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This DIY upcycled dog toy is the perfect way to treat your dog for any occasion, but especially during the holidays. Even better, the project is so easy your kids will be able to get in on the fun.
Between our two dogs and our two cats, sometimes we truly feel like we live in a zoo! But we wouldn’t have it any other way. Over the years, our pets have become an important part of the family. Their companionship has filled our house with tons of love, laughter, and lasting memories.
To show them we care, we love providing enrichment and special treats. As family members, our pets deserve a few special holiday gifts too!
Our dogs really get excited when we stuff their treat toys with Purina Beneful Medelys and Purina Beneful Chopped Blends. We love that Purina Beneful contains wholesome ingredients, including real meat and vegetables! To show them a little extra love, we also treat our dogs to long-lasting Busy bones and tasty Beggin’ Strips, made with real bacon.
Our cats get just as excited when they hear the rustle of a Friskies Party Mix or Whisker Lickin’s treat bag. Of course their all time favorite is Fancy Feast Purely, which is also made with real meat.
All of these foods, goodies, and more are conveniently available at your local Kroger. We love that Kroger allows us to get everything we need, groceries, paper goods, and pet supplies, all in one place. Convenience is especially important during this busy holiday season.
You can spread holiday love to your furry friends with the help of Purina! Now through the end of November, take advantage of great savings on your favorite Purina pet products available at Kroger with this Coupons.com link, while supplies last.
In addition to edible goodies, we also enjoy treating our pets to amazing toys. Whenever we have old jeans we whip up these super durable dog toys, which have become a household favorite. They are totally FREE to make and the assembly is easy enough that your kids can help!
DIY Upcycled Dog Toy
- 1 old pair of adult jeans
To begin cut out the 4 side seams and waist band on the jeans. To remove some of the remaining bulk, it is also best to cut out the pockets.
Due to the thickness of the jean material, this step does require adult scissors. For this reason, this step is best reserved for older children. When finished you should be left with 4 panels of fabric. You will be using 3 of the panels for this project. Save the last panel for future craft projects.
After cutting the jeans into panels, taper the top quarter and bottom quarter of each. This eliminates a lot of the bulk and makes the knot tying much easier.
After tapering the ends, gather the three strips and tie a really tight knot at one end. You really want this as tight as possible, because your dogs will be pulling on this knot as they play.
Next, braid the 3 panel pieces together. To make this step easier for kids, you can lay the project on a table and have them fold over 1 piece at a time. Keep the pieces spread out to help your kids stay visually organized throughout the process.
If your kids are new to braiding and it seems a little lose, don’t sweat it. Pull firmly on the ends to tighten it up. Once the braid reaches the tapered portion of the fabric, it is time to tie your bottom knot. Again, tie this as tight as possible. If desired you can tuck the stray ends into the knots.
As you can see, this toy is always a big hit!
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Happy holidays, y’all!