My little dog was having trouble letting us know when he needed to go outside. Well he wasn’t having trouble so much as not bothering to tell us. 🙂 I thought that if we got him a bell he could ring – then he’d let us know. My husband was convinced it was the dumbest thing he’d ever heard of and didn’t want me to spend $10 on buying on.
So I spent $5 and made one!
The supplies are minimal – bells, ribbon, thread and keyrings. I threaded the bells onto the key rings. (Hint: don’t buy the key rings in the jewelry section – they’re more expensive – hunt around the kids area – or just look around your house!)
I didn’t quite follow directions and bought ribbon that was wider than 1″ – but it was so pretty. I found out later that the wider ribbon didn’t fit on the door knob as well. So – hindsight – buy the 1″ ribbon. 🙂
Our niece was staying with us at the time and said she could sew – so off she went. You sew a few loops into the ribbon and then put the key rings on the loops (full instructions below).
And there you go – a doggie door bell! The ribbon did go over the door knob but the 1″ would have “fit better” on the knob handle.
Here’s a closer look at the loop with the sewn area and the bells. We bought fabric glue but it didn’t hold at all – so we had to go with sewing.
So the big question – did puppy use the bell? Well – he did once. I tried training him and maybe if I’d had it right when we got him – he would have picked up on it more. Luckily for us – once we got him fixed – he stopped having accidents in the house. Now – big dog paces and that’s when I know they need to go. Oh well – it’s a cute door bell – and easy enough to make – no need to spend money on buying one if you’re in the market!
DIY Doggie Door Bell
Here’s what you need:
+ thread to match
6 – metal jingle bells
3 – key rings, 1″ or larger
- Thread two bells on to each key ring.
- Measure the distance from your door nob to the lowest place you want your bells to hang. Add 12 – 15″ to this measurement.
- Fold over the bottom edge of the ribbon, creating a 1″ loop and sew it in place.
- Measure up 6″ and fold another 1″ loop into the ribbon. Sew this loop in place.
- Measure up another 6″ and repeat the last step.
- Use the key ring to thread the bells onto the ribbon.
- Hold your bells up to the door to double check your length. If desired, you can trim your ribbon shorter.
- At the end of the ribbon opposite the bells, fold a loop over to hang the bells by. If you have a traditional round door nob, this loop needs to be at least 9″ wide, in order to fit over the nob. If you have a lever handle, then you can make this loop smaller. Sew the loop in place.
Adapted from Kol’s Notes.
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