Tools and Supplies
You will need a storm door cha
in kit, an over the fence planter holder, 10 feet of heavy rope, some kind of twine or similar string, a 1″ split ring (ie. key chain ring), jingle bells, a 3 or 4 foot strip of polar fleece, scissors, cutting pliers and a measuring tape.The project materials cost me $15 to buy and approximately 30 minutes to make. You can find everything you need at The Home Despot and the Dollar Store.
Removing The Chain
One end of the spring has a chain, which we do not need. Use the cutting pliers to remove it. If you have a hack saw, you can cut the mounting bracket off. I’m not worried about keeping it on, since the dog only plays with the rope.
Adding The Split Ring
Put the ring on the spring on the end from which you just cut the chain off of.
Adding The Rope
Thread the rope through the end of the spring without the split?ring, find the center of the rope and make a knot.
String as many bells as you want, onto the twine. Tie the bells onto the rope, above the knot on the rope. Cut the excess string.You can skip adding bells to the toy, if you want. I find that the bells make noises that encourage and excite the dog to play with the toy.
Take the hanger and rope outside to the fence where you wish to hang the toy. Slide the ring onto the hanger and let the rope hang. Cut the rope so that the end will hang a foot or so off the ground. Make random knots on the rope, with one of the knots close to the end of the rope. The knots serve two purposes ? Keeping the two strands together and to give your dog places to grab the rope.
Take your strip of polar fleece and tie it to the rope above the last knot. Once I hung the toy on the fence, I took the?fleece in the picture off, it was too short. I like to use polar fleece because it is strong when wet, is stretchy and quite resistant to puppy teeth.