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Nothing Says Halloween Like a Hedgehog in a Sheep’s Costume

Once upon a time, dressing up your cat or dog in a Halloween costume was considered “wacky” and you were automatically put in the crazy pet lady/guy category by your family. Fast forward to Halloween season 2016 and it’s not only considered normal, but actually acceptable and eagerly anticipated by pet parents and retailers. In 2015, American’s spent $350 million on pet Halloween costumes. That’s $1 for every $3 spent on a kids costume according to the National Retail Federation. So what’s next? A sweater on a fish?

The small pet costume trend has been steadily growing over the past 3 years. Major pet retailer PetSmart has been expanding their small pet costume selection catering to the demands of guinea pig parents who want to put a tutu on their rodent. Etsy.com is a treasure trove of creative small pet costume designers offering everything from hand-made Yoda costumes for your bearded dragon to sweaters for chickens.

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Check out some of our favorite small pet Halloween costumes found on Etsy.com. These are great DIY pet costume ideas for you to experiment with or buy directly from the designers.

Sheep’s costume for a hedgehog by Crafted4Pets

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Hedgehog or hamster birthday hat by Crafted4Pets

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Guinea pig newsboy hat by Pinkismart

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X-mas guinea pig costume by Crafted4Pets

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Pizza slize rat costume by Custommadebybethany

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Yoda Halloween costume for bearded dragons by Pampered Beardies

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Bearded dragon Princess Leia costume by PamperedBeardies

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PupStyle Home: Wine Lovers Reclaimed Wine Barrel Dog Beds And Feeders

So what to do with that old wine barrel you picked up at a flea market years ago and it’s been collecting dust in the basement? Keep using it as an end table or flower pot? Nah,  Rock Creek Furniture Company at Etsy.com came up with a really smart DIY idea that you can try yourself or buy from them.

Beautifully , aged reclaimed wine barrels are turned into stylish dog beds and feeders that you can’t find at a mass retailer.  This Colorado based company uses barrels from reclaimed American or French oak which are carefully reinforced, sanded and and sprayed with a high-quality clear finish for a lasting product.

You can change the feeling of the bed easily by experimenting with different fabrics for the cushion. Plaids will give this a classic country look while bold modern prints make it edgy and cool.

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A reversible cushion with fleece on one side is a great way to add warmth for winter.

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This can be yours for the same price as a case of vintage vino-$250 plus shipping.

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PupStyle parents know spring is ideal for starting the dream “pet home-improvement” project you’ve thinking about all winter long. Whether it’s building space-saving, custom kitchen drawers with pet feeders built in or a dream dog house, HomeAdvisor.com can match you up with the right contractor to make your “pet project” a reality.

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PupStyle Pumpkins! DIY Dog Pumpkin Carving Project

Halloween is by far one our favorite holidays at PupStyle.com.  In my family we have a yearly tradition of carving pumpkins.  Every year I like to change it up so this year,  I was inspired by my Chiweenie Sophie!

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I can’t resist her adorable face and hey why not put her face on a pumpkin? Here are the steps I took to create my Sophie Pumpkin!

Simply go to google and type in the breed of dog you have along with free pumpkin printable. For example I typed: weenie dog free pumpkin printable.

After looking into some different websites, I then found a printable weenie dog pumpkin carving that also came with directions! http://www.ilovedachshunds.org/free-dachshund-pumpkin-carving-stencil-pattern/

I then followed the directions and wala! My Sophie pumpkin is complete!

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Kid’s Summer DIY Project-Duct Tape Dog Collar Bow Tie

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PupStyle team member and children’s editor, Parker Foster Spooner has created this fun summer DIY pet fashion bow tie project for you to try out.

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Step one: Select any duct tape you like but prints are really trendy especially all things with mustaches.

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Step two: Cut a piece of length suitable for the size of your dog. We made ours extra small to fit Mr. Bernard our resident Chihuahua in charge.

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Step 3: Fold the strip you cut in half.

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Step 4: Pinch the piece you folded in half to look like a bow tie or similar to fan folding.

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Step 5: Cut a small strip of tape and fold it in half to create a loop to secure the bow tie to the dog collar.

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Watch Dara Foster’s Tips On The Better Show ” How To Throw A Stress Free Dog Birthday Party!”

Tune into The Better Show to learn my tips for throwing a stress free dog birthday party!

Co-Host “Mo” turned 5 this week and my friends at Better TV asked me to join them to show viewers how to throw a really easy, stress-free birthday party. They are fur children after all..duh!

-Mo’s personalized party hat, bow tie and decor are from BigDogOfHappiness.com

-Yummy and beautiful, organic cake from BubbaRose’sBiscuitCompany

-Interactive Twister by Nina Ottosson and singing birthday cake from DoggieCoutureShop.com

-Orbee-Tuff Mazee interactive balls by Planet Dog

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Easty ETSY DIY Dog Bow Tie For New Year’s Eve

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Camargo Creations came up with this cleaver way to make a cute dog collar, bow tie and shirt idea.

You can easily order one on Etsy through their store or take a baby bib, felt and black fabric ( or up-cycle an old neck tie) hot glue it together and viola! Instant New Year’s party pet fashion!

Send us your DIY ideas to Dara@pupstyle.con for a chance to get your dog fashion idea posted on PupStyle.com.

Happy New Year!

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