The Nuts and Bolts: December 4, 2013

The Nuts and Bolts Column.

A Little DIY, FYI…

Celebrity DIY Expert Offers Homemade Gifts for Pets
Don’t forget your best friend this holiday season. Even those with four legs deserve a special gift under the tree. The nonprofit PetSmart Charities is teaming up with do-it-yourself expert Brit Morin to showcase easy and fun projects to celebrate your adopted pet this holiday season. From lounging on DIY pet pillows to indulging in homemade holiday treats, your pet will feel the love as they relax in the happy place you helped create.

Homemade gifts

5 Holiday DIY Ideas for Pet Lovers: Brit Morin shares her top five DIY projects for your adopted pets this holiday. You can see the full projects at

  1. DIY Pet Pillows: Turn Fido’s photo into a decorative pillow for your home – all you need is iron-on transfer paper, fabric and a sewing machine. If you're not up for the sewing task, you can iron the photo onto an existing pillow or pillowcase to spruce up his bed or crate.

  2. Paw Print Stamps: You can turn your pet’s paw print into art by stamping his or her print on a poster or wrapping paper. Turn a plain pattern into a masterpiece sure to please any pet lover on your holiday gift list.

  3. DIY Photo Ornaments: Make your pet the star of your tree this holiday. Start with a clear ornament and print out a cardstock photo of your pet to include inside. Adorn with confetti for a festive touch!

  4. Homemade Holiday Treats: Every dog or cat deserves a yummy treat, so why not bake some with love? These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats are not only delicious – they make a great stocking stuffer.

  5. Etched Glass Treat Jars: Make a personalized gift your cat or dog will love by etching his or her name onto a clear treat jar full of his favorite goodies.

For the 10th year in a row, PetSmart Charities earned four stars from Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and remains in the top 1 percent of all charities ranked. Learn more at

SANUS® & Safe Kids Worldwide Announce Safe and Sound Holiday Campaign and Sweepstakes

Sanus charity event

Did you know that every 45 minutes a child is injured from a TV tipping over? The solution to this is to secure your TV to the wall.

This holiday season, SANUS ® will donate a portion of TV mounting system sales to Safe Kids Worldwide – up to $25,000 – to help prevent these tragedies from happening.

The campaign will include a Facebook sweepstakes where one randomly selected winner will receive a prize package (valued at $1,000) that includes a VMPL50A SANUS Mount, a SA405 SANUS Soundbar Mount, a VIZIO 50” Smart TV, a Samsung 2.1 Channel Soundbar and a Wireless Subwoofer.

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The Home Depot Foundation Kicks Off Season of Giving by Saluting Veterans, Donating Up to $100,000 to Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront

Home is a special part of the holiday season, but for the more than 3 million veterans living with a service-connected disability and the nearly 60,000 veterans who are homeless, home can be a challenge during the holidays and throughout the year.

To help ensure our nation’s veterans have a safe place to call home, The Home Depot® Foundation will donate up to $100,000 to Operation Homefront this holiday season. Between #GivingTuesday (December 3) and New Year’s Eve (December 31), The Home Depot Foundation is inviting people to share their support for veterans by tweeting using #TeamDepot. During that time period, The Home Depot Foundation will donate $1 to Operation Homefront for each #TeamDepot tweet, up to $100,000.

For more about The Home Depot Foundation’s efforts to address veterans’ housing needs, follow The Home Depot Foundation on Twitter @homedepotfdn, #TeamDepot, and “like” on Facebook at