If you love to surprise and treat your pet with new toys and little luxuries, but are fed up with paying the hefty price tag for the privilege, why not start making your own?
With pet projects to suit all abilities and budgets, the look on your beloved pooch or crazy cat’s face when you show them the results of your efforts will be priceless.
From DIY doggie teepees to homemade pet shampoo, keep reading to find the perfect pet project for you and get started on your first masterpiece today.
Dog or cat teepee
If your pet loves nothing more than a little afternoon snooze, then why not create their very own cozy and private space where they can relax, rest and recuperate.
A teepee is the ideal shape and size for a cat or small to medium-sized dog, although you can always make a larger one if you have a big animal.
All you need is some weather resistant fabric (your pet may want to enjoy their new napping area in the garden), three bamboo poles or strong sticks if you have any lying around, and an old blanket plus a few cushions for additional comfort.
Homemade healthy dog chews
Dogs just love to chew. Some would do it all day long if they had the opportunity. However, unless you want your favorite pair of shoes to become their next chew toy or you want to spend a fortune bulk buying branded varieties, it can be a good idea to learn how to make your own.
Simply take a sweet potato, or two, and thinly slice into strips. Then place on a baking tray lined with parchment and bake for 3 hours at 250 degrees, turning them over halfway through the cooking process. Leave to cool and then store in an airtight container in the fridge – if they last that long.
DIY dog shampoo
Dog shampoos can be expensive, not to mention full of nasty chemicals that you may prefer not to pour all over your beloved pooch’s head. So, why not just make your own more natural and environmentally friendly version?
All you need are the following items:
- 2 cups of warm water
- ¼ cup of dish soap
- ½ cup of white vinegar
Simply combine all of the above ingredients, add to a spray bottle and you are good to go.
Alternatively, you could treat your dog to a grooming service at Heart and Paw veterinary which has its own team of stylists who can’t wait to get their hands on your pet.
No-sew blingtastic collars
If you want your pet to stand out from the crowd and look stylish as well as cute, then you may have considered buying them a jewel-encrusted collar. However, these can be very expensive, and you run the risk of another animal having the same design as yours – not what you want if you are trying to be unique.
Fortunately, you have the option of making your own glam and glitzy collar for your pet. Simply purchase a plain, run of the mill collar and then, using hot glue, decorate it with whatever ribbons, jewels or glitter that takes your fancy.