The holidays are a time for family, inspiration, and creativity. If you’re anything like the Dog People at Rover.com, involving the family pet in festivities is a given. They’ve worked with 12 DIY bloggers to bring you a different daily craft for 12 days, for you to try at home. So deck the paws and count down to a furry Christmas with us!
Who said that homemade Christmas gifts are only for the humans in the family? This year we are super excited to be crafting for our sweet puppy, George.
George loves playing with toys…he especially loves playing with his pull toys. So, I knew that I wanted to make him a pull toy. A few years ago, I made a super simple pull toy for our dog, Arthur. This Christmas wreath pull toy is a little more complicated, super cute and festive. I had to bust out all of my friendship bracelet making skills from my schoolgirl days.
With a few strips of fleece and a repetitive box weave you can make a durable and totally washable toy for your puppy.
Dog Christmas Wreath Pull Toy DIY
1 strip of pink fleece, 3″ x 60″
3 strips of green fleece, 3″ x 60″
scissors or rotary cutter
Begin by cutting out your strips of fleece. I simply used the full width of my fleece to determine the length of the strips.Gather the pieces together and tie a simple knot in the top of the fleece strips. You want about 2″ of fleece above the knot.
Okay, now it’s time to sort the strips of felt. This is going to seem confusing at first. Once you get a few loops done you will be able to do it with your eyes closed. Start by laying one strip up.
Then lay each of the strips to the sides and bottom, creating a cross.
It is important to do this sequence in the correct order…trust me. Fold the top strip down and to the right.
Fold the bottom strip up and to the left.
Now, weave the right strip over and under the other strips. Now you have two strips on the left side. Rest the strip from the right, below the strip that was originally on the left.
Finally, weave the piece on the left over and under the other strip. Now you have a “square” of folded strips and the tails of the fleece pieces make a cross again.
Now it’s time to pull and tighten the woven fleece. Pull on the tails of fleece. At first, pull gently so you don’t unfold the folds.
Pull the fleece tightly. Repeat the steps until you have about 10 inches of box woven fleece. At this point you can choose to skip the wreath shape and simply knot the fleece to make a straight box woven pull toy.
To make the wreath shape you need to untie the original knot that is at the top of the fleece strips. Make an arch and bring the two ends together.
Match up the colours of fleece into pairs, making 4 pairs. Okay, now things get a little crazy. I tied a single knot into the two pieces that are at the back of the wreath…this helped hold the circle together when starting to weave.
Once again, create a cross with the strips of fleece…this time you are working with the pairs.
Follow the exact same box weaving steps. It will seem like the fleece strips aren’t long enough…but as you pull them tight you will see that you have plenty of fleece available. Weave for about 2 inches, to make the pull toy handle.To finish, tie a knot in the end of the strips of fleece. Your wreath is done.
Now for the best part…letting the dog play. The long handle means that you can hold on to the circle or the handle. George certainly love giving the wreath a good pull…unfortunately, I had to take it away after taking a few picture…it has to be wrapped up and put under the tree for George.I can’t wait to make two more for the other dogs in our extended family. All the dogs are going to be having fun this Christmas.
Are you making something for your dog for Christmas?
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