DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
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Homemade gifts are a great way to add a personal touch to your gift giving this holiday season. If you are looking for a DIY gift idea for a dog owner, this DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash is the perfect Christmas craft to make. The neon twine is bright and fun, but you could also substitute in red and green twine for a more traditional holiday look. You can also change the paint colors to fit with the dog's (or dog owner's) personality. Stylish and simple to create, this DIY dog leash is a great way to include your furry friends in your gift giving this Christmas.
- Leather Strap
- Black Paint
- White Paint
- Neon Twine
- Brass Swivel Ring
- Jewelry Wire
- Leather Crafting Tools (punch and awl)
- G-S Hypo Cement
1. Start by measuring out 6" sections and marking them lightly on the leather. Paint them alternating black and white. Be sure to use a high quality paint so that the color is nice and solid and really pops. When applying the paint use more of a pouncing motion than brushing so that the paint stays on the side of the leather and doesn't get onto the top or bottom.
2. Use a hole punch on its smallest setting to punch a series of 12 holes in 6 rows of 2. You can measure (and probably should), but you can also just eyeball it and mark where to punch by using the awl to poke a small hole.
3. After punching each hole, use the awl to get rid of any remaining leather bits that got stuck. This makes the lacing process much easier.
4. After punching the 12 holes on the end of the leather fold it over to where you want to attach it and use the holes as a guide to mark where to punch the matching holes. On this side fold over about 3 1/2" just enough to leave room for the clasp. On the other side, fold over about 9" to make a larger loop to use as a handle.
5. A note about lacing - it's really helpful to have a something to help thread and pull the twine through the holes. Cut a piece about 32" long and starting on the inside (unfinished side of the leather) thread it through the top two holes to the outside of the leather. The result should be that the center of twine is on the inside of the leather and two equal sized pieces are on the outside. Then switch those to pieces and bring them back through to the inside.
6. Next, bring each piece through the corresponding hole on the other side of the leather.
7. The next step is to make an X by crossing the two sides and threading them to the front side (the side with out the Xs) using the next lower set of holes.
8. On the front side, cross the two sides and then thread them back through the same holes to the back side (the side with the Xs).
9. This is one complete X. Continue by crossing the twine to make an X using the next set of holes and continue down the remainder of the leather. It's much easier if you let the twine + leather stay loose while you're working and then tighten the whole thing up like you would a pair of sneakers when you are finished.
10. At the end, tie a nice tight double knot and then trim the excess twine. Secure using glue - G-S Hypo Cement is perfect for this project because it has a needle thin applicator than can reach into the right place.
11. Repeat the lacing process to make the handle and then you're done! Take it outside and test for doggy approval!
Health Benefits of Dog Walking
It may seem obvious that walking the dog is healthy for your furry best friend and you, but you may not know all the benefits that come along with just keeping your pet in shape. Aside from keeping your pet’s weight controlled, walks also maintain a healthy digestive system. It will also decrease your dog’s destructive behavior if you find little Max or Buddy chewing up your shoes or running around knocking over furniture. Walking your dog more often will release that energy in an outdoor space rather than inside your home. While you may love your dog’s attention-seeking behavior most of the time, it can be distracting during meals or while you’re trying to work. Walking your pet will provide them with extra attention from you and make them feel loved and needed. These are also great ways to bond with your pet. You can’t forget about little fluffy’s mental health! Make this leash craft to give to your dog or a fellow pet lover for Christmas to promote doggy health.
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