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12 DIY Dog Leashes You Can Make Today! (With Pictures)

Kristin Hitchcock

By Kristin Hitchcock

dog with a leash

Generally speaking, when you have a dog, you’re going to have a dog leash. Usually, people purchase their dog leashes from a store. However, there are also several ways to make your own dog leash. Some of these can work in a pinch if you suddenly lose your dog leash, while others are suitable as a long-term option.

If you’re looking to make your dog leash, you’ll find plenty of options in this article. Here are the 12 best DIY dog leash plans we can find:

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Top 12 DIY Dog Leash Plans:

1. Paracord DIY Dog Leash

The paracord dog leash is strong enough for many different canines. It is pretty easy to make and requires some time weaving and tying the leash. The directions are in a video format, so they are quite a bit easier to follow than some of the other tutorials out there.

While the resulting leash isn’t exactly beautiful, it is very functional. Plus, it is incredibly inexpensive to make since it only includes paracords and a few other necessary components, like a hook to connect to the dog’s collar.

You can switch up the colors as you see fit.

2. Reflective DIY Dog Leash

If you like to do a lot of night walking, then a reflective leash is a necessary piece of safety equipment. You should also have other reflective gear, of course, such as a reflective dog vest.

Surprisingly, though, reflective dog leashes are quite challenging to find. You may be lucky to find one at your local pet store. For the most part, though, you’ll have to purchase one – or you can make your own using this tutorial. This leash is relatively similar to the last one and is made out of paracord. However, it is reflective as well.

3. Ombre Rope DIY Dog Leash

If you’re looking for a stylish leash, this is it. This tutorial shows you how to make an ombre rope leash with only a few materials and a little skill. You can make the leash in practically any color you want. There are several examples used, such as a black leash and a violet leash.

This leash does take a bit more time than the others and a few extra materials as well. However, once you understand the directions, it is very straightforward to put together.

This leash may be most suitable for smaller dogs who aren’t going to pull very much. Again, it isn’t exactly built for practicality, though it will work for small-sized dogs.

4. Leather DIY Dog Leash

If you’re looking for a sleek and elegant leather leash, this is the one to make. It is made with leather of some sort, though fake leather can work just as well as real leather. You will need a few pieces of specialized equipment to work with the leather. However, this should not be expensive to purchase, and you’ll get to use the tools on other projects as well.

This DIY dog leash is both practical and very modern. The tutorial takes you through a few steps that aren’t strictly necessary, but they do make the leash look better in the end. You can adjust the thickness of this leash to handle larger dogs. However, the design may be unable to handle giant dogs, so you may want to look elsewhere if you have a Mastiff that likes to pull.

5. Braided Rope DIY Dog Leash

This leash uses ropes that are braided to create a dog leash. Out of all the dog leashes on this list, this is probably one of the easiest. However, it also takes the most time. After all, you have to braid the rope together!

You won’t need any specialized tools, though you will need access to a hot glue gun and some scissors. This leash will be as strong as the size of the rope that you use. Potentially, it can hold giant dogs, especially since the braided design makes it incredibly sturdy. However, the hook for the dog collar has the potential to be a weak point, as it isn’t attached to the rest of the leash by much.

6. Sew DIY Dog Leash

While many DIY dog leashes include rope or paracord, you can also sew it if you have access to the skill to do so. If you know how to sew, this is probably one of the easier options. Of course, the customization options are endless since you get to pick what materials you wish to use.

If you don’t know how to sew, you may need to look elsewhere for a different DIY dog leash. Of course, it is never too late to learn how to sew. It’s a skill that you can use for tons of different projects, including this one!

7. Another Braided Rope DIY Dog Leash

This is another braided rope dog leash that is slightly different. There is more aesthetic flair to this project than the last one, so it will take a bit more time and patience. All the materials are relatively simple to find, and you won’t need any special equipment. Most of your time making this leash will involve you braiding each rope. However, you should also plan on spending quite a bit of time on the accents – unless you decide to leave them out.

In the end, this is a beautiful DIY dog leash that should be suitable for most dog owners.

8. The Quilt-Scraps DIY Dog Leash

If you like quilting, you can now turn all your quilt scraps into a dog leash. (We know that you won’t be doing anything else with them!)

If you already know how to make a quilt, then making this dog leash is extremely simple. It involves sewing all your quilt scraps together into a fortified leash. You can make the leash thicker if you have a larger dog, though the size given is appropriate for smaller dogs and medium-sized dogs that don’t pull.

Of course, this leash can be customized to look however you want since the quilt scraps used are entirely up to you. It is recommended to use the same pattern throughout, though you can mix-and-match if you want to.

9. DIY Climbing Rope Dog Leash

If you’re in a pinch, this is the easiest dog leash you can make. It is made out of a simple climbing rope and requires only a few minutes to make. You won’t need any special skills or equipment. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is tie a knot.

While most people don’t have climbing rope laying around, you can pick some up from a local store for very inexpensive. However, we don’t recommend using this rope in the long-term, as it may cause your hand to blister if your dog pulls a lot.

On the bright side, this leash is reliable and suitable for larger dogs.

10. A Scrappy DIY Pet Leash

If you have many extra fabric pieces lying around, you can sew them all into a suitable pet leash. Unlike most other projects in this article, this one assumes you’re using many small pieces. It also assumes you know how to sew since there must be a reason you have all of these scrapes in the first place.

If you don’t have many scraps or don’t know how to sew, there probably isn’t any reason to make this dog leash in particular. Choose one of the other ones on this list instead.

Because it is made of fabric, this leash likely isn’t the most practical. It isn’t weather-resistant and can’t hold powerful dogs. However, if you’re looking for a small, fashionable leash, this is a reliable option.

11. Tetra Climbing Rope DIY Dog Leash

You can make a pretty quick and easy DIY dog leash with some tetra rope. This is a very quick and easy DIY leash, especially compared to some of the other options available. It doesn’t require very much skill to make either. The result is a stylish and robust leash. This leash is so aesthetically pleasing that it almost looks professionally made.

12. Wedding DIY Dog Leash

These decorative dog leashes are perfect for weddings and other festive occasions. They’re a bit more complicated than many of the other dog leashes here, as they have quite a bit of artistic flair. However, they are pretty easy to do and don’t require any special skills.

You can make this custom leash match your wedding décor as well, so you really can’t beat it if your dog is helping walk you down the aisle.

Featured Image Credit: Brady Wakely, Unsplash

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