15 Easy DIY Chew Toys For Dogs & Puppies

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DIY Chew Toys for Dogs & Puppies: Easy and Budget Friendly

Welcome, fellow dog lovers and parents! If you have been searching for just the right way to get involved in DIY projects for your pooch, then look no further than this collection of 15 Easy DIY Chew Toys For Dogs & Puppies.

There are so many wonderful projects that we can make for our dogs, but few are going to be as practical as the choices that you see here. After all, it’s no secret that puppies and dogs go through a lot of toys, and they can be difficult to replace. So, take the DIY approach instead!

Each DIY dog chew toy that you find below will show you just how simple it is to make something special just for a pooch in your life, and it can even be fun for the whole family.

Since no two dogs are the same, we have 15 options to help you make a variety of projects or to choose the right one for you to make for that particular dog in your life.

The other benefit to every homemade dog toy you see on this list is that they are easy to make and cost effective.

This is a priority for all dog parents, we know, so you can breathe easy as you scroll through the various chew toy options that will introduce you to a whole world of potential for your dog’s entertainment.

Another part of looking at the variety of this DIY dog chew toy list is that you can put some old fabric scraps to work, including sewing ends, t-shirts, towels, and anything else that you want to upcycle to do your part in reducing waste.

If you don’t have a dog in your life, fear not! You can make a homemade dog chew toy and then donate it to a local shelter that is going to be hunting for dog toys much more often than most of us think!

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If you are ready to get started on your family-friendly homemade dog toy, take a few moments to scroll through the full list of options.

Since you deserve to work on projects that inspire you, you’ll want to take a look at each of these to see which one is going to be the most fun for you and also give your dog the fun experience that they deserve!

Even if you have never done a DIY project in your life, these will be beginner-friendly and accessible for anyone who wants to work on them.

This is what makes it such a great, family-friendly project! If you’ve got just the right one for you, click on its link, and you’ll be taken to the designer’s page to get started.

If you have made one of these toys before, why not take a moment to leave a like on the maker’s page?


1. DIY SNUFFLE MAT BALL - Arty Crafty Crew

Learn how to make a DIY snuffle mat ball out of a JW Pet HOLEE Roller dog toy.

Designer: Sparkles and Sunshine
Materials Used:

  • JW Pet HOLEE Roller Dog Toy
  • Felt or an old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Dog food/treats

Format: Written Tutorial


2. DIY Snuffle Ball - Arty Crafty Crew

Stimulate your pet’s senses and keep them mentally active with this DIY snuffle ball. This snuffle ball is the perfect sensory enrichment toy that you can easily make at home.

Designer: All for the Love of Dogs
Materials Used:

  • J1.5 yards / 1.4 metres of fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • A piece of cardboard
  • Marker or fabric pen
  • Thick string and a needle OR 4 zip ties, a lighter and sandpaper
  • Treats or kibble

Format: Written Tutorial

“Indestructible” Dog Toy

3. Indestructible Dog Toy - Arty Crafty Crew

Dog lovers should consider making this simple and safe homemade dog toy using sweet potatoes and rope.

Designer: Shesparticular of Instructables
Materials Used:

  • Hemp or jute rope
  • Sweet potatoes or yams
  • Sheet pan and parchment or foil
  •  Sharp knife
  •  Round cookie cutter a bit larger than the diameter of your rope
  •  Vegetable peeler 

Format: Written Tutorial

Water Bottle Dog Toy

4. Homemade Water Bottle Dog Toy - Arty Crafty Crew

This creative DIY water bottle toy is a great way to keep your dog entertained and engaged. It’s also a helpful way to upcycle old water bottles and reduce waste.

Designer: Andrea of Andrea’s Notebook
Materials Used:

  • Water Bottle Bone Pattern
  • Empty 500mL plastic water bottle
  • Piece of fleece (old sweatshirts work great!)
  • Basic sewing supplies

Format: Written Tutorial

DIY Snuffle Ball

5. DIY Snuffle Ball for Dogs - Arty Crafty Crew

Snuffle balls are a great way to keep your dog entertained and mentally stimulated. These toys can also help to reduce anxiety and boredom. Read the step-by-step guide on how to make your own Snuffle balls.

Designer: Popular Doodle 
Materials Used:

  • 1.5 yards of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Piece of cardboard 
  • Zip ties or string (4 pieces, 8 inches long) 
  • Sandpaper or hot glue gun (if using zip ties) 
  • Xacto knife (optional) 

Format: Written Tutorial

Interactive Dog Toy

6. How to Make an Interactive Dog Toy - Arty Crafty Crew

Keep your dog busy and entertained with this DIY Interactive Dog Toy. This dog toy is a great way to provide your dog with physical and mental stimulation.

Designer: Paris of Dog Tipper
Materials Used:

  • a 3-foot length of 1-1/4-inch PVC pipe
  • 8 1-1/4-inch PVC caps
  • PVC cement (optional)
  • a drill
  • a 1/2-inch drill bit
  • sandpaper
  • a rat-tail file (or you could wrap sandpaper around a screwdriver)
  • a vise (optional)

Format: Written Tutorial

Snuffle Ball Dog Toy

7. DIY Snuffle Ball Dog Toy - Arty Crafty Crew

Create a Snuffle Ball Dog Toy for your furry friend using materials readily available at home. Snuffle Balls are designed to stimulate a dog’s sense of smell and encourage them to search for hidden treats.

Designer: Patti & Hilary of Hound Hugger
Materials Used:

  • 1½ yard of fleece
  • 4 zip cable ties (minimum 8 inches long)
  • A sharp pair of scissors
  • Xacto knife
  • Sandpaper or glue gun
  • Pinking shears (optional)

Format: Written Tutorial

DIY: Dog Tug Toy

8. DIY Dog Tug Toy - Arty Crafty Crew

Make a budget-friendly Dog Tug Toy that combines tug and fetch without sewing by following easy-to-follow instructions. Keep your dog entertained without having to constantly replace their toys.

Designer: Eileen of Yes Missy
Materials Used:

  • An old T-shirt that you don’t mind cutting up
  • A tennis ball
  • A pair of scissors

Format: Written Tutorial

Soft T-Shirt Balls/Toys

9. Soft T-Shirt BallsToys - Arty Crafty Crew

Remake your old t-shirts into Soft T-shirt Balls/Toys that are perfect for indoor playtime with your furry friends. Follow this step-by-step tutorial with pictures to create these toys using materials readily available at home.

Designer: lynner4 of Instructables
Materials Used:

  • Old T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Zip Tie

Format: Written Tutorial

DIY Dog Toys

10. DIY Dog Toys - Arty Crafty Crew

Learn how to make DIY dog toys using simple materials. This tutorial has two toy ideas – a ball toy and a plastic bottle toy – along with step-by-step instructions on how to make them.

Designer: Ammo the Dachshund
Materials Used:

  • Old ball (a tennis ball* works great)
  • About 1/2 yard of Fabric
  • A piece of ribbon
  • Scissors

Format: Written Tutorial

Dog Toys Out Of T-Shirts

#11. How Do You Make Dog Toys Out Of T-Shirts - Arty Crafty Crew

This easy DIY project is perfect for upcycling old t-shirts. By cutting the shirts into strips and braiding them together, you can create a toy that your dog will love.

Designer: Stacie of Bark Post
Materials Used:

  • T-shirts
  • Scissors

Format: Written Tutorial



Treat your furry friend to a special surprise with the Rope Ball Surprise Dog Toy. This toy features a treat hidden inside the rope knot, making it a fun and exciting toy for your pet. Follow the tutorial to create this special toy for your furry friend.

Designer: Heidi of Hands Occupied
Materials Used:

  • 105 inches (8.75 yd) of 1 inch-thick cotton rope
  • scissors or knife
  • dog treats
  • 2 twist ties

Format: Written Tutorial

Denim Dog Toy

13. Denim Dog Toy - Arty Crafty Crew

Create a cool and sturdy Denim Dog Toy without spending a lot of money by upcycling old denim jeans from your closet.

Designer: fsplayah of Instructables
Materials Used:

  • Old Denim Jeans
  • Scissors

Format: Written Tutorial

Safe and Effective Pet Toys

14. Safe and Effective Pet Toys - Arty Crafty Crew

Get inspired to create safe and effective pet toys with this tutorial that features some of your pet’s favorite toys, such as a tennis ball buddy, a water bottle sock puppet, and a wolf stick.

Designer: Patty of Vet Street
Materials Used:

  • Tennis ball
  • Strips of sturdy cloth from a kitchen towel
  • Bath towel or blue jeans

Format: Written Tutorial

No-Stuffing Bunny Dog Toy

15. No-Stuffing Bunny Dog Toy - Arty Crafty Crew

Create a quick and easy DIY toy using a sewing machine and materials such as fabric, felt, thread, and paint. This tutorial includes step-by-step instructions, tips, and suggestions for customizing the toy.

Designer: Vivian of Liagriffith
Materials Used:

  • 1/2 yard Minky Cuddle Fabric
  • Wool/Wool Blend Felt (pink, black, white)
  • Matching Thread
  • White Craft Paint

Format: Written Tutorial

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