Super Simple DIY Dog Rope

How to make a rope toy from old tshirts! This was not only easy, but also lasted longer than a store bought rope, which is quite an accomplishment for my aggressive chewers.

Time: ~15 minutes

Materials:
– at least 1 old cotton shirt (2 or 3 would be better for color variety)
– scissors
– rubberbands

Instructions:

1. Gather some old cotton t-shirts. I found that mens’ shirts work better because they are longer. The thicker the shirt, the better, for durability purposes.

2. Cut each shirt lengthwise into 3-4″ wide strips. 3 large mens’ shirts should make at least 4 rope toys.

3. Pick three of the strips and secure them at one end with a rubberband.

4. Braid TIGHTLY down the entire length of the strip, then secure again at the end with another rubberband.

5. Repeat step #4 until you have 3 separate braids.

6. Gather the 3 braids together at one end, making sure to remove the rubberbands. Make a knot with all three ends of the braid. Make sure to pull each separate braid after it has been knotted, to ensure a tight knot.

7. Once your knot is as tight as you can make it, braid the smaller braids together, VERY TIGHTLY.

8. You may want to stop braiding a few inches from the rubberbands, as it will make it easier to tie another knot. Remove the rest of the rubberbands and repeat the knot tying process at this end.

You’re done! Now you won’t be frustrated when your dog destroys their expensive toys in 30 minutes flat.

How to Cut Glass Bottles (Safely!)

How to Cut Glass Bottles…
and make them into glasses, vases, candle holders, etc.

Materials needed:
– clean, empty glass bottle
– yarn (cotton/poly blend is best)
– acetone (nail polish remover)
– a bucket of ice cold water (filling up your sink is easiest)
– a lighter (the long handled ones are safest)
– an oven mitt or something similar

Instructions:

1. Find an empty glass bottle – it’s easier to start off with smaller bottles, such as beer bottles, because the glass is thinner.

2. Make sure you bottle is clean and dry, and the lid is removed.

3. Wrap the yarn around the section of the bottle where you want it to be cut. For smaller bottles, wrap the yarn a minimum of 4-5 times around the bottle, double for thicker bottles.

4. Take the yarn off (keeping the loop intact) and soak in the acetone. I pur a little in a bowl and dip the yarn into the bowl.

5. Then replace the yarn around the bottle, where you want it to be cut. Try to make sure there isn’t extra acetone dripping down the bottle or on your hands.

6. Holding the bottle at one end over the cold water with your oven mitt, light the yarn on fire.

7. Slowly rotate the bottle to get even heat distribution.

8. Once the flame has gone out (about 60 seconds), immediately dunk the bottle into the cold water. The bottle should crack by itself, or you can gently tap it on the side of the sink.

9. If the bottle doesn’t crack on the first try, simply repeat the process, this time wrapping the yarn around a few more times.

10. Carefully remove the yarn, taking care not to cut yourself on the glass edges.

 

11. Using a rough sandpaper, thoroughly sand the edges of the glass.

12. If you sand it well enough, you can use the glass to drink out of, but they also make nice vases, pencil holders, or candle jars. This method is actually pretty safe, even though it seems dangerous! Just don’t be stupid, use common sense.

Have fun!
Original idea: http://thethrillzofhillz.blogspot.com/2011/10/make-something-simple-glass-cutting.html