Handmade Rope Dog Leashes
Have you noticed the latest craze in dog leashes? It seems that every dog gear supplier I admire has put their own touch on the right-now rope lead trend that I have literally been drooling over. Although some are more wallet friendly than others, the average price to get your paws on one of these leashes is roughly $50. Needless to say, that is not in the budget, especially since I have two dogs to spoil.
First, I gathered up my inspiration. Next, I gathered my supplies. Some of the items I already had on hand from previous projects, but I’ll reference where I purchased them anyway.
Knot & Rope – I spent .37 cents per foot for ½ inch 100% cotton rope.
Tandy Leather – I shopped the scrap bin, which is weighed by the pound, at my local store. For $14 I walked out ½ a pound of leather (which was more than enough for this project), a leather punch tool + pack of needles.
Home Depot – Clamps, snap clips, and welded rings are available in an assortment of sizes and finishes for $2 to $4 each. Bonus: take your dog with you when you shop here - they’re allowed!
Michael’s – Embroidery floss in every color of the rainbow was 3 for $1.
Joann’s – Fabric dye was on sale for $3.19 per bottle.
Other items that came in handy were duct tape, scissors, a hammer, a ruler, rubber gloves, stainless steel tongs + a pot to dye the rope in.
The process of making my own rope lead for a fraction of the cost was quite simple + it was really fun to get creative with it! I customized each lead to my preference by choosing the length and dye color. Three leashes I made at a standard 4 feet, but made them all unique by dying them either a solid color, a two-tone ombre, or by leaving the rope completely natural. Another leash I made is a hands-free version for when I attend festivals, the farmer’s market, or do any other kind of shopping with a dog in tow + need my hands for things other than holding a bunch of slack. Pictured below are the four leash variations I made (also, check out that awesome concrete acid stain job that Patrick did on our patio).
Happy leash making!