How to Make a DIY “Kong” Toy – 3 Versions w/ Video
When I was a young woman my mom gave me a KitchenAid Mixer that has sat on her counter for years. I remember when SHE got it. I think I was around 10 or 11.
That makes the mixer 34 or 35 years old now.
And I’ve only had to replace TWO parts the entire time. Which is a little bit amazing. Some products are just meant to last.
It’s one of the reasons I like Kong toys.
(Which is funny since this article is about different types DIY Kong Toys – Wubbas & two versions of dispensers )
They’re usually pretty durable.
Sure you pay a bit more for them at the beginning, but then they tend to hold up better than many other other dog toys.
Here’s one my dogs LOVE….. it’s called a Wubba.
In fact, they love them so much they have loved two of them to rags. Any toy made out of soft materials like this is subject to disintegration.
As much as I adore the quality of a Kong toy, I just can’t be replacing these toys so often!
In this article I’m going to show you how to make several different versions of homemade “Kong” toys. Pick your favorite one or make them all!
DIY Kong Toy – How to Make a Dog Tug Toy
One of the best things about this toy is that it’s really inexpensive to make and fun to throw and tug with your dog.
And if they destroy it, you can simply make another 🙂
- 1 Old T-shirt
- 1 Tennis ball
- Lay your T-shirt on a flat surface, and mark off your cuts. You’ll want to make 2 pieces that are about 5-6 inches wide and a thinner strip about 2 inches wide. Once you cut up your T-shirt, you’ll end up with 3 tube-like pieces. Simply snip each of them at one of the ends to make them into long straps.
- Lay the 2 wide strips in the shape of an X, and place the tennis ball in the middle.
- Wrap the ball with all layers, and gather the strips at the bottom of the ball. Take your skinny strip, and tie a tight double knot to secure the fabric-wrapped ball. Now you should have four wide strips hanging from the base of your ball.
- Take 1 of the 4 wide strips, and separate it from the rest. Cut this piece into 3 even sections.
- Braid the 3 newly cut strips until you get near the bottom, and then tie the ends with 1 of the strips. Snip the ends so they’re even. Then repeat steps 5 and 6 with the rest of the remaining strips of cloth.
Thank you to She Knows for these instructions
Video Demonstration: DIY Dog Tug Toy
If you’re having trouble visualizing how to make this toy, this video has a simple to follow demonstration for easy to make DIY wubba toys.
You can substitute a different ball instead of the tennis ball if you’d like. A heavier ball like a raquetball will toss harder and farther – which is really great for herding breads.
The long tail is also perfect for puppies, who love to chew EVERYTHING.
We’re thinking about using something more solid. The bonus? We can reuse the ball when we have to make a new toy!!
DIY Kong Dispenser
I’m going to show you two different ways of making a DIY Kong treat dispenser. One with a water bottle and one with a tennis ball.
DIY Dog Treat Dispenser with Water Bottle
This is a super simple treat dispenser to make.
I personally love making DIY dog toys from water bottles, and I really like this one, because this homemade Kong covers up the holes in the dispensing part of the water bottle in a really smart way so that your dog doesn’t get cut or hurt from this fun toy.
- Plastic bottle with lid
- craft or box cutter
- dog food or small treats
- craft masking tape to decorate the toy
- Open plastic bottle so it’s easier to handle and SAVE the cap.
- Make holes in the plastic bottle with the craft knife that are barely big enough for the food or treats to go through – make bigger holes for an easier toy and smaller holes for a harder toy.
- Make sure there are no plastic pieces left in the water bottle.
- Decorate the bottle with the ribbon tape
- Cover each hole with craft masking tape to get rid of sharp edges.
- Pierce the craft masking tape that’s covering the holes with the end of the scissors.
- Fold the ends of the masking tape into the inside of the bottle.
- Put the food inside the bottle.
- Close the bottle with the saved cap.
Note: This is a really fun project and dogs LOVE it, but some dogs will tear through plastic. Make sure this is a supervised toy.
Where to get the craft masking tape.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me where to get the craft masking tape. I like the craft masking tape found here at Amazon.com. You can also get tape like this at most Michael’s, Hobby Lobby stores, and AC Moore stores.
Tennis Ball Dog Treat Dispenser
Here’s another version of a DIY Kong Dog Toy. This one uses a tennis ball and is about the easiest homemade dog toy I have on the entire site.
- A tennis ball
- Dog treats or food
- A sharp knife
- Using the lines on the ball as a guide cut an opening in the ball that can be easily opened when the ball is squeezed.
- Fill the ball with your dog’s favorite treats.
- Give the ball to your dog.
You may have to show your dog how to get the treats out the first time through, but then they should go to town with it!
Summary: DIY Kong Toys
I really like the Kong brand in general, but sometimes you just want to save money or make a fun homemade project for your dogs.
All three of these DIY Kong toys are inexpensive and easy to make and dogs LOVE them. Have fun!