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DIY Designer Rope Leash

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from - So mom noticed lately that I’ve been ooh and ahhing over this trendy rope leash from Mungo & Maud. And while I’ll always think it’s super stylin’ – $110 for a new leash for me just wasn’t in the budget.

Instead, on a recent trip to a tack shop in Delaware – mom came up with a plan to make me my very own Rope Leash. For $5!

D.I.Y. $5 Rope Dog Leash

Supplies: cotton horse lead rope, hammer, rope clamp

Step One: You will need to obtain a cotton horse leadrope. I got mine at a horse tack shop in Delaware for $3. You can also get one online at most tack supply places like here. Or check your local horse supply store.

Step Two: You will need to buy a clamp to make the end of your rope into a handle. I bought a package of two (you know, incase I need a rope leash for my best pal Trooper) for $4.39 (about $2 for each one) at the local hardware store. Most hardware stores should carry them in the rope section, and you can find some online here.

Step 3: Figure out how big of a handle you want at the other end and adjust your rope into the clamp accordingly. It also helps to have a cute little dachshund around for supervision.

Step 4: You will need the help of your dad to hammer the clamp shut around the rope.

Then Tada! You are ready for your next walk in your stylish dog leash!

If you don’t have access to a horse lead rope, you can also use any cotton rope. You will just need too metal rope clamps and a snap for the end – all supplies can be found at the local hardware store.

Yeah, you know you want to beg your mom or dad to make you one of these bad boys!

I think I need one of these in every color! Almost as good as the real thing…..

Rope Leash from Mungo & Maud

19 DIY Projects For Dog Lovers

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via What happens when you combine two of the greatest things in the world, crafts and pups?   Immediate explosions of awesomeness, that’s what. Make one of these projects below for your furry friend or your dog-obsessed friend! (Main image via Simmer Till Done.)

DIY dog bed

1. DIY Suitcase Dog Bed: Is your pup’s bed an eyesore in your home? Try making one from a vintage suitcase! Click here for the tutorial.

diy dog bookends

2. DIY Dog Bookends With a couple of plastic dog figurines, two blocks of wood, some spray paint, and a bit of superglue, you can make these stylish dog bookends! Image via House of Fifty

diy dog treat

3. Dehydrated Sweet Potatoes: Want your pup to have a healthy, all-natural treat? These dehydrated sweet potatoes are just the thing you need! Click for the tutorial.

DIy dog treat

4. Chicken Broth Ice Cubes: Mix it up in the treat department and freeze some chicken or beef broth in ice cubes! Image viaFunnyFur.

dog food on chair

5. Chair Dog Dish Holders Does your pup make a mess during dinnertime? Solve that problem by getting the bowls off the ground! Image via Nest Full of Eggs.

DIy dog toy

6. DIY Denim Dog Toy: Want a sturdy and cheap toy that your dog will have a hard time destroying? Try this knotted denim toy! See the tutorial on Instructables.

dog hanger

7. Dog Hangers: Want to spice up the rack in your closet? Print off a photo of your pup and attach it to a flat hanger with Mod Podge or glue! Image via Incredible Things.

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8. Car Seat Protector Love taking your pup for rides but hate the mess of hair that is left behind? Make this easy seat protector! See the tutorial here.

DIy dog treat

9. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pup Treats: Did you know pumpkin soothes your pups stomach? Make these special (and easy!) treats for your pup with a bellyache. Click here for the recipe.

DIy dog shampoo

10. DIY Dog Shampoo: There are many different kinds of dog shampoos to buy in the store, but did you know you can also make it? Check out the tutorial here.

DIy dog food holder

11. Hidden Dog Bowls: Hate the way your pup’s dishes look on the floor? You can creatively stash them away in an old dresser drawer! See more here.

DIy dog treat puzzle

12. DIY Dog Treat Puzzle: Tips on how to make a puzzle toy out of a tennis ball! See how to make it here!

DIy dog sweater

13. DIY Dog Sweater: Have an old sweater lying around? Turn it into something that’ll keep your pup warm! Clickhere for the tutorial.

DIy dog silhouette

14. DIY Dog Silhouette: Are the walls in your home a bit bare? Liven them up with a silhouette of your pup!Tutorial here.

15. Tiny Plush Pup: Make these tiny little pups yourself with this tutorial! Makes a great gift. :) Click here for the directions.

dog popsicle

16. Pup Popsicle: Freeze your dog’s favorite toys into a bucket and watch them spend hours licking away to find them. (Good for hydration, too!) :) Image via ActiveDogToys.

diy dog necklace

17. Plastic Dog Necklace: Make a cute necklace with a chain and a little plastic dog! Inspired by a Modcloth necklace. Tutorial here.

t shirt dog toy

18. T-Shirt Dog Toy: How to make a tug toy out of old t-shirts, on theBarkPost!

19. DIY Dog Pillow: Snuggle with the likeness of your pup when your pup won’t snuggle. ;) Make a pillow replica with the tutorial here.

10 DIY Dog Toys You Can Make for Pennies

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Dogs. These days, it seems like man’s best friend is an even better friend to the retail outlets. If you can think of a dog accessory or toy, it’s out there, and often at a whopping price tag. I sometimes scratch my head in the aisles of Pet Smart and PetCo, thinking “Really, $8 for a tennis ball and a white cord? Wow, you really can get money for old rope!” (See also:Homemade Dog Food: Recipe and Cost)

So I looked around for ideas that I could make at home quickly, easily, and without spending more than a couple of bucks on any one toy. Ideally I was looking for toys I could make without having to buy anything. And as my big pooch doesn't know the difference between brand new and homemade, all I really had to do was make sure she liked playing with them.

It's worth noting that although socks and jeans are mentioned in here, it's best not to use ones that have been worn already. You don't want to associate your scent with something the dog is allowed to chew, or you could be in for a world of ravaged clothing and shoes. Socks can be picked up very cheap, as can jeans, from your local Goodwill or second-hand store. If you must use an old sock or piece of old clothing, try soaking it in something that will eliminate any smells.

Anyway, here are the winners, in no particular order.

1. The Sock ‘n’ Ball

You will need:

  • 1 sturdy sock
  • 1 old tennis ball

Place the ball inside the sock to the toe-end, and then tie a knot just above the ball to seal it inside. Probably the cheapest, easiest, and handiest DIY pet toy you can make.

2. The Snack Sock

You will need:

  • 2 sturdy socks
  • Small dog treats

Place the snacks inside one sock and then ball it up (the usual way you do when you put socks in a drawer). Then, put it inside another sock and tie a knot in the sock to seal it inside. Your pup will smell the snacks inside and love the challenge of getting them out.

Dog with toy

3. The Rope Ball

You will need:

  • A piece of old rope
  • 1 tennis ball

Drill or cut a hole in each side of the ball, big enough for your piece of rope to squeeze through. Put the rope through it until the ball is central, and tie knots either side of the ball to keep it in place. Tie knots at the ends of the rope for grip. You now have a killer tug-of-war toy that is also good for fetch and chewing.

4. Kitchen-Towel Braids

You will need:

  • 1 old kitchen towel

Take your old, gnarly kitchen towels and put them to good use. Cut two slits along the length of a towel, equidistant from each other, and stop cutting about an inch from the top. Then braid the towel as you would hair. Knot the loose ends and you have a tough dog rope toy that’s way cheaper than the ones in the stores.

For a tougher toy, or for bigger dogs, braid three complete towels together and tie the ends or sew them up. NOTE: Old jeans can be used to make an even hardier braid.

5. The Empty Cuddly Toy

You will need:

  • 1 old cuddly toy (bit obvious?)

Don’t buy one of those expensive dog toys that look like a Build-a-Bear before it got stuffed. Just take an old stuffed toy (one that your kid doesn’t want any more, or buy one for pennies at Goodwill) and remove all the stuffing. Then sew it back up. My dog loves her unstuffed raccoon. She’s had it for years.

6. One Big Knot

You will need:

  • 1 long strip of fabric

Tie a knot in the center of the fabric. Then a knot around that one. And repeat the process until you have one giant knot. Cut off the excess from the ends, and roll it for your dog for hours of chewing madness.

Option: When you’re done, soak the knot in water (or beef stock if you’re feeling generous) and put it in the freezer. If your dog’s like mine, chewing at the ice will make it extra fun.

7. Milk-Bottle Madness

You will need:

Remove the plastic cap and throw it away. Put a dozen or so treats inside and then give it to the dog. Your pooch will bite and scratch and throw around that bottle until the last treat has fallen out, which could take hours.

8. Garden Hose Hoopla

You will need:

  • 1 piece of old garden hose
  • 1 small stick or branch

This one is easy-peasy. Take a section of garden hose and put a 3-inch long piece of branch in one end. It must fit very snugly. Curve the hose around and put the open end over the exposed piece of branch. You now have a great throwing hoop.

9. Crackling Sock

You will need:

  • 1 empty plastic bottle, small
  • 1 sock

Another very simple but effective toy. First, take the cap off of your plastic bottle and throw it away (it's a choking hazard) Now squeeze all of the air out. Put this inside of an old sock and tie a knot in the end of the sock to keep it in place. The sound of the crackling plastic, and the texture, will be something your pup will go nuts for.

10. Cardboard Tubular

You will need:

  • 1 cardboard tube (the center of a roll of kitchen towel)
  • Dog treats
  • Duct tape

Flatten one end of the cardboard roll and seal it up with duct tape. Pour some of your dog's favorite treats inside. Flatten the other end and seal it up. Now wrap the whole thing in duct tape for strength. Your dog will love the rattling sound and try for ages to get the treats out.

If you don't want to use treats, or have none available, simply flatten the tube and wrap it all in duct tape. This makes a good alternative to those rawhide chews.

Those are the top ten toys of my pet pooch Zoe. Do you have any great ideas for cheap dog toys? Let us know.

Additional photo credit: Cogdog