DIY Pet Projects: - Woofy and Whiskers

DIY Pet Projects:

Fun and Easy Ideas to Spoil Your Furry Friend


Canberra pet parents, are you getting a little crafty? Sometimes, the best way to show your pet how much you love them is to create something special just for them. 

DIY pet projects are not only rewarding for you but result in a one-of-a-kind treasure your furry friend will adore. Plus, it's a great way to upcycle items around your home, saving you money on those pet supplies, Canberra!

Here are some simple and budget-friendly projects to get your creative juices flowing. Figure out what general dog and cat supplies plus tools you’ll need to get these made.  

  • The No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Toy

  • What You'll Need…

  • T-Shirt
  • Scissors
  • Instructions

  • Cut your t-shirt into long strips of fabric. The thicker the strips, the more durable the toy!
  • Take three strips and tie a knot at one end.
  • Braid the strips together, leaving a small section unbraided at the bottom. Tie another knot.
  • Get ready for a super fun game of tug-of-war!

  • Perfect for Playful pups of all sizes. 

    Adjust the size of the t-shirt to suit your dog.

  • Cosy Upcycled Sweater Cat Bed

  • What You'll Need…

  • An old sweater
  • Pillow 
  • Stuffing (or old blankets/towels)
  • Needle and Thread
  • Instructions

  • Sew up the neck opening of the sweater.
  • Stuff the sweater with your chosen filling.
  • Make sure it's plump and comfy for your kitty.
  • Sew up the bottom of the sweater.

  • (Optional) You can sew the sleeves together to form a snuggly little border for your cat to rest their head on.

    Perfect for Snuggle-loving cats looking for a warm, secure spot to nap.

  • Simple Hanging Bird Feeder

  • What You'll Need

  • A Pinecone
  • Peanut Butter (make sure it's xylitol-free!)
  • Birdseed
  • String
  • Instructions

  • Slather the pinecone generously with peanut butter.
  • Roll the pinecone in birdseed until well-coated.
  • Tie a string to the top of the pinecone and hang it securely outside in a spot visible from your window. 

  • Watch the feathered visitors enjoy!

    Perfect for Pet parents who want to encourage wildlife and give their indoor pets (especially cats) some exciting natural entertainment.

  • Customisable Pet Food Station

  • What You'll Need

  • A Small Wooden Table
  • Or a Sturdy Box
  • Bowls
  • Paint
  • And Decorations
  • Instructions

  • Find a small table or box that can comfortably hold your pet's food and water bowls. 
  • Paint the table or box in a colour that complements your home decor, or go wild with a vibrant palette. 
  • Once the paint is dry, decorate it with stencils, stickers, or even your pet's name for a personal touch.
  • Place the bowls in the designated spots, and voilà, you have a chic dining area for your furry friend!

  • Perfect for Pets who deserve their special dining area. It's also a great way to keep feeding areas tidy and organised.

  • Interactive Pet Puzzle

  • What You'll Need

  • A Muffin Tin
  • Tennis Balls
  • Treats
  • Instructions

  • Place treats in some of the muffin tin compartments.
  • Cover all compartments with tennis balls.
  • Encourage your pet to sniff and move the balls to find the hidden treats.

  • Perfect for Dogs and cats who enjoy a mental challenge. This puzzle stimulates their brain and rewards them with tasty treats.

  • Stylish Pet Bandanas

  • What You'll Need 

  • Fabric Scraps
  • Scissors
  • A Sewing Machine
  • A needle and Thread
  • Instructions

  • Cut the fabric into a large triangle that will fit around your pet's neck.
  • Hem the edges for a finished look.
  • Tie the bandana around your pet's neck, making sure it's snug but comfortable.

  • Perfect for adding a dash of style to your collection of dog clothes and accessories. 

    Choose seasonal fabrics for festive looks or durable materials for everyday wear.

    Pet-Safe Play Dough

    What You'll Need

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Food Colouring.
  • Instructions

  • Mix equal parts flour and salt, then add enough water to form a dough.
  • Divide the dough and add a few drops of pet-safe food colouring to each portion.
  • Let your pet play under supervision or use the dough to create imprints of their paws.

  • Perfect for a fun sensory experience for pets and a keepsake for pet parents.

    Upcycled Pet Blanket

    What You'll Need

  • Old T-shirts or Blankets
  • Scissors
  • A Crochet Hook
  • Or Knitting Needles
  • Instructions

  • Cut the fabric into long strips.
  • Use the strips as 'yarn' to crochet or knit a cozy blanket.
  • The result is a soft, washable, and sentimental spot for your pet to relax.

  • Perfect for Pets who love to snuggle and pet parents who want to cherish memories.

    There are also plenty of games you can browse, which can include treat dispensing dog toys, for example, as a treat for getting brain games or puzzles right; the ideas are limitless. 


    DIY projects are a fantastic way to bond with your pet and add a unique, loving touch to their lives. Get creative, have fun, and spoil those furry companions! If you need extra materials, don't forget your local pet supplies, Canberra stocks plenty of dog and cat supplies. And last but not LEAST. Share your creations: Tag Woofy and Whiskers on social media – we love to see your crafty projects!

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