In honor of “Dog Month” Erica and I made some leashes for the AP blog. (P.S. AZ readers, Dogs are welcome inside Antique Plaza anytime, as long as they are on a leash!) We stumbled across these awesome leashes last month on Free people’s site (when we were doing some research for “Free people month.”) Nautical and ombre may be trends that have been in the fashion world for quite some time now, but for dogs they’re fresh as ever! and they’re so cute, right? But $64? No thanks! Plus, I wanted a double one for Ein and Lilu! It’s pretty easy, basically it’s 3 steps over a 2-day span.
The hardest part was waiting 24 hours! The dye we had on hand, but Joann’s has a good inventory. The ombre effect is pretty simple. Just start with the lightest dye bath and gradually pull out the rope as you add more dye to the mixture.
Note: Before dying, tape all ends so they don’t unravel in the hot water!
Rope eBay here – 50 ft. for $16, (enough for 2 double leashes and 2-3 single leashes)
Rope clamps Ace Hardware: 2 for $2.50
Leash snaps Home Depot $2.21-$2.49 each
So each leash was roughly $8-13 (depending on double or single)
Note: For the double leashes you need double of everything so 4 clamps (instead of 2) and 2 snaps (as opposed to 1)
The metal clamps really cinch into the rope nicely, they have little teeth that sink in. We decided to hot glue the leather over the snaps to cover them up. Not that we have anything against industrial, but leather and rope just looks so great together!
Ahhhh! Aren’t they so cute, matching corgis on a double leash? It makes me so happy! We took them to the plaza to test them out. All three dogs loved exploring the aisles, smelling all the different items, and being able to spend some quality time shopping. I also think these would make some awesome Christmas Presents for the dog-lover on your list! Let me know if you have any questions!