How to Cheaply & Easily Make a DIY Fire Hydrant For Your Doggy

by Kelly-n-Tony
13 Materials
4 Hours

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

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 DIY doggy fire hydrant for him!

This project was part of my Summer Backyard Refresh Project!

Pepper and the DIY fire hydrant

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

Cutting the wood blocks

1. Cut the wood blocks

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" and two were 2".

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

Cutting discs

2. Cut circles

With some scrap pine pieces of wood, use a compass to draw circles on the square pieces of wood. You need three that are 5½" and two that are 3½".

Rough-cut the circles with the bandsaw then smooth them with the disc sander. There will be a 5½" on the top and on both sides. There will also be a 3½" on both sides.

Assembling the DIY fire hydrant

3. Assemble the fire hydrant

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.

Using wood filler and sanding

4. Use wood filler & sand

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

Painting the doggy fire hydrant red

5. Paint

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.

Landscaping the area where the fire hydrant will go

6. Landscape

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 rocks to hold it in place. Then put the border in place.

Inserting the DIY fire hydrant

7. Insert the DIY 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.

Adding rock around the DIY fire hydrant

8. Finishing touches

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.

DIY fire hydrant

DIY fire hydrant

Now Pepper has something worthy of his leg-raising efforts!

This DIY fire hydrant 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 than $10 on the materials.

Let me know what you think of Pepper's doggy fire hydrant in the comment section below.

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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?

  • Marlene mercatante Marlene mercatante on May 13, 2024

    This is so cute and ingenious! Does he love it? Did you have to teach him to maybe "only" go in that spot? If so was it it hard to train him to go potty there? I have two girls I wounder if they might like something like this? Uhmmmm Although I don't think they really lift the leg but more of a kinda squat. But to get em to go in one place when they are in the yard would be really nice. And I'm sure the grass would be happy and say many thank yous lol🙂

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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 👍️