Monday, May 21, 2012

Cheap Dog Toy

Here's something I whipped up for Molly last week when she was driving me nuts (I was super busy and she was clearly bored). She loves new toys but, unfortunately, dog toys are so EXPENSIVE which I think is ridiculous, because she rips them to shreds and then tires of them a few days later. What a waste!

This is my upcycled version, using one of her favourite tennis balls and an old sock that lost its elasticity during the winter. I slipped the ball into the sock and nestled it into the hell of the sock. Then I tied two knots either side to keep the ball in place. It bounces when we throw it, it's a great tug-o-war toy and I have the other sock to slip the tennis ball into when she finally rips this one apart.

It's similar to the sweater sleeve + soda bottle toy I made a while ago (which she still adores). Any old clothing that the thrift store refuses or throws into land fill could be reused this way.

Basically, she loves old clothing tied around something hard. I could just shove any of her preexisting hard chew toys into a sock and wait a few days for her to fish it out.

What else could I shove into a sock/ sweater sleeve? I'd love your opinions/ feedback!!!


  1. Great ideas! I also tie 3 or 4 small treats in a sock - slip one in, tie a knot, another one, tie a knot, etc. Sophie loves it!

  2. Just been looking for toys for my dog who is doing agility training and he either gets bored with them or rips them to shreds. Just stumbled across your page and think these ideas a fab! Will cancel the £15 ball on a rope with a bit of sheepskin and make him a "sock toy"!! Great thanks for the ideas

  3. When making my homemade toys I always toss in a squeaker. It completes any toy. Haha

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