Chevron Burlap Wreath and Doggie Door Bell: Monday Made It

Happy Monday friends! Today is my first official day of summer break.  How is that possible?  Well, I had one week off between school and summer school, and spent it running errands and doing all the things one can humanly do in a week.  But now I'm going to kick back and relax! Really! Relaxing in progress...

For about 20 minutes, that is.  Until our new puppy comes and puts her head on my lap.  Meet Lacey!

She's a 9 month old lab terrier mix.  Her favorite activities are napping and following us around the house. She can sit and give paw but thinks "down" is a funny word for "play a game."    We picked her up from the shelter on Friday and she's already our little girl. 

I knew I wanted to try this "doggie door bell" idea that I had seen a friend do with her dog.  I had material left over from making a wreath (see below) so I quickly whipped up a little door-bell.  (Paw-bell?)  Here's how I made it: 



I got out burlap, a needle and thread, and some jingle bells.  Now, for those of you who don't sew, I'm pretty sure you could hot glue the bells but I wanted something I could sew on tightly. 

I'm not saying I sew.  I can sew.  I don't like to sew.  But I did my time in Brownies.  I earned that badge.


I found out that you have to sew the jingle bells on with the attacher thing vertical.  If you sew it horizontal, the bell will droop down.  One of my bells is drooping but I'm pretty sure Lacey doesn't mind. Then I looped the top over and sewed a thread of orange burlap through to make it pretty.


I hung it to the left of our "designated potty door" and we've been making sure to ring it every time we take her out.  It was an easy 20 minute project that is going to make my life a lot easier! 

Backing up a little, the reason I had the extra chevron burlap was because when I took my first trip to Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago, I couldn't decide what to buy.  The store is massive.  It's like a Kirkland's (swoon) and an AC Moore all in one.  I pushed my cart around the store 5 times before I even put something in it.  I do that at buffets, too.  My husband thinks I'm crazy.  He'll go right up and start putting things on his plate, but I have to circle the whole place before I make a decision. 

Anyway. So on my 5th or 6th trip around, I found the burlap aisle, picked up two rolls and a foam wreath, and came home and got to crafting.  I did try to make one of those fancy puffy burlap wreaths but all I ended up with were shreds of burlap on my floor.

Here's what I did make.  


I found the bow tutorial on youtube. Just pretend your dining room looks as perfect as hers and you'll be good to go.



That's what I made this week!  Hop over to 
and check out the other cute stuff!


5 comments:

  1. I love your wreath! Well done! I have a friend with a dog that uses a potty bell. When he wants out he rings his bell. She has a second dog that stays outside for longer and the bell ringer dog will sometimes ring the bell just to get her to go to the door and let the other dog inside! Pretty smart! Good luck with your puppy!
    Carol
    Teachers Are Terrific!

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  2. The wreath looks great, but the doggie doorbell is BRILLIANT! I am definitely doing that when we get a dog. Someday in the distant future. I am so excited to meet Lacey! She looks beautiful! Looking forward to Wednesday!

    Amy
    Eclectic Educating

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  4. We trained our dog to ring a bell when she needs to go out. It works wonderfully and it was the best thing we could have done 8 years ago!! Mine is not as fancy as your though. I just have a small cow bell tied to the end of a ribbon that hangs on the door knob. Yours is much cuter!!

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  5. I feel the same way about Hobby Lobby. It's one of my happy places. I love the wreath and Lacey is just too cute. My neighbors are getting a new puppy tomorrow. I'll need to tell them about the bell. XO
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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