3 Cheap and Easy DIY Pet Projects Anyone Can Do!

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I’ve been spending LOTS of time on Pinterest recently and have pinned hundreds of cool DIY projects, pet products and pictures I found inspiring! Rather than keep them all to myself, I figured I’d start sharing a few of my favorites when I get a chance. Here’s 3 cool DIY craft projects you can make for your pet, using inexpensive supplies or stuff you probably already have around the house:

DIY chalkboard paint dog food tin

DIY Dog Food Canister using Chalkboard Paint and Popcorn Tin

DIY Dog Toy

DIY Dog Toy from old t-shirts or fabric

diy dog tags

DIY Dog Tags from Shrinky Dinks Sheets

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No nonsense leggins and tights

Since I spend lots of time at the dog park and out playing with Daisy, I’m usually pretty casual. Some might even call me fashion-challenged since like most pet parents, I tend to dress for comfort rather than style! I also don’t like to spend a lot on my casual outfits, but have been trying to make more of an effort since the hubby and I have been losing weight together and I’m finding I need some new stuff that’s a bit more flattering.

I recently discovered No nonsense tights and leggings, which are great for anyone who wants an affordable and comfortable look that’s practical and stylish at the same time. I think the Capri style is my favorite and since we’re here in South Florida, they are great with a sundress or tunic now that it’s a bit cooler.

We like going out to lunch on the weekends and usually sit outside so we can take Daisy with us. Here’s a cute and comfortable Florida Winter outfit I put together that’s perfect for an outdoor patio brunch or lunch date with the hubby and our pup!

casual weekend lunch outfit with leggings


No nonsense leggings and tights can be easily found at grocery and drug stores, as well as at big box retail stores and are a super affordable way to add some easy style to your wardrobe. They come in basic neutrals as well as some great, bright colors. If you’re like me and shy about wearing colored tights, not to worry! No nonsense has partnered with Jill Martin, fashion expert and TV personality, to bring you some fantastic tips and inspiration like this:


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DIY Pet Project: Make Your Own Fetch and Tug Dog Toy!

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Maize and Blue Dog Tug Toy, DIY Pet Toy

Here’s a fun and easy DIY Pet Toy project you can do with your kids or grandkids! I got the idea from Modern Dog Magazine and emailed Daisy’s Grandma with the link since she is always on the lookout for fun craft ideas to do with my niece (who I call “Little-A”) when they hang out together. Less than a week later, look what arrived in the mail addressed to Daisy, with the SWEETEST note from Little-A herself!

Letter to Daisy

While the original project used old t-shirts, my mom took the concept a step further and used inexpensive fleece fabric strips in Maize & Blue (University of Michigan team colors) for Daisy’s toy, and also made one for Daisy’s cousin Cody!

I think the fleece material will be more durable than t-shirts but you can use any old fabric you’d like to recycle (blankets, jeans, sweatpants, etc.) or watch for sales on holiday-themed fabrics and make some to stash away for stocking stuffers! You basically just twist or braid strips of fabric and knot it all together at the ends.

Playing Fetch and Tug with your dog can be a fun way to teach or practice skills and obedience commands including Sit, Give, Wait, Drop It and more. Check out these Tips on Teaching Your Dog Tug from the ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist for info and advice! 

Daisy Tug Toy You can view the original DIY Dog Toy instructions here. As you can see, Daisy loves hers! Thanks Grandma and “Little-A”!