In a world where every dog is unique, why settle for generic accessories? Whether it’s a warm, comfy blankie with your pup’s name on it or a jewelled collar that can give Gucci a run for their money, it’s never a bad idea to elevate your canine companion’s style game with a touch of personality.
Break out those sewing kits and awaken your inner crafter with these DIY customised accessories for your dog. It’s a wonderful way to let your furry friend make their mark on the world!
Let your dog strut their stuff with these customised wearables that scream personality! From unique collars to funky bandanas, read on to find out how you can give your pup a real fashion upgrade.
Dog identification tag: Your dog’s ID should have your pup’s name, your own name and phone number, along with your other contact information. But because it’s so important doesn’t have to mean you can’t get creative with it!
You’re likely familiar with dog collar tags—the ones made of metal. Those are pretty durable. But you can also make your own tags using resin! You can carve out the details on your own for that homemade charm.
Collar, leash, harness: For this project, you’ll need nylon or polyester web, fabric, a D-ring, and a Parachute buckle.
Fold your fabric multiple times and wrap it around your nylon or polyester web to make it sturdy. Sew the fabric close. Thread your collar through the D-ring and one half of the Parachute buckle. Fold the extra fabric and sew it down. Repeat with the other side with the other half of the Parachute buckle. Add your new dog ID or a nice charm, like a bell!
Do these steps with longer fabric and web to make your leash or harness. Consider adding padding to your harness so your pup is extra comfortable when you go on walks or when you go out for training.
Bandanas: Transforming a piece of fabric (or even a cute handkerchief you no longer use) into a doggy bandana is a breeze! Make sure the fabric is a suitable size for your dog’s neck—you don’t want your poor pup to choke. It should also preferably be in a square shape.
Fold the fabric in half diagonally to create a triangle, and cut off any excess fabric. At this point, you can go in with any decorations you like. Fabric paint, iron-on patches, embroidery…go wild!
Redefine your dog’s designated area in the house with these cool DIY items. These will definitely make your pup’s lounging experience with a touch of handmade warmth and style!
Blankets: Apart from keeping them warm, blankets can serve as a comforting item for your furry friend. Make it extra special by embroidering their name or any other creative decorations!
Dog crate: Crate training is an important part of your dog’s training. You can think of it as your puppy’s house within your house, where they can go to relax or stay while you’re doing something important.
Because it’s your dog’s own space, try sprucing it up a bit! It can be as simple as putting old blankets, cushions, or padding within the crate itself. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also make an entire dog crate from scratch using plywood and metal bars, and go from there with the decorations.
Dog bed: Just like their crate, your furry friend’s bed is a place they can run to for some well-deserved R&R. Use an old wooden crate or even a clean, unused tire as the base. Get out an old cushion, or make one yourself from scratch using fabrics and foam.
Food bowl: The sound of their food bowl alone is enough to get your dog going crazy. Make it look equally exciting by having their names painted or engraved on the bowl!
Turn playtime into a personalised adventure! It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, either—you can put all these together at home, with items you have lying around.
Toys: Though just about everything at home will look like toys to your dog, it’s best to make a distinction between what they can play with and what they shouldn’t! You can use old fabric scraps, old towels, or old jeans to make a rope toy.
Tote bag: You’ll want a snazzy tote bag for all your dog’s essentials for when you’re on the go. Get sturdy fabric and measure it out to your desired size, then cut two identical rectangles out. Sew the three sides together, leaving the top open. Attach handles or straps to the top edges.
From here, you can use fabric paint, markers, iron-on patches, or embroider a design on your tote bag. You can also have a special design printed on it. It’s both a stylish and eco-conscious accessory!
Homemade treats: Whipping up tasty and wholesome treats for your furry friend is easier than you think! Fruits like bananas and blueberries can be mixed with plain yoghurt and frozen for a quick doggy ice cream. Combine peanut butter and rolled oats for a snack that’s also good for their tummies. Bone appetit!
Print art: Turn your dog’s paw prints into their own paintings! Get some paint (make sure it’s the one non-toxic to dogs), dip your pup’s paws into it, and press it down gently on a piece of paper or a canvas. You can make paw print flowers or make it into your dog’s own signature with their name on it. You can even let your dog tap into their inner Michelangelo and walk around on the canvas with their painted paws!
You’ll find that a little creativity goes a long way in making our best friends’ lives brighter. Whether it’s a stylish wearable, a new addition to their private space, or a playfully crafted item, each project is a testament to the deep bond that you and your dog share.