Friday, January 22, 2016

Create a Cozy Dog Bed with a Ready-Made Crate

I was so excited when my son and his girlfriend asked me to make a dog bed for their new puppy, Hudson. Actually, I was more excited about the puppy than the bed, but after we started exchanging ideas on what they wanted, I knew it would be an easy project.

How to make a custom dog bed with a wooden crate and a stencil
I didn't have time to make the bed from scratch, so this ready-made crate purchased at the craft store was the next best thing. I've seen similar versions on Pinterest that were made from old crates and pallets, but this was the quickest way to go for me.

use a ready made crate to make a dog bed
After removing the top two slats, I sanded the whole thing down so it was as smooth as a puppy's belly. I painted it light gray and created a custom stencil with my Silhouette.

use craft store wooden knobs as legs for a dog bed
I added bolts to the legs, drilled holes in the bottom of the crate, then glued 'em in. Gluing them directly to the crate would have been good enough, but I wanted a little more stability.

make a custom sign for your dog food with stencils
I made him a sign from one of the slats just in case he has trouble locating his food. Yeah, right. 

custom dog bed made from a wooden crate
All ready for my new granddog.

Meet Hudson.....
make a custom dog bed with stencils and a wooden crate
He's 8 weeks old and the sweetest little English Cream Long Haired Miniature Dachshund.
So far, so good. He gave me a paws-up!

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