As sitters, my husband and I get to know a lot of great dogs—and most of them love toys! Play sessions are a big part of our home, so I put together some easy DIY toys you can make with items you already have around the house. The Octopus is the second in a series of three toy projects; check out the first installment here.
The Octopus Homemade Dog Toy
If you pup loves to play fetch or tug-of-war, this is the ideal plaything and it’s so easy to make.
What You Need
- Old T-shirt
- Tennis ball
- Cloth measuring tape
- Cut the top of the T-shirt from the arms up, so that just the torso portion (basically, a tube) is left.
- Cut the hem off at the bottom of the shirt, cut it so that you make one long strip (rather than a circle) and set aside. Then cut the shirt in half; my half was approximately 17 x 14 inches. You’ll only need one side of the shirt to make one octopus toy.
- Cut slits into the shirt all around the edges as pictured to create the straggly ends you’ll braid together. Try to make an even number of stragglers. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Initially I cut in about 2 to 3 inches; you’ll need to cut in a bit more later.
- Put tennis ball in the middle of the T-shirt and wrap fabric around it.
- Tie the hem strip around the fabric to secure the ball in place.
- Cut into the fabric a bit more to make the straggly ends longer, then make braids! Tie a knot at each of the ends. I also extended the ends (or “octopus arms”) by knotting on scraps from the T-shirt hem.
And you’re done!
Photos and words by Jane Yoo. She also blogs at Winding Ridge Lane.