How To Make Environmentally Friendly DIY Dog Toys

DIY Dog Toys

Dog toys can be expensive, especially since most of the time they just get ripped apart and destroyed within hours of your dog getting them.

So, instead of just handing over your cash to your dog to rip up, why not test your crafting skills with some environmentally friendly DIY dog toys using recycled materials? 

The best part? Not only are these keeping those materials out of landfills, they're also super easy to make!

Environmentally Friendly DIY Dog Toys

Let's face it, our dogs have a big impact on the environment. So, if there's a way to may a big part of their day a little more earth-friendly, I'm all for it. 

I also like the idea that I can throw these together in a matter of minutes.

1. Braided Pull Toy

DIY dog toys

This one’s great for eager chewers. 

What you need:

  • Scissors
  • Old fabric

To make it, cut up the fabric into several long pieces. Group them together at one end and tie them in a tight knot. Break all of the fabric into 3 groups and braid together. At the end, tie another tight knot. That’s it!

[RELATED] You can also make your dog's food more sustainable and earth-friendly. 

2. Ball Throw

DIY dog toys

This one’s perfect for chasers.

What you need:

  • Tennis ball or squeaky ball
  • Old t-shirt
  • Scissors

Cut the t-shirt into three strips: two thicker (6″ x 14″) and one that’s thinner (to tie around the ball). Lay the 2 bigger pieces in an x and place the ball in the center, then wrap the strips up around so the ball is covered. Tie the thin strip tightly around the ball. Cut the fabric tails into thinner strips and braid them tight. 

[RELATED] Make your poop-pick-up routine more earth-friendly too! Find out how here. 

3. Stuffed Socks

DIY Dog Toys

If you’ve got some old socks, this one’s easy. It's probably the easiest of them all!

What you need:

  • Old fabric, old rope, noisy materials
  • An old sock

Ready? Take the fabric, rope and other noise-making materials and put it in the sock. Tie a tight knot at the end.

Told you, super simple.

We're all about doing our part to protect the environment. Next time your dog needs something to beat her boredom, try one of these on for size. They're cheap, easy and great for the earth.


Emily Vey is a research and writing wizard on the Four Leaf Rover team. She’s always working to help dogs live the healthiest lives possible (and helping the earth doesn't hurt either)! She lives in Ontario with her partner-in-crime Ryan, their husky Inuk and German shepherd Indi. Together they enjoy hiking, swimming and all things outdoors!

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