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Recycled Denim Dog Toy

The Recycled Denim Dog Toy is an easy craft for adults and kids and it will provide hours of fun for your dog. Pet toys, especially for dogs, do not last very long from the wear and tear of their mouths, so using recycled materials is a great way to be eco-friendly. You can use denim from an old pair of jeans or buy a pair for a dollar at a thrift store for this craft. On the plus side, there is no sewing involved for this dog toy, just braiding and knotting.

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting



  • 3 24-inch long strips of recycled denim
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors


  1. Join all three strips together at one end and tape to the work surface. You should have about 4-inches at the point that you begin braiding.

  2. Braid the three strands snugly together. Leave 4-inches at the bottom unbraided.

  3. Cut the center strip in half. Join one half with the left strand and the other half with the right strands. Tie the two double strands into a knot. Tie again and pull it tight.

  4. Repeat this process at the other end of the braid so that it is knotted at both ends.


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What a great idea! It is easy, practical and inexpensive. My black labrador grand-dog would love this. She is so playful and I could make tons of these for her with all the scraps of fabric I have. Thank you for sharing!

Great and practical idea. My daughter has made paracord dog collars, and I could see these as another great project for foster shelter dogs where money is tight. A group could get together and complete quite a few of these off in an evening! Such an easy and incentive way to treat our furry friends, and do good too for less expense. Thanks for sharing!

My 13 year old niece has 2 labs and I have lots of denim scraps, so I printed out this craft and gave it to her with loads of fabric, and she loved it! She cut her strips wider so her braid was thicker and more substantial for big labs.

This is a perfect project for my grand kids. It's good for dexterity training and hand eye coordination. We will make a big one for the boxer but a really small one for the Yorkie. Don't want the chew toy to be bigger than the dog! Thank you for your generosity in sharing this idea.

I taught my grand-niece to braid with this. She was thrilled to give her best friend a present she made, and they love playing with it on the back porch. #BestIdeaEver

This looks so simple and such a great tutorial on this recycled dog toy. I have many grand dogs that love these type of toys to play with and go through so many. It gets to be very expensive to keep buying them. The toys keep them busy while we are away or busy working. Have you made any longer than this? What is the finished length after braided? I will be making lots I hope.


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