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Make It! Farm Treat Pouch

Make It! Farm Treat Pouch

- Tracey Stewart

My love of animals enhances every aspect of my life. As a parent, my reverence for animals plays a big part in how I raise my kids. Luckily, they are just as intensely in love with animals as I am. Bribes like, “If you do all your homework this week without fuss you can go to the animal shelter and read to the bunnies,” actually work in my house. We foster animals in our home, strategize ways to raise money for animal charities and are forever trying to spread the word about how animals need us to be kinder. I want my children to feel they have a voice and that their voice has impact. It’s empowering for children to feel as though they can protect as well as be protected. Animals provide a great opportunity for this type of engagement.

When my kids and I visit our friend’s farm sanctuary we like to bring all the animals a special treat. My kids enjoy researching who likes what and we use our farm treat pouch as a way to remember which treat belongs to who. Our contributor, Jodi Levine, gave us some tips for the best way to craft the pouch and keep our treats organized.
 

WHAT YOU NEED:

• Pocket Canvas Waist Apron - we used this hardware belt with lots of pockets >>
Animal silhouette template - download our animal silhouettes here >>
• Freezer paper
Acrylic craft paint
Foam paint brush
X-acto/Craft knife

DOWNLOAD YOUR TEMPLATE. Print your animal silhouette template

MAKE YOUR STENCILS. Tape your template along a sheet of freezer paper. Use your craft knife to cut through each silhouette on the template, piercing through the freezer paper. You will be left with holes in the shape of each animal - these are your stencils. Separate each stencil and size to fit on the pockets of your apron. 

ADHERE THE STENCIL TO YOUR FABRIC. Freezer paper has two sides: shiny (plastic) and matte (paper). Place your stencils onto each pocket of your apron making sure they are shiny side down. Iron your stencil onto the pockets, ensuring that you are ironing the paper side and not the plastic side. 

PAINT YOUR ANIMAL STENCILS. Using a foam paint brush, fill the inside of your animal stencil with paint. Apply paint by "pouncing" (dabbing the paint up and down onto the fabric) and building up the paint layers. Wait for your paint to dry before peeling off your stencil.

TIP: Freezer paper is a great way to make stencils as it doesn't need tape to adhere and will not move around once applied to the fabric - it's fool proof! Stencils made out of freezer paper are one-time-use only.

FILL YOUR POUCH WITH FOOD:

Here are some ideas for animal snacks to hold in your farm treat pouch:

PIGS LIKE:

PIGS LIKE:

• Carrots
• Apples
• Pumpkins
• Squash

GOATS LIKE:

GOATS LIKE:

• Raisins
• Carrots
• Apple tree leaves
• Willow tree branches

CHICKENS LIKE:

CHICKENS LIKE:

• Raisins
• Craisins
• Seeds
• Corn

TURKEYS LIKE:

TURKEYS LIKE:

• Apple Slices
• Raisins
• Cranberries
• Soft fruits like kiwi/melon

SHEEP LIKE:

SHEEP LIKE:

• Carrots
• Corn
• Rasberries
• Oats

DUCKS LIKE:

DUCKS LIKE:

• Raw Corn
• Chopped Romaine lettuce
• Fresh peas
• Halved grapes

Posted in: Animal Kingdom   Crafts: Make It!   

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Michelle Allen said…

A whole lot of love here!  Animals love whole food just like our bodies do!  We stopped giving our chicken lay pellets years ago and she eats raw sunflower seeds and raisins with glee!  Thank you for your love of animals Tracey!  Vegans just do!  smile

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