DIY Doggy Fire Hydrant

by Kelly-n-Tony
13 Materials
4 Hours

This was an easy and free project using scrap wood. It would cost around $7 if you needed to buy the wood.

This project was part of my Summer Backyard Refresh Project!

Here it is unpainted. Pepper gives it some side eye looks.

After adopting this cute little dog we weren't prepared and all he had in our yard to raise his leg on was a cinder block. He deserved better so using scrap wood my husband made a fire hydrant for him!

4x4 Blocksof Wood

We had a scrap piece of 4x4 about 30" in length and simply cut 3 square blocks off to attach to the sides and top.

  • one was 3"
  • two at 2"

The base piece on the bottom was another scrap piece of wood and totally optional unless you don't intend to attach to the ground.

Circles out of Squares

With some scrap pine pieces of wood use a compass to draw circles on the square pieces of wood.

  • three that are 5-1/2"
  • two that are 3-1/2"

Rough cut the circles with the bandsaw then smooth them with the disc sander. There will be a 5-1/2" on the top and on both sides. There will also be a 3-1/2" on both sides.

It's like an easy puzzle

From scrap wood you'll want three small 1-12" squares to put on top and both sides.

Using long screws attach your stacks of wood to the 4x4 center post.

Making it pretty

You can use wood filler to fill in the knots and any cracks. I then sanded it smooth and wiped it down.

Paint it!

Fire hydrants are traditionally red or yellow but really any color you have on hand will be fine. I had red paint but for sure your doggo won't be complaining about your choice of color. We gave it several coats to better protect it.

Where will you put it?

I had a corner spot of the yard I wanted to put it so I gathered supplies: landscaping fabric, border, river rock and a shovel.

After laying down the landscaping fabric we dropped some rock to hold it in place. Then put the border in place.

Attaching the fire hydrant

To hold the fire hydrant in place drill a hole into the bottom of the hydrant. Then hammer a metal rod into the ground and slide the hydrant onto it. It's quite secure yet also easily removable.

More rock

After dumping in a bit more rock I smoothed it into place. I didn't want this to be a large space with a lot of rock because we've discovered he's a kicky kind of dog. Rock all over the new grass seed I was laying would not be good.

And done!

And now Pepper has something worthy of his leg raising efforts!

This project cost me nothing since I had all the materials and tools but I've listed everything further below. I would say you would spend less then $10 for the materials.

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  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on Apr 30, 2022

    Really nifty. I like it, but I wonder, will my Jack take to it easily? Will he know it's for him?

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  • Db Db on May 01, 2022

    So cute I have to make it..I also have a jack russel named pepper 😄and he’s a “kicker”too..( must be a russel thing)..I think he would love it!

  • Eva Eva on May 04, 2022

    Congratulations 👏

    this is a very cute project 🐶 🐕️ 🐩

    I love it ❤️

    Thank you for sharing 👍️