The other week I decided to sit down and do a little financial reckoning to get myself in order for the rest of the year and see if I can afford to spend a little more on plants for our garden. Sitting down with your bills can always be a little overwhelming, and I was blown away (although not entirely shocked) to see how much I spend on dog toys, beds, grooming products and the occasional cat tower. Our pets are like our children and I apparently spare nothing when it comes to something I think they’ll like. Thankfully, DIY is part of my job and I decided to figure out the areas I spend most on (outside of food), which are: toys, beds and pet furniture.
From Turk’s scratchers and towers to the girls’ ever-growing pile of toys, it’s time for me to stop spending and start making something instead. Julia has been excellent at turning old wood scraps (combined with pieces of old carpet padding) into scratchers for Turk, so I took that as inspiration today to show just how cute — and functional — DIY pet projects can be. Pets are very much a part of our families and our lives and putting a little extra time into their happiness (outside of daily walks, play time and regular vet visits) is always worthwhile — and it can even save you a buck or two. Hopefully you’ll find something in this list to inspire a creative home project that celebrates your family’s fuzziest members. xo, grace