PET PROJECTS - DIY IDEAS FOR YOUR FURBABIES
I’ve put together an awesome collection of fun and frugal DIY pet projects just for you! We all love our furry friends, and many times their “accessories” can be quite costly. These ideas will spark your creativity to “do it yourself” instead of purchasing your next pet accessory. I wonder, what will you make?
Pet Projects - Hideaway Ideas
Side Table Makeover from My Repurposed Life
A beat up thrift store table gets a new chance with a little paint and TLC. With the door on, it’s a great side table that will fit in a small area beside your sofa. Remove the door (or open it) and it’s a great place for your furbaby to get out of the way. So, If you crate trained your dog, he or she is use to being in it’s “den”. Now that they’re older, maybe something like this will be perfect for their new space, and so much more attractive than a metal crate!
If you’re looking to hide a litter box check out Hide Your Cat Litter Box
Make An Adorable DIY Dog Playhouse Out Of A Box from Tatertots and Jello
Here’s a great project to do with the kids! Use an old cardboard box to make a playhouse for your puppy. Jen made it so it could actually fit over the metal crate. Isn't that a great idea? Hop over to see all the detailed instructions so you can make one this weekend!
DIY Cat House from Lily Ardor
Oh, how I love fun pet projects! You’ll never guess what this Cat Teepee is made from!! My Matthew needs one of these, and you know how I love a great repurpose. Seriously, this needs to go on my to-do list pronto.
Do It Yourself Pet Beds
DIY Doll Dog Bed from My Repurposed Life
Using old table legs and a few wood scraps, this pet bed resembles dog beds that are made out of chairs or tables. Making your own pet bed allows you to customize exactly what you’re looking for.
DIY Hanging Window Basket Cat Perch from Hymns & Verses
Doreen didn’t want a cat tree in her bedroom. But wanted Sadie to have her own special place. Your feline friend will love his own perch to watch what’s going on outdoors. My Matthew is an indoor cat and I made he and his Miss Kitty their own window seat years ago. However, since losing kitty, it’s just Matt, and I have a heated pad on his window seat for the cold weather months.
Repurposed Drawer Dog Bed
DIY Drawer Dog Bed from Love Grows Wild
Liz had some dresser drawers she had used under her boys’ beds, but no longer needed them for that. What better use than to make a dog bed for Remy out of one of the drawers? This is a simple DIY that you can add to your home to match your existing decor.
You can also make a pet toy box out of an old drawer!
Upcycled DIY Pet Bed from Sparkles of Sunshine
DIY Easy To Sew Zippered Dog Bed Cover from Sarah Hearts
Has your dog’s bed or cushion become unsightly? Daisy’s had, and Sarah had the perfect plan to refresh that old looking dog bed. She has all the tips you need to make a new cover for your old dog bed.
DIY Cat Hammock from The Merry Thought
Caitlyn made Manda’s “KitKat” the perfect comfy space, up and out of the way. KitKat is one lucky feline to have such a special space of his own. Creative pet projects are not only fun to make, but so much more personal than those purchased at the store.
Make Your Own Pet Projects "Accessories"
DIY Scrappy Pet Leash from Sew Can She
Sewing your own pet leash guarantees that it is one of a kind! Caroline walks you through this pet leash tutorial step by step. Isn’t this SEW fun?
DIY Dog Treat & Leash Holder from Our Handcrafted Life
If you’re a little intimidated with DIY wood projects, Megan has all the directions laid out for you to make this handy organizer for dog treats and a leash! For me, the perfect pet project involves a repurposed item or as in this case, reclaimed wood! Win/win!
Pet Projects for Dinner Time
Pet Food Labels from The Shabby Creek Cottage
Gina will show you how to identify your pet treats in record time. She made these labels in her signature color of course! See how easy it is to make these quick and easy pet food labels.
Simple DIY Dog Bowl Stand Plans from Anika’s DIY Life
This collection of DIY Pet Projects couldn’t be complete without a raised dog bowl stand. Anika knows how important it is to have a raised pet feeder for large dogs. She collaborated with Brittany to bring you this elevated food bowl holder. Brittany has the plans available for FREE on her site so you can make this easy project.
DIY Personalized Pet Food Mat from The Honeycomb Home
Roxanne made her sweet Lois a personalized pet feeding mat. This would make a fabulous gift for your pet loving friends!
Both Lois and Nelson resemble my Miss Kitty and Matt so much! It’s amazing. My Miss Kitty was long haired, and Matthew is short haired. You can see more about me and my four legged family members here.
Cat Tree and scratching post – Make Your Own
DIY Cat Tree Using A Real Tree from By Brittany Goldwyn
Did you know you can make a cat tree using real branches? It's been on Brittany’s to-do list and she finally found the perfect branches to make this diy pet project come to life.
DIY Cat Scratching Post from Dream a Little Bigger
If you’ve had cats, you know they need to scratch! Allison has a good point, why are cat condos make with carpet? Wouldn’t that encourage your cat to sharpen his claws on your carpet and furniture? She had the perfect idea to make her own diy scratching post, and I love it!
DIY Pet Ramp
DIY Indoor Pet Ramp from My Repurposed Life
Why would you need a diy indoor pet ramp? There are so many reasons. This accessory comes in handy if you have an aging pet that shouldn’t be jumping on or off of furniture. After my sweet Louie passed, I kept this ramp and used it for my tiny 2 pound Schnoodle Lulu Mae. It gave her an opportunity to get on and off the couch without a possibility of injury. Nonetheless, she did end up with a bad knee, so even after she was able to jump up on the couch, the ramp was put back in place. You many be familiar with Pet Stairs, but I felt this ramp was a better option for Louie’s hips.
Customized Pet Gate
DIY Free-Standing Pet Gate from 100 Things 2 Do
Large, oversized pet gates can be expensive as Shelly realized when she was shopping for one for her large dogs. She used crib ends to make her own version for less than $20 by purchasing a second hand crib.
DIY Doggie Gate from My Repurposed Life
I too, needed to corral some beasts of my own. I made many versions of this years ago, and they are still in use today. They fold easily and store behind the guest room door, and are easy to grab at a moments notice. Maybe a repairman is coming? No problem, grab 2 gates and Lulu Mae is held at bay from going through either kitchen doorway.
I went a step further and cut out a small doorway in the pet gates. This is Lucy, and when she visits, she can woof up all of Lulu’s food in two bites. With the customized pet gate, Lulu can go through the small opening into my bedroom to eat and sleep undisturbed, while grand dog Lucy is wandering around the rest of the house. Both dogs are free to roam with no problem.
So, there you have it! A great collection of DIY pet projects that you can make yourself. Most are inexpensive and can be done in just a few hours, or on a weekend. I’d love to hear about the projects you’ve made for your furbabies!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.