Home
Browsing articles in crafts
Dog's Life: DIY
Knitted Dogs
Crafts
Immortalize your pup in yarn by following the patterns in Knit Your Own Dog by Sally Muir and Joanna Osbourne. Using just simple knit, purl and loopy stitches, capture a Bulldog’s wrinkles, a Poodle’s curls or an Afghan’s flowing mane— 25 breeds in all. Download the pattern below to try your knitter’s hand at the Jack Russell Terrier pattern.
Dog's Life: DIY
DIY Dog Leashes
With a little attention, an old leash can bloom
Updated Leashes
Spring is the perfect time to get a new “leash”on life, and it is time for me to move on from the grief of losing my dog, Eloise, who was so often the inspiration for these projects and articles. What kind of “new leash”do I want for myself? Perhaps one that I can depend on so that I can depend on myself. I also want a leash for my new dog, Pippi; I want to train her so that she can be off the...
Dog's Life: DIY
Papier-Mâché Dogs
A fun project for the whole family.
Making the Dog Shape Lay two sheets of newspaper flat on the table, one on top of the other. Scrunch up three balls of newspaper and line them up on top of the flat newspaper sheets. Then roll the flat sheets around the balls, forming a tube shape, and tape the tube together with masking tape Body Bend the tube into an L shape to form the head and neck. Use masking tape to tape the bend in...
Blog: Guest Posts
DIY Upcycled Dog Bed
Give your old moth-eaten sweaters a second life!
Dog and cat beds can be very expensive at your local pet boutique, and they tend to look either too generic or too froufrou for my taste. My Chihuahua, Gertie, needed a new one, and I wanted something simple and handmade that wouldn’t break the bank. So I looked around at the raw materials I had available, and my endless stash of thrifted wool sweaters called out to me. Perfect!   Here’s how to...
Dog's Life: DIY
Craft a Pebble Dog!
Lovable companions crafted from pebbles and paper.
Pebble Pets
Henry  You will need: • five A5 (21 x 15cm/8¼ x 5¾in) rectangles of handmade paper: one each in black, dark brown, pink, reddish-brown and white for the body, collar, ears, head, nose and tail • two A5 (21 x 15cm/8¼ x 5¾in) rectangles of craft paper: one each in black and white for the ears and eyes • one 3cm (11/8in) length of 24-gauge white covered florists’ wire for the tail • one pink...
Dog's Life: DIY
Wrap It Up
While dogs would be happy to have their gift treats piled on the floor in front of them, their human companions will appreciate a more thoughtful presentation. This year, try the traditional Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric squares—furoshiki—as an attractive and functional way to reduce paper waste. Not only is this an eco-sensitive option, the fabric can be put to other uses, doubling...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Weekend Recycling Fun
Turn your unwanted t-shirts into tug toys.
Last weekend I was cleaning out my closets and quickly created a pile of t-shirts that I didn’t need. Over the years I’ve collected my fair share of wearable memorabilia from college events, walk-a-thons, and vacations. Before I brought the clothes to the Salvation Army, I wondered if there was anything crafty that I could do with the shirts. Inspired by Genuine Dog Gear’s Jersey Tugmaster, I...
Dog's Life: Halloween Central
Howl-o-ween
Pumpkin carving fun for both canines and their humans.
This weekend I went pumpkin-picking to get in the Halloween mood. Unfortunately, dogs weren’t allowed at the pumpkin patch, but my pups will get to help carve by cleaning the tasty pumpkin insides, which also doubles as a healthy treat. This year, while looking for carving tips, I found patterns for dog lovers.  Inspired by the American Kennel Club’s list of top breeds, Better Homes and Gardens...
Dog's Life: Halloween Central
Dog-o-Lanterns
How to sculpt a special Halloween pumpkin
When Halloween rolls around, you don’t have to be an artist— or even think you’re particularly creative—to feel the pull of the pumpkin. The pumpkin reminds us of our childhood, of times when the whole family gave it their best shot. We knew that if our pumpkins weren’t perfect, they would rot and that would be the end of the embarrassment. And this is true today, my friends. Pumpkins still rot....
Dog's Life: DIY
Handmade Window Books
The countdown to the holidays begins—celebrate the season (and astonish your friends!) by creating your own limited editions. With an assortment of paper and pictures and a couple of tools, you can make an instant book—or a dozen instant books, since they’re one-sided and, thanks to copy machines, easy to duplicate. This version, with its Advent calendar–like windows, lends itself to all sorts of...

Pages