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Hey there lovelies! Hope this weekend left you rested and prepared for the week–I spent mine getting used to my new phone (thanks hubby for the fab birthday present) and working on a fun craft for the Duke-ster.
Remember waaaay back when I wrote this post and talked about all the ways life changes after you add a pet to the family? Well, I forgot to add that sometimes you’ll get the urge to spend beaucoup bucks on your fur-child because he’s the greatest fur-child in the world. And then your husband will give you the face and you’ll decide DIY-ing is your best option. At least that’s how the idea for this DIY ombre dog leash got started.
After a little research, I found out there are a ton of ways you can make your own dog leash–you can simply use a thick cotton rope or you can do what I did and use 550-cord (or paracord) to braid a rope. It’s a bit more work to use the braided 550-cord option but it makes your leash a bit sturdier and it’s actually kind of fun once you get the hang of it.
To create your own ombre dog leash, here’s what you’ll need:
- about 6 to 8 feet of 550 or parachute cord in white
- 6 inches of 550 or smaller utility cord
- (1) Snap Hook
- Lighter (I prefer something like a candle lighter because it’s safer to use)
- Large pot or plastic container
- Fabric Dye in your color of choice
- Needle and thread
– First off, you’ll have to decide how long you want your finished dog leash. I wanted mine to be about 5 feet long so I cut two pieces of 550-cord–each piece about 9-10 feet in length. I folded both my pieces in half and followed the first part of this Youtube tutorial to start my 4-strand braid. (This is also the type of braid you use for things like macrame bracelets so if you know how to do that, you’re halfway there!)
– I braided and braided and–you get the picture, until I had about a foot and a half of braid. This was going to be the handle for my leash. I used the second part of the video tutorial above to help me form the handle using a knitting needle to thread the working end of my cord through the loop where I started. That part sounds confusing but I promise it’s not! Once the loop of my handle was formed, I tied two simple knots to secure everything.
– Once I had the knots in place, I started braiding again. Yep, I warned you guys this was a little tedious. It took me about an hour and half to braid the length I wanted and I found it went faster if I had something else to occupy me. Such as a few episodes of Gilmore Girls or the first half of a football game. Sooner or later, you’ll get to the end of your cord. When you do, carefully use a lighter to melt the ends of your cord and fuse them together.
– Now it’s time for the fun part–dip dying! Soak your rope in some warm water. In the meantime, prepare your dye according to the instructions on the bottle. You don’t need very much! For an ombre effect, quickly dip and remove your rope from the dye. Then, re-dip at different heights until you’re happy with the gradation. Once you’re satisfied with the look of your rope, remove the rope and hang it up outside to dry. Allow the rope to dry completely.
– Your rope is dry and it’s ready for the snap hook to be attached. Feed the end of the rope (where you fused the cords together) through the ring then fold the rope over, creating a small loop. I used fishing line to tie 3 or four constrictor knots around the loop to keep it in place (I also sewed the loop together using a simple hem stitch for added protection). Then tied a simple wrapping knot (also from macrame) around the loop to cover up the stitching & knots. Here’s a look at the finished product.
Isn’t it super stylish!! The only thing left to do was take Duke’s new dog leash out for a spin!
There are two things that Duke absolutely adores–treats and spending time with his dad, especially after Zach’s been gone for awhile. With that in mind, I picked up a little something extra for him–special treats from Purina Beyond Snacks–to take with us on our first excursion with his new puppy leash.
For me, keeping Duke healthy is a major priority and healthy snacks are a huge part of a healthy pup. Very soon after we adopted him, we discovered that Duke has a sensitive stomach so finding a treat that he enjoys can be hard. These totally hit it out of the park!
I love that Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets are grain free–without corn, wheat or soy–and that they’re crafted in small batches right here in the US (Arkansas, to be exact). Knowing that I’m feeding Duke all-natural real chicken, without any poultry by-product meal, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, makes me feel more at ease about his overall health.
The minute we opened the bag, Duke pretty much fell in love!
If you head to Target now through October 31, you can use the Cartwheel app to receive 10% off the Purina Beyond snacks! And don’t forget to bring them along on your next walk!
Have you ever made a DIY craft for your pet?
How would Purina Beyond Snacks fit into your pup’s daily routine?