DIY Dog and Bunny Leash Holder

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It’s time for another Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge!! I’ve paired up with an amazing group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly thrift store challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

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Amanda | The Kolb Corner     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Erlene | My Pinterventures

Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo

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I am working on my daughter’s bedroom and decided to make a trip to my local thrift store to see if I could find something I liked. I found a few things that would fit in there, and I also found this piece of wood.

DIY dog and bunny leash holder - A piece of scrap wood · Via www.sweethings.net

I think it was part of a shelf, and I love scrap wood because it can be used for different projects so I bought it too because I had been thinking for a while to make a leash holder for our dog and bunny. No more looking for them around the house!

Here’s a list of what you need to make a leash holder.

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· Wood board
· 2 hooks
· 1 picture hanging mount
· Paint
· Brush
· Silhouette Cameo to design your own
· Stencils (you can find them here)
· Varnish

I started by painting the wood board with some milk paint leftover I had from another project I was working on.

With the first layer it doesn’t look too good, but always the second layer does the magic!

DIY dog and bunny leash holder - A piece of scrap wood and paint · Via www.sweethings.net

While the second layer was drying, I took a dog paw stencil I did some time ago and designed a new one for our bunny.

DIY dog and bunny leash holder - A piece of scrap wood, paint and stencils · Via www.sweethings.net

Then I took an old paint brush and some black acrylic paint, unloaded as much paint as I could in a paper plate and started stenciling. I didn’t secure the stencil because it was small and fast to do, but you can secure it to the wood with some painter’s tape if you want.

DIY dog and bunny leash holder - A piece of scrap wood, paint and stencils · Via www.sweethings.net

When the paw was dry, I did the same with the ears. I had some cabinet pulls from somewhere and decided to use them as hooks. The leashes are thin so the pulls should suffice.

DIY dog and bunny leash holder - A piece of scrap wood, paint, stencils and knobs · Via www.sweethings.net

I varnished them to protect from sun and rain, and hanged our new leash holder in our front door.

DIY dog and bunny leash holder · Via www.sweethings.net It’s nice to have everything in its place and be able to find what we are looking for AT the very moment we are looking for it… which doesn’t happen too frequently in our home.

DIY dog and bunny leash holder · Via www.sweethings.net

DIY dog and bunny leash holder · Via www.sweethings.net

Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!


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19 comments

    • Pili says:

      I know, same here, that’s why we decided it was time to make something for them. Now we get out of the house and take the leashes

  1. Pili says:

    I know, same here, that’s why we decided it was time to make something for them. Now we get out of the house and take the leashes

    • Pili says:

      Yes, I agree it would be a useful handmade Christmas gift! I guess everyone with pets would appreciate it

    • Pili says:

      Thanks so much Katrin! We need organization around here… in fact we don’t need it, it is a must!

  2. JaneEllen says:

    Now why didn’t I think of that? Famous last words huh? What ingenuity making board into leash holder and what a cute one. How sweet you have a bunny also.
    We have five chickens and can leave our cat out in yard with them, never bothers them, is bit afraid of them actually. The chickens like to follow our black lab/border collie around back yard and they play on pallet piles.
    Enjoy lovely Fall weekend

    • Pili says:

      Hi Erlene! In fact we have two bunnies but one of them refuses to walk with a leash, so we only walk the other and the dog.
      Thanks for the suggestion about the picture, I’ll do it

  3. Maureen Reynolds says:

    So cute! And a great idea. I am forever hanging our dogs leashes in different places and having to hunt for them! I have to admit, I had to do a double take at “Dog & Bunny” leashes!!

    • Pili says:

      Maureen, I think all dog owners have to hunt for the leashes! I am so happy now I can’t understand how I lived without this all my life

  4. Keri says:

    Pili, this is too cute!!! What an awesome idea!! Love the cute little stencils on the wood. Now the leashes will never be lost, so smart.

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