same time, accumulate candies, chocolate, small toys, eggs, etc.  They now need a small pouch to accommodate everything.  Goodie bags are perfect buddies for the said occasion.  They can also be given with special treats inside during the party.  The kids would love this since this pouch is bunny-shaped.  If you want a good party idea, try this one!

Step 1: Gather all the materials needed:

  • 3 pieces craft felt (yellow, purple and pink)
  • crochet thread
  • big sewing needle
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • chocolate treats

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Step 2:  Cut the purple craft felt into two equal lengths.  This will be the body of the goodie bag.

Step 3:  Curve the bottom part of the rectangular felt.  Do this for both.

Step 4:  Starting from the middle side of the rectangular felt, sew the two felts together to form a pouch.  Follow the U-direction in sewing the pouch and leave the half, topmost part of it.

Step 5:  Cut a pair of bunny ears from the pink craft felt.

Step 6:  Place the pink bunny ears on top of the unsewn, topmost part of the pouch.  Sew the bunny ears on the front purple layer using a running stitch.

Step 7:  Cut the purple felt in between the ears.  Do this for both purple felt layers.

Step 8:  Double thread the needle and loop the end of it.  This will serve as the main thread that closes the goodie bag.

Step 9:  Run a big running stitch just below the rabbit ears or above the blanket sewn pouch.  Do this on the upper purple layer first.

Step 10:  Do the same thing on the back of the pouch.  Take note that before making a big running stitch on the back, leave a considerable length of thread on the end sides of the pouch.

Step 11:  Form a loop on the end of the excess sides of the thread.

Step 12:  Do the loop on the other side of the thread, as well.  This should look like this.

Step 13:  Cut the eyes and the mouth from the yellow craft felt and cut the eyeballs, nose and front teeth from the pink craft felt.  Hot glue the facial features of the rabbit.

Step 14:  Place all your chocolate treats on the goodie bag

 Step 15:  Pull the side threads to close the bunny pouch and you are now good to go.

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The kids will surely love this cute bunny goodie bag filled with yummy treats.  You can place different treats inside, it can be chocolates, gummy bears, lollipops, etc.  You can make several bunny pouches and give this as gifts on Easter day.  Hope you like it!

DIY Colorful Paper Mache Easter Eggs

How To Make a Colorful Paper Mache Easter Eggs

Easters eggs are commonly seen during the season of Eastertide.  These eggs symbolize rebirth and fertility.  During the Easter season, Easter egg hunting is said to be the most popular game.  Different kinds of eggs are being used, and paper mache eggs are one of them.  These eggs help your imagination wander.  This maybe a time consuming activity, but this will produce perfectly cute results.  Let us begin making Easter eggs!

Step 1:  Prepare all the materials needed for this tutorial:

  • newspapers
  • white glue
  • bowl
  • water
  • paint brushes
  • acrylic paints
  • cutter
  • plastic egg
  • a pair of scissors

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Step 2:  Pour a considerable amount of white glue on the bowl.

Step 3:  Pour water on the bowl.  The ratio of white glue to water should be 3:2.

Step 4:  Stir the mixture until homogenized.

Step 5:  Cut small strips of newspaper and put it on the glue mixture.

Step 6:  Completely submerge the newspaper strips on the mixture for a better mache mixture.

Step 7:  Completely cover the plastic eggs with the glued paper strips.  Continue doing this until you achieve the thickness of the mache layers.

Step 8:  Let the eggs dry for a day or two.  Observe that the eggs will be as hard as the rock once you complete the drying process

Step 9:  Using a cutter, carefully cut the mid section of the egg.

Step 10: Remove the egg mache on the egg plastic.

Step 11:  Cut a long strip of newspaper and use this to seal the egg mache together.  Use white glue for this.  Smoothen out the sides of the new strip, so that the sealer strip wouldn’t be obvious.  Let it dry for 5 to 6 hours.

Step 12: Paint the eggs.  Do a double coating for better results.

Step 13: Paint various designs on the egg.  This would depend on your preferred designs.

Step 14: Finally done!  You now have a paper mache Easter egg!

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The colorful paper mache Easter eggs can be used as decoration, or as part of the Easter egg hunting game.  You can also put some treats inside (e.g. small chocolates or gummy bears), that will surely make these eggs more inviting to kids.  The creativity of the kids is also challenged in this activity, since they get to put some designs on the egg after.  So what are you waiting for?  Start this fun-filled activity now!

DIY Miniature Easter Egg Potted Flowers

How To Make a Miniature Easter Egg Potted Flowers

Potted flowers can be real or synthetic.  Synthetic flowers are often made from plastic materials.  Most of the people prefer synthetic flowers since it requires less from them – less maintenance, in short.  These synthetic flower plants can also be made using pipe cleaners and to make this activity more interesting, we will use a plastic egg as a pot for the flower plants.  We will be making cute miniature potted flowers to match the Easter occasion.  Let’s begin!

Step 1: Gather all the materials needed:

  • a block of styrofoam
  • 2 pieces plastic eggs
  • small egg carton
  • 2 pairs of googly eyes
  • blue acrylic paint
  • Sharpie or black permanent marker
  • cutter or X-acto knife
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaners of different colors
  • hot glue
  • paint brush

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Step 2: Paint the egg carton but apply a semi finish to create a marbled effect.

Step 3: Mark the Styrofoam using the half of the plastic egg.

Step 4: Cut the Styrofoam based on the egg mark.

Step 5: Using the pointed part of the eggs, glue the Styrofoam inside.  Disregard the bottom part of the eggs.

Step 6: Hot glue a pair of eyes on the top most part, near the edge of the plastic egg.

Step 7: Draw a smiling lips just below the eyes of the egg.

Step 8:  Hot glue the plastic eggs on the wells of the egg carton.  This will permanently fix the eggs on the carton, thus, preventing further movements later on.

Step 9: Make random shapes of flowers from the red, pink, yellow and purple pipe cleaners.  You can use the tip of the paint brush if you want to form perfect circles from it.

Step 10:  Insert the stem in the middle of the flower.  You can use green or brown pipe cleaners for this.

Step 11:  Make small leaves and twist it in the stem of the flower.  You get to decide how many leaves per flower will be made.

Step 12: Insert the flower plants on the styrofoam.  Arrange them properly and make sure that every flower has its own window placement on each plastic egg.

Step 13: Tada!  You now have an adorable Easter egg potted flowers ready for display!

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This Easter egg potted flowers can be given as gifts during the season.  This can also be displayed on your tabletop or even on your own office desk.  You can make more flowers using more plastic eggs.  This is a good activity for kids also.  They get to explore their creativity in forming the flowers out of the pipe cleaners, at the same time, they had fun making it.  Hope you like it!  Enjoy!

DIY Sweet Easter Egg Chocolate Tree

How To Make a Sweet Easter Egg Chocolate Tree

Who doesn’t love chocolates?!  Chocolates make us happy and give us pleasure.  It boosts up our energy since it gives us a sugar boost.  Easter gatherings calls for some fun and for events like this, chocolates can be considered as a treat, especially for the kids and the kids at heart.  Here in this tutorial, we will be making a sweet décor for your Easter Day feast, so let us start making now!

Step 1: Prepare all the materials needed for this tutorial:

  • cardboard
  • toilet paper roll
  • hot glue
  • a pack of egg-shaped chocolates
  • scissors

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Step 2: Form the cardboard into a cylinder cone.  Hot glue the ends.

Step 3: Cut the cone into your desired height.

Step 4: Hot glue the toilet paper roll at the bottom of the cardboard cone.

Step 5:  (egg choco tree photo 5)  Stick the egg chocolate on the bottom part of the cone first.  This should be oriented in a slanting manner to get better results.

Step 6: Continue doing this until you totally cover the cone all the way to the top of the cardboard tree.  Make sure to alternately glue the egg chocolate pieces based on the colors of their wrapper to make it more appealing to the kids or the visitors.

Step 7: Cut the pointed end of the tree cardboard using a pair of scissors.

Step 8: Carefully insert one egg-shaped chocolate on the topmost hole made in step 7.  Hot glue this topmost egg chocolate.

Step 9: Finally done!  You can now display your sweet Easter egg chocolate tree in your tabletop.

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You can make several chocolate trees of different heights and colors.  This would be perfect tabletop décor if you have accumulated more egg-shaped chocolates with colorful wrappers.  Making an Easter egg chocolate tree is a fun activity; just make sure that you can resist the chocolates while making it.  Enjoy and have fun with your friends and family!