D is for DIY

We’re slowly catching up on the A-Z and today we are completing letter D.

I love a bit of doggy DIY and making things for Riley that are cheap and fun to do. Today I will be showing you how to make a spring hat for your dog perfect for any Spring shows or parades. For more doggy DIYs click here to visit our page.

How to make…. An Easter/Spring hat for your dog
Difficulty…. Easy/Medium#

You will need:

  • A plastic plant pot (with a rim big enough to sit on your dogs head)
  • Green Paint 
  • Paint brush or sponge
  • Green tissue paper
  • Sequins or glitter (what ever colours you fancy)
  • Cardboard
  • Yellow card
  • Pencil or pen
  • Knife
  • String or ribbon
  • Scissors
  • 4 small sheets of green card
  • Scellotape
Grab a plant pot this will be the main section of the hat and you will need a lightweight one that will fit nicely on your dogs head. I got mine from the shed but garden centres will have them. 

Get your cardboard and place your pot in the centre and draw around it and then a bigger ring around that. This will be the rim around the bottom of the hat.

My second ring is not very neat but you could find a larger pot if you would like it more precise.

Here is where a pen knife comes in handy but you can also use scissors to cut the centre out.

Tadah! The pot fits!

Time for the decoration!

Cut two slits on either side of the ring. This will be to thread the ribbon/string through so it stays on your dogs head.

The decoration of the hat is up to you but here is a spring design.
I went for a grassy look, to do this paint your pot and lid green and add tissue paper whilst wet, For my green paint I mixed in some PVA so the tissue would stick better and the hat would have a better texture. Depending on the colour of your pot you may have to do more than one layer of paint for the green to really show.

The finished hat pieces!

Once they have dried simply tape the base to the pot. I used masking tape as it is stronger.

A grassy hat.

Next grab your small sheets of green card and roll them into thin tubes that are about 5cm longer than the length of your pot.

Three more to go!

Cut the ends so they are flat and glue them down and tape the tube to the side. You will need to leave a little bit of your tube sticking up on top. See picture above.

Now for the daffodils get  your yellow card and draw four setts of petals joined together with a hole here the trumpet will do through. See pic above.

Cut rectangles to roll up into tubes and feed through the daffodil. there should be a lot on the other side of the petals as well, as you are going to put that inside the stems/green tubes!

The bottom of this one isn’t long enough.
Once the daffodils are in place drizzle watered down glue on your creation and spinkle sequins or glitter over that to give it that final touch.
Before your dog tries it on thread a ribbon or string trough the slits and see how it fits.

Fitting nicely Riley just need to cut of the end of the string.

….And here are the daffodils!

Finished!
Please comment below if you are going to try this and if you do how it went! Also if you have any other ideas for DIY’s that you’d like to see on the blog comment them!
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