Puppy Readiness – Handmade dog toy

by Jen on July 10, 2012 in braiding with kids,craft,dog stuff,dog toy,handmade

braided chew toy
The countdown is moving full steam ahead. Only 11 days until our puppy arrives. It’s amazing how quickly the time has passed by. We started our puppy readiness planning way back in May! Our to-do list is ever growing. Although there are plenty of items on the long list, the item the girls and I couldn’t wait to check off was making our very own dog toy. We are always looking for ways to recycle and this toy fits the bill. We were inspired by this post on Pinterest. Here is how we made our very own t-shirt braid toy.
T-shirt braided dog toy
5 t-shirts
scissors
ruler

1. Flatten t-shirt on the table.

2. Cut two 2″ strips from each t-shirt. 
child cutting t-shirts to make dog toy
3. Cut along the side seam of the t-shirt, creating a strip and trimming it to 20″ in length.
child sorting t-shirt strips for dog toy
4. Repeat with all 5 t-shirts.
5. Pile the strips, keeping them lined up at one end.
6. Tie a knot in one end of the pile.
child knotting t-shirt strips
7. Divide the strips into 3 sections and braid until there is about 5″ remaining at the other end.
child braiding t-shirt strips
8. Tie a knot in the open end and trim.
trimming end of braid of t-shirts
9. Your dog toy is done! 
recycled t-shirt braid dog toy
This was a great activity for the girls to complete on their own. The steps are simple to follow. My eldest daughter, Emm, loved braiding the t-shirt strips. I think we are going to end up with quite the selection of handmade dog toys! If you are looking for a great selection of other handmade dog toys, check out Creative Connections For Kids great post for even more inspiration.  
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Becky July 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Awe, perfect! We will soon be bringing puppy home as well! Thanks for the post and idea :-)

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maggy, red ted art July 17, 2012 at 6:26 am

Oooh perfect! A great way to upcycle old clothes too!

Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

Maggy

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Kimberly Sminkey July 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

This is a great idea! I’m pinning this! So glad you shared at tip toe thru tuesday!
kim

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Multiples Mom July 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

What a great idea! We used to have store bought chew toys that looked similar, though without the beautiful homemade flair. Please come by and link this post to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3, a new weekly arts, crafs and play activities linky. I hope to see you there.

: 0 ) Theresa

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