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How-Tuesday: Our Favorite DIY Pet Projects

Aug 12, 2014

by Valerie Rains

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Your artwork is original, your furniture is handmade — so why should all your dog’s chew toys come from the big-box store? Charming pet-centric DIY projects abound on the web (including here on the Etsy Blog) and some of them require very little technical skill — if you can tie a knot and wield a pair of scissors, a sophisticated new cat toy is within reach. T0day we’ve rounded up a dozen of our favorite ideas for dogs, cats, birds, fish, and more from our favorite craft and design bloggers. One perk of taking on any of these projects? The all-joy, no-judgement reception it’ll get from Fido — no matter what the finished product actually looks like.

Inspired to keep crafting? Head over to Etsy’s DIY board on Pinterest for even more how-to’s.

 

DIYs for Cats

felt-feather-diy

They won’t sate your little hunter’s bloodlust for blue jays, but these colorful felt-feather cat toys will still supply some stimulation — and can almost double as décor.

diy-catscraper-final

Give your kitty his own King Kong moment with a skyscraper-inspired scratching post made of cardboard.

litter-box-case

So what if the instructions for this clever cut-out litter box cover are in Dutch? Once you select the right-size wooden box, it’s as simple as draw, saw, and paint.

crochet-cat-pod-two

Have you ever seen a cuter feline hideout than this cozy crocheted pod? The best part (aside from adorable photo ops like this one): it collapses flat when not in use.

 

DIYs for Dogs

ombre-dog-leash

A dip-dyed ombré rope leash makes for more-stylish strolls (and the raw materials cost less than ten bucks).

etsy-diy-doggy-pops

Pooches need frozen treats, too (especially during the dog days of summer). These are made from yogurt, bananas, peanut butter, and honey — no specialty (or icky) ingredients required.

doggie-pouch

Stitch up a patterned baggie pouch for your pup’s collar and never be left empty-handed on the sidewalk again.

geo-dog-house

Wondering how to soften the edges of this avant-garde geometric dog house? Just wedge a fluffy pillow or two in the bottom. Paw-blem solved.

suitcase-dog-bed

A pet bed made from a vintage suitcase might just wean him off his need to hover around your luggage every time you’re leaving town.

 

DIYs for Other Little Critters

larger-bird-feeder

This shadowbox bird feeder is as pretty as a picture.

Fish-Bowl-drawings

Spruce up a plain old fish bowl with traceable templates and a permanent marker.

hedgehog-house

Who needs a lemonade stand when your hedgehog could be running his own cardboard record store?

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