30+ Crafty Projects For Pets
Here are a bunch of toys and accessories to make for your furry friends, most are for dogs and cats but I do have a couple projects for fish and birds. Some have been previously featured and moved here for better organization but there are lots of new goodies too.
Quick Note: I decided to remove the Pets category here on Tipnut since I haven’t done much with it for a long, long time but everything’s still here on the site (unless the project is no longer available online), they’re just reorganized into applicable categories (like cleaning, crafts, household tips).
DIY Raised Feeder: Keep your furry friends food & water up off the floor with this DIY project made with a shadow box and napkin rings.
Pouches: Make a little “wallet” to store a plastic baggie right on your dog’s collar (no more forgetting to bring one along for walks!).
Candy Corn Sweater: This particular pattern fits a 12 to 20 pounder, but is easily adapted to any size four-legged animal.
Recycled Collar Tutorial: Use the hardware from an old collar to make a new one (for both cats and dogs).
Collapsible Dog Bowl: Made with oilcloth, this collapsible dog bowl is perfect for traveling pet owners. Free pdf pattern download.
DIY Aviary From An Old Wardrobe: Not a detailed how-to, but easy enough to figure out (it’s gorgeous!).
Catnip Fish Toy: This whimsical fish-shaped toy is sure to become one of your cat’s favorite playthings (downloadable fish toy template available via pdf).
Cardboard Kitty Pad: Made with recycled cardboard from boxes, etc., and decorative paper.
Easy Dog Sweater: Crafty project to keep poochy warm using an old sweater.
Fabric Strap Leash: Sew a fabric cover over cotton canvas strapping to make a pretty leash.
Cattail Catnip Toy: Long tails are made with decor weight fabric, stuffed with catnip and tied off in sections using wool yarn or twine.
Catnip Mouse: (crochet) You’ll need a bit of acrylic yarn, some catnip, stuffing and a jingle bell (optional).
Plaid Blanket: Finished size measures approximately 34″ x 27″, worked on straight needles (size 11).
Catalog Knock-Off Food Containers: Upcycle large popcorn tins into handy food containers using decorative paper, spray adhesive, spray paint and printables.
Scratching Post: Promises to last a lifetime and made with plywood, decorative wood trim, 100 feet of sisal rope and other materials.
This is the page I’ll be adding new pet crafts to so check back to see what’s new :). I’ve also moved these previously published tutorials here so everything’s on one page…
Bandanna Doggy Deodorizer: How To
First Published: October 26, 2006
If your favorite four legged friend is smelling a bit off and it’s not yet time for a bath, try this easy deodorizer method…Materials:
1/2 cup baking soda
2 cups water
1 bandanna sized to fit dog
- Fill a largish bowl with two cups of water, then stir in baking soda until dissolved.
- Place bandanna in the water and thoroughly soak.
- Dry the bandanna in the sun (pull it out to its full square shape).
- Try doing a few at once to save yourself some time.
How To Use:
Once dried thoroughly, you can tie the bandanna around your dog’s neck. Because the bandanna was soaked in baking soda, this will help absorb your pup’s ‘doggy smells’.
DIY Cool Ice Treat For Dogs
First Published: July 26, 2007
There are dog ice treat kits you can buy but they’re easily do-it-yourself with an ice cream pail, some water, and dog toys. Here’s how…
- Fill an ice cream pail 1/3 full with water and place a couple dog toys in it. Freeze. Fill with more water until 2/3 full, add a few treats–freeze. Repeat one more layer like this until you have filled the ice cream pail.
- Once everything’s fully frozen, set the pail in a sink full of warm water until you can pop out the big ice block filled with dog treats. Set the dog treat filled ice block out in the yard, and let your dog have at it.
Your puppy might not have a clue what this is all about until you make him one a time or two. As the block melts down and reveals his toys and treats, make sure you spend time acquainting him with it. Once he gets the idea, he’ll be all over it and happily lick away at the ice to get at the treats.