Homemade Rope Surprise Ball – Toy for Dogs

When I was MUCH younger I had a ball-of-fluff Shih Tzu named Abernathy. We got him when he was a teeny-tiny little puppy, and he LOVED toys.

Especially chewable toys like this DIY stuffed rope ball toy.

This toy is easy and fun to make and it’s safe for even the most aggressive chewer!

Homemade Rope Surprise Ball - Toy for Dogs

What You Need to Know about Homemade Rope Toys for Dogs

If you’re crafty and decent at making knots, DIY rope toys are some of the easiest types of toys to make for dogs. There are a ton of different types you can make, but they all start with one thing in common – good quality, natural fiber rope.

TIP: The more aggressive the chewer, the tighter you should pull the knots. The toy will last longer for you with the knots pulled tighter. 🙂

What Type of Rope to Use for Dog Toys

When your crafting rope dog toys the most important consideration is the TYPE of rope you’ll use.

Some crafts call for jute and others call for cotton. Either is fine, but you want your material to be 100% natural. There should be no synthetics.

That way if your dog chews it up and ingests it (which is likely over time) then eventually it will simply pass through their system safely.

triple strand rope for dog toys

✔️This is my favorite brand of 100% natural cotton rope for dog toys.
You can find it here.

I personally love having multi colored toys for my pups! It makes me happy to work with such beautiful material and the results are way prettier!

And while dogs don’t see colors the same way that we do, they can still tell the difference between the colors.

Best Rope Toys for Puppies

Puppies can use the same rope toys that adult dogs can use, but it’s even more important to use only natural fibers, because their systems are so delicate.

Another thing to think about is how big the toy is. Your puppy will enjoy it more if they can get their mouth around it.

Instructions: Homemade Rope Surprise Ball – Toy for Dogs

Now it’s time to pick your favorite color rope and give this project a try!


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


Instructions: Homemade Rope Surprise Ball - Toy for Dogs

Using two twist ties, secure the ends of your rope from unraveling. Follow the instructions above for tying it into a monkey’s fist knot. I find the monkey’s fist knot to be challenging, so it might take a couple of tries to get the knot just right. This toy is really just a giant monkey’s fist, but before finishing and tightening the knot at the end, you slip in a dog treat (slip the treat in at step 5).

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I have!

Have fun with your dogs today!

For more DIY Puppy Love, check out Homemade Pooper Scoopers and Cheap and Chic Pet Bed!

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Hi! My name is Heather Hallman. I’m the mother of two beautiful girls and a MAJOR passionate pet parent. I can hardly wait to bring you the BEST resources and information that I've found for our fur-babies.