National Craft for Your Local Shelter Day

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    National Craft for Your Local Shelter Day

    Hi everyone! My name is Leah and I am here at Dog.com. July 21st is National Craft for Your Local Shelter Day, which calls for the perfect opportunity to make some simple and easy crafts and projects that local shelters can accept as donations for their shelter. Local shelters do so much for animals, people, and their local communities. What better way to give back and thank them for all the hard work that they do than by making some DIY crafts and projects for them to put to good use.

    Erika Lindquist, from Sew Doggy Style, came up with this creative idea and said, “It is a day set aside to recognize that we can give back to our local shelters in a crafty way.This includes making beds, toys, vests and bandanas that say "adopt me," leashes, and sew much more.What better way to give back to a shelter than the best way you know how - and for us, it's crafting". Whether it is a pet friendly item that an animal can use, or a decorative craft that can be done with children, local shelters are always looking for any sort of donation, and what a better occasion to help them out.


    DIY Pet Toys are simply and easy to make, and can be made with items that are found around the house. A dog rope toy can be made in sixty minutes or less and with only a few materials – three old t-shirts and pair of scissors.

    DIY Pet Toy

    Step 1 – Begin by cutting three strips from each shirt, nine strips total.

    Step 2 – Twist the strips together and tie a knot at the top of all nine strips.

    Step 3 –Separate the strips into three sections of three strips each and braid from the knot down.

    Step 4 – Once the braid is completed near the end of the rope, tie a knot at the end.

    Step 5 (Optional) – Tie off additional knots on each strip on each end of the toy. This will add extra chewing power to your new toy.

    It's no secret that cats cannot resist catnip. A DIY Catnip Toy is super quick and easy to make (only three steps!) and will be irresistible to your feline friends at your local shelter. All you will need for this DIY are infant or child size crew socks, cotton balls or craft stuffing, dried catnip, and non-toxic washable fabric glue.

    DIY Catnip Toy


    Step 1 – Stuff the toe of the sock with one tablespoon dried catnip

    Step 2 – Stuff the foot of the sock with cotton balls or craft stuffing.

    Step 3 – Squeeze fabric glue on the inside of the top of the sock or knot the top

    These DIY projects are so simple and easy and can turn around a shelter animal's day. If you are looking for a simple craft that can be done with a child, keep reading. Craft decorations are a great donation to brighten up the environment at your local shelter. One of the simplest decorations that you can make with a child are paper plate animals. Not only does this project only require a few materials, but your child can make any animal that they please. Some materials that you will need are paper plates, water based paint, white glue, scissors, paint brushes, stick-on eyes, construction paper, markers or crayons, and additional craft supplies if needed.

    Step 1 – Think about what animal you would like to make.

    Step 2 – Make the ears and other specials parts of the animal with a paper plate or construction paper. For example, an elephant's trunk.

    Step 3 - Attach the ears and other special parts that the animal may have to a paper plate. Glue the ears on the top side of the plate and allow for the glue to dry.

    Step 4 - Paint the animal. Place the plate bottom side up with the ears glued at the back.

    Step 5 – Add eyes, and make additional features, such as the nose or the mouth.

    Step 6 – Add additional details that you think your animal may need, such as horns on a giraffe with Popsicle sticks, or fur on a bunny with cotton balls.

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    Hey everyone! Take a minutes to welcome Leah! She is an intern in our marketing department with a lot of love for dogs! So of course she fits in perfect! :) Make sure to give her article a read!

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    So glad to have you onboard! Welcome.