Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bulb Box to Dog Bed

I admit it freely....I pamper my animals. I've had other projects focusing on my cat, Danny....for instance, his kitty cushion. I've also used some of Danny's hair to make a felted mouse but that was less pampering and more *productive grooming*. Bottom line: I do focus some crafty attention on my animal friends. It's Chloe the Boston Terriers turn!!

This little doggie bed is made from a basic bulb crate that my given to me by my Mother-in-law. Once I saw the crate I could *feel* it's potential. Finally it occured to me how to use it. Here is how to make this cozy dog bed. You'll need:

Wooden Crate
Wooden balls(4 large, 4 small....they should each have a flat spot on them for glueing down)
Wood Glue
Hand Saw
White Paint
Thin Scrap Wood
Styrofoam (the size of the inside of the bed)
Sander


~Use a saw to trim the top (front facing) board, making 2 cuts, to create a small doorway. 
~Take a piece of thin scrap wood and glue it vertically to either side of the doorway....for support. Like this:
~Sand down the edges of the crate, you'll need a flat spot to glue down the wooden balls. 
~Start glue the 4 large balls to the 4 bottom corned of the crate. These are the feet. 

~Allow the feet to dry and then flip over the crate and glue the four smaller balls to the corners you have sanded down. 
Chloe couldn't wait for the bed to be finished....she had to try it out. :-)

~Once all the glue is dry, begin painting. 
~Paint every part of the crate. Once it is fully dry, use some sand paper to distress it if you like. 
~Put a piece of thin styrofoam in the bottom of the crate, to give it a perfectly flat surface.
~Put a nice soft pillow, some comfy blankets, fleece, etc. in the crate to finish it up.
Now all Chloe needs to do is to keep Danny from sneaking her bed away.....

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35 comments:

  1. This turned out cute! No shame in pampering your pets!

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  2. I love that we can still read "Hand Selected Quality."

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  3. I have a dog bed in every room of my house. I don't consider this pampering put a need. A dog has to sleep right? :)

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  4. What an adorable bed! I love the addition of the wooden balls. Looks like Chloe approves!

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  5. From one boston mom to another ~ that is a great bed!!!!

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  6. Totally awesome. I wish my dogs were small enough for that!!

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  7. What a great idea..and it keeps his little body of the cold floor...My dog would love this..but he is really big...

    sherry

    http://splendiferousgirlsclub.blogspot.com

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  8. ok, how adorable! and smart! and thrifty! fantastic job, fantastic idea!

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  9. That is so stinking cute and clever. I will be on the look out for a crate!
    Tana

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  10. Hey there.. I came back to show my youngest daughter your Boston and the cute bed.
    Where did she get that TAIL from!! lol. Darla, who is 7, has a little "mud flap" tail.
    Nice to meet you.

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  11. great idea! Thanks for linking up to Fantabulous Friday!

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  12. That is too stinkin' cute! I found you through blog frog and am your newest follower=) I loved the curly tree and fleece wreath=)

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  13. Too freakin' fabulous! I really need to make one of these for my dog too! Great job!

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  14. precious!!! i have two bostons and am sure they would each love a bed like this... so cute. love it :)

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  15. That is awesome! Thanks for showing that loving our pets doesn't mean that it can't be part of our home decor. I'm a new blogger, I'd love if you'd stop by!

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  16. This is soooo cute! I bet my cats would love to have a bed like that!

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  17. Great idea, adorable pics! So glad she likes it:@)

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  18. Absolutely adorable! Brilliant idea! Did you see how Chloe is just looking up at you with love in her eyes? :) She is saying, Thank-you, Mom! :)
    Susan
    P.S. I didn't see the Met Monday "Butterfly" logo among your party buttons, but I am glad you participated or I would have missed this precious scene.

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  19. Hi all,

    Nice pictures posted here! Really i like this site. Thanks alot....
    Dog Bed

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  20. Dog gone adorable! Both the dog (I'm a big fan of Boston Terriers) and the bed!

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  21. Oh man, Chloe is so cute she just slayed me with her ears! Nice job on the bed!

    Alicia {ProtoDoom.com}

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  22. So clever! I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

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  23. Adorable! I may just have to make this for my little dog.

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  24. really cute idea! was just saying to the hubs that we need to make a new roost for our little pooch.. cause i just can't stand the 'normal' dog beds! so thanks for the inspiration & the great how-to!! fun blog.. new fan!
    many blessings,
    -Tracie

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  25. oooh what cute (both hahaha) , i love the idea how you made the dog bed .
    we are also going to make a dog bed next week for our dogs , hope they also will like it as your Chloe

    greetings Roos
    from the netherlands

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  26. How sweet! Your puppy is adorable! And the bed is very nice too! Your pup sure seems to think so. Great job on the recycling! Thanks for sharing ... I'll be linking. And please come join my link party anytime!

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  27. This is an adorable idea! We have been talking about getting something for our little dog that would be cute for the living area. This looks perfect for what we are wanting.

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  28. I was given an old wooden box a couple of years ago. I wanted to make a dog bed out of it very similar to the one you posted!!! Instead, I just plopped her dog toys in it. Now seeing the idea completed, I'm thinking I might have to find something else to hold the dog toys!

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  29. i am in LOVE with this! I'm featuring it on my blog today!!!!!

    smallfineprint.com

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  30. This is an fantastic idea. We have been talking about getting something for our cute dog like foam dog beds that would be good for the living area. This looks perfect for what i want to make.

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