This past weekend, my beautiful niece, Amanda, showed off her crafty skills with a wonderful DIY Dog Bed. I was instantly intrigued! I love a good craft idea. And you know how much I love my dogs. Put those too loves together and I’m in DIY Doggie Craft heaven.
Amanda told me that you can check Freecycle or a thrift store to find an inexpensive crib mattress which you can then wash down with some diluted bleach. She took some comfy fleece material and cut two pieces that extended 6 inches past the edge of the mattress. Then, cut four inch long strips that are about two inches wide. Place one piece of fabric on top of the mattress, and one on the bottom, lining up your strips. Now, tie these strips (a top one to a bottom one) together, all the way around. And there you have it!!
The best part is that it’s a sturdy dog bed for very little cost. And, you can remove the cover and wash it easily. That’s a win-win for me! I’ve seen similar dog beds in catalogs ranging in cost from $70-125! At best, you will have spent only about $20-25 on this DIY dog bed.
Recently, I spent $7.99 on a dog toy that was essentially a plastic bottle holder with a monkey head on the top. The dogs loved chewing on the body (the plastic bottle) and making crunching sounds. But, after about four days, the monkey head was destroyed and what remained was an empty sleeve that looked like a barracuda had had a field day with it.
Now, if you are like me, you have limited disposable income, but more than a few disposable water bottles in your fridge. Quick, go drink one. Now, take the empty bottle and put it in an old sock. Tie the end of the sock into a secure knot. Crunch the bottle a few times for effect. Now, throw it on the floor. You’re done and the dogs have a toy that, if destroyed, is easy and cheap to replicate. Yay!
You can also take the same fleece that you used for the dog bed and cut it into three wide and long strips. Now, tie a knot at one end and braid it all the way down. At the bottom, tie another knot. Wave it around like a maniac, teasing the dogs, and toss it across the room. I bet they take off running for it. This toy is especially fun for dogs that like to shake toys from side to side as if they are taking down a wild animal – or a sweet little, brown and innocent neighborhood squirrel. (Don’t ask. It was a sad day in Neighborhood Squirrel History).
I also like to bake my own dog treats from time to time. Here is the recipe:
1 ¼ c. grated cheddar cheese
¼ # softened corn oil margarine
1 ½ c. whole wheat flour
1 glove garlic (I use dried)
Mix all ingredients. Add enough milk to form dough into a ball. Cover ball and chill 30 minutes. Roll out ½ inch thick. Cut into bone shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes until brown and firm. Yield: 2-3 dozen
I have to thank my friend Gloria for the recipe. I’ve made these treats several times, and even shared them with my friends who tell me that their dogs LOVED them, too.
Do you have a favorite DIY Doggie Craft that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear your crafty tales and see what new and interesting ideas you have. Please share!
Until next week, wag on, Augusta!