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Check out our easy DIY on how to make your own Braided Rope Dog Leash just like this one for your bestie. Soft and colorful, he will stand out from the crowd with your custom creation.
I am so in love with this easy dog leash project. Seriously, I am going to make more, one for all of our family dogs. Originally, I wanted to make a soft rope dog leash that is perfect for a small breed dog like our Benny. (He’s a Shitzhu – Bichon mix.)

This rope leash is the perfect weight and length for our little Ben. With four strands of 3/16″ inch cotton rope, it is also strong enough for a larger dog.

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  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 1
    Step 1

    Assemble all supplies needed for this project.

    For a 6 foot dog leash with a hand loop, you will need a total of 35 feet of clotheline. Cut that length into two equal pieces.

    Secure the bolt to an immovable object (nail, drawer pull, etc) to keep the dog leash steady while braiding.

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 2
    Step 2

    Loop one of the ropes through the swivel eye. Adjust it so there is an even length of rope on both sides.

    Place the second rope evenly with the left side UNDER the 2nd strand and the right side OVER the 3rd strand as shown.

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 3
    Step 3

    Take Strand 1 (far left) and weave it OVER strand 2, UNDER strand 3.

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 4
    Step 4

    Bring the Strand OVER strand 4 and tuck it down.

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 5
    Step 5

    Repeat this process. Tighten the braid slightly after each pass. Once every foot or so, gently stretch out the leash to straighten it. It will have a tendency to twist, but that’s ok, our later steps will fix that.

    If you get mixed up, don’t panic. Just loosen your work and back up to the last spot in the leash where it was right and start again.

    Every few passes, straighten out your rope.

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 6
    Step 6

    To keep the end of the rope from coming undone, place the braid on a flat surface and give it a good amount of waterproof glue.

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 7
    Step 7

    Wrap the glued end in tape to hold the bond. Let dry completely before moving on to the next step.

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pick your favorite color of fabric dye. Follow the dye package instructions to get the best results. We used a dye that called for table salt and boiling water.

    Dye your braided rope dog leash to directions. Once dyed, rinse in cold water, wash on delicate cycle, and let AIR DRY completely before moving on.

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 9
    Step 9

    Once the rope has dried completely, create a simple hand loop by bringing the secured rope end back to the main rope.

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 10
    Step 10

    Apply more waterproof glue all between the two sections of rope, and wrap the bond with two feet of leather cord.

    Tuck the ends of the leather cord into the rope so it is secured by itself and the glue.

    Let dry completely!

  • How to make a pet collar/leash. Dyed + Braided Rope Dog Leash Diy - Step 11
    Step 11

    Enjoy your braided dog leash. When it gets dirty, hand wash or on the delicate cycle with warm water.

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