Dog Toy Organizer

2 Materials
8 Hours
Dog toys have a way of getting scattered throughout the house just like kids toys do. Make this dog bone basket for yourself to organize your dog toys in when you’re in the mood to tidy up or make it for any dog lover on your gift list; it also makes a great gift basket!

Just about all the materials used to make our dog bone basket are either repurposed from items we had on hand (like the scrap of MDF we used for the base and door pulls we made into basket handles) or came from the dollar store. It’s not only unique, but it’s budget friendly too! I started by drawing out the bone shape on paper. By folding the paper in half and only drawing out half the bone, you’ll get a more even shape once it’s cut out. I taped the paper pattern to a scrap piece of MDF and cut around it with a jigsaw. I rounded the top edges perimeter with sandpaper to smooth the sharp edges and then painted it white.

I marked the holes at ½” increments and about ½” in from the edge. Hubs drilled out the holes with a drill press so I could insert wooden dowels into the holes. Using a drill press is a real time saver and each hole can be drilled to the same depth for consistency. The dowels act as the ‘ribs’ of the basket to support the weaving.
I dabbed one end of each dowel into a bit of glue before inserting them into the holes.
Once all the dowels were glued, I let it dry 24 hours. Then it’s time to start weaving! I combined the dollar store twine with some black yarn I had leftover from a knitting project.
Tie a knot and attach the combined twine and yarn to the middle dowel at one end of the bone. Begin weaving in and out around the entire shape. Before you know it, you'll end up with this:
Head on over to Birdz of a Feather Craft at the link below to get the full tutorial and final reveal of the gift basket.
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Suggested materials:
  • Twine   (Hardware store)
  • Plywood   (Big box store)
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  • Mommom2006 Mommom2006 on Aug 14, 2021

    I love the dog toy basket. Definitely some thing I want to make. What are the measurements for the one that you created? This way I can determineHow big I want to make mine. Please advise thank you. My mommom2006

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  • Nadine Hartman Bourne Nadine Hartman Bourne on Jan 29, 2018
    I love this. put a cushion in it for a small dog bed. A fish shape for cats.

    • Birdz of a Feather Birdz of a Feather on Jan 30, 2018
      Thanks Nadine - that's a great idea! You'd need to modify the structure to be a bit wider and stronger but you definitely got my wheels turning now; I may have to try it out one day :)

  • Dana Dana on Mar 14, 2021

    This is a really great and cool idea. I am always tripping / picking dog toys up . Thank YOU!