Who doesn’t want to have a great time with your dog at the park with a fun and new toy? If you are thinking of buying your dog a new toy… Well why not make your own dog toys at home instead?

Following are several DIY dog toys that you can make using an everyday tennis ball!  For example:  A dog tug toy using a sock and a tennis ball. A jingle bell dog ball using a tiny bell and a tennis ball. A dog tug toy using a rope and a tennis ball. The best thing about making your own dog toys is that it’s cheaper than buying them from the store. And your dog will love you for it!  

Here is what you need:

  • 2 t-shirts (the ones without the side seam)  
  • 1 tennis ball  Scissors  
  • Once you have your supplies, take your t-shirts and cut off the bottom hem.

Then cut a strip 10 inches wide out of each t-shirt. I cut mine at 8 inches and found that it was just a little too short. After letting Luna play with it for a few minutes, one side started to pull out a little. Cutting it 10 inches wide should provide enough width to prevent this from pulling out so quickly.

Also, cut one strip one inch wide, this is to tie the t-shirts around the ball.  A 1 inch strip of a gold t-shirt. Next, cut the strips on one side so you have a single strip that lays flat.   Then lay one strip in a straight line and then lay the other strip crosswise across the first strip.  A wide gray t-shirt strip laid across a wide, gold t-shirt strip. Place the tennis ball in the center of the two strips.  A wide gray t-shirt strip laid across a wide, gold t-shirt strip with a tennis ball on top in the middle. Then fold the two strips up around the tennis ball and pull tight.    Then take your one-inch strip and tie it around the large t-shirt strips at the base of the tennis ball. Make sure to get all of the loose t-shirt material under the tie. Tie it tightly with a knot.   Next, cut the wide strips into narrower strips, roughly an inch wide. You can stop here or continue on to the final step.   Finally, take those strips and divide them into groups for braiding. I used six strips in each braid, but you can use as many or as few as you want.

Once you have braided all your strips together and tied knots at the bottom, your DIY tennis ball t-shirt toy is ready to be played with.

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Paramount Pictures Presents In Association with eOne Films and New Republic Pictures A Scholastic Entertainment/Kerner Entertainment Company Production. When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mom (Sienna Guillory) is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big!


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