Tree Decorations

You will need:

  • Labrador template (see below or right click and ‘save as’ from this link – Tree Decoration Template )
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Card
  • Paint
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or string


How to:

  • You can either draw your own template or print off the handy template below – Adjust the size of the shape that you want – or make a range of sizes!
  • Cut out your decorations using a range of different types of card- I have used recycled cardboard packaging, old shoeboxes as well as thicker card from larger boxes
  • Punch a hole in the middle of the back of your Labrador
  • Decorate – I have used spray paints as well as craft paints and a paintbrush.
  • Leave to dry
  • Add your decorative ribbon and hang on your tree!


You can add:

  • Using recycled packaging is quick and easy – but you could use MDF craft shapes – you can buy these from craft shops as well as online (from a well known auction site)

If you are using an MDF craft shape you can cover your templates with gilding foil – available in books of leaves in gold and copper from craft shops and online (a well known auction site) but you will also need:

  • Gilding Size (adhesive to make the foil sheet stick)
  • A paintbrush for the size (adhesive)
  • A soft cloth to burnish the foil leaf onto the template
  • A clear varnish or wax to seal it
  • With a marker pen you can add the name of your dog – why not use gold or silver….or even glitter!
  • You can add ribbon around the neck for a collar
  • You can add a small bell too
  • You can get really creative with old gift wrap and “decoupage” your template, but you will also need:
    • PVA glue
    • A paintbrush
    • A soft cloth to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles


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