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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! 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! Happy holidays, y’all!