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10 Perfect Projects for the D.I.Y. Pet Parent

January 21, 2014 by Tails Magazine in Featured, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

If you’re the type of person who enjoys getting crafty, you’ll love these pet-friendly projects. Here are our top picks for making everything from homemade dog shampoo to building custom beds:

1. No-sew pet bed from Pretty Fluffy

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Image: Sarah Dickerson / Chic Sprinkles

The team at Pretty Fluffy has put together an easy-to-follow tutorial that even the most inexperienced of crafters can do. Best of all: You don’t need to know how to work a sewing machine (or even a needle and thread) to put together this comfy bed for your pet. Instructions.

2. Sparkly catnip toy from Design Love Fest

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Image: Natalie Shriver

All it takes is 40 minutes to make this cute catnip toy. Get extra creative with fun add-ons (like pom poms, ribbons, bells, etc.). Instructions.

3. Geometric doghouse from HomeMade Modern

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Image: HomeMade-Modern.com

Okay, so this awesome dog bed may not be the best choice for newbie crafters, but if you’ve got some experience with woodworking you should definitely take a stab. Not only is this an excellent little home for your furry friend, it’s practically a piece of art. Instructions.

4. Heart-shaped birdseed treats from Pink Stripey Socks

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Image: Pink Stripey Socks

Whether you’d like to put something sweet in your bird’s cage or just spoil the birds that hang out in your backyard, these birdseed treats are easy to make and pretty to look at. Instructions.

5. Mud puppy mittens by Oscar Ate My Muffin

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Image: Natalya Zahn

All you need is a dish towel, a ribbon, and a few tools to put together this cute and convenient paw mitten. Perfect for wiping off muddy paws after playing outside. Instructions.

6. Kitty corner cat play house from Lowe’s

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Image: Lowe’s

What kitty wouldn’t love hanging out in this modern playhouse? You can get all the materials you need from the hardware store for pretty cheap, and believe it or not, it’s even beginner-friendly. Instructions.

7. Natural dog shampoo from Gimme Some Style

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Image: Gimme Some Style

A safe and effective dog shampoo made from natural ingredients. Add a few drops of essential oils if you’d like it scented (lavender, lemongrass, or spearmint are all safe for your pooch). Instructions.

8. Two-ingredient dog treats from Curbly

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Image: Curbly

Now this is a dog treat recipe you’ll want to hold onto. Only two ingredients and deliciously customizable, it’s a stand-by for the dog parent who loves to bake. Instructions.

9. Pet id tags from Martha Stewart

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Image: Johnny Miller

Could these custom id tags be any cuter? Tutorial comes complete with a downloadable template so you can make your designs look as great as the ones in the photo. Instructions.

10. Interactive kitty feeders from Purina One

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Image: Purina One

We love this list of easy to make enrichment feeding toys from Purina One. They’re a great way to keep your kitty occupied and exercise her mental energy at the same time. Instructions.

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