(Wo)Man's Best Friend: Janabean's Rustic Treat/Leash Holder

 My dog Jana is a bit of a goober.  Which makes sense because so am I.  This is probably why she could misbehave until the cows come home and I would still love her.

As a two year old border collie/blue heeler we rescued Jana from the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. Hoping that the heeler in her would make for a good bird hunting dog (and the fact that she was so darn cute) we couldn't wait to give her a good home.

After stopping at the pet shop and buying her a plethora of hunting toys we were ready to see just how amazing our new addition was.
 Unfortunately, life doesn't always work out the way you planned.....and Jana was no exception to that rule.

Dan and I LOVE hunting.....Jana is petrified of guns...and bows...and sticks.....

We think fishing is a wonderful gift from God....Jana is scared of water....and fishing poles....and probably fish.

Needless to say, our "hunting" dog was a little bit of a wussy.  However, we knew she needed a good home and we would love her no matter what.

What Jana lacks in outdoor skills she makes up for in sheer entertainment value.  She is always happy when she is sitting on her perch, barking at cats and digging holes (which we are not too keen on).

She has also mastered the tricks of sit, sit pretty, high five and shake (which only took two years to learn).

Because we love our dog so much Dan and I have gone through extreme measures to make her happy.  In fact, my wonderful hubby enclosed our porch and attached it to her outdoor kennel just to make sure she is comfortable in the cold winter months.

With that in mind (and a little Pinsperation) I decided to get crafty and make something that would benefit both Jana and myself.  Plus I needed a little break from thesis research and there is nothing better than a DIY project to help with that (except perhaps an ice cold beer).

Check it out below and feel free to try it out for yourself.


 Janabean's Rustic Treat and Leash Holder

Okay let me just start by saying I love a good bargain.  If I can make it myself for a much cheaper price I am game for anything.

That being said, this project cost me less than $10!  Additionally, by using burlap I was able to capture the rustic look that I love so much.

Items you will need:
  • Mason Jar
  • Coat Hook
  • Burlap canvass/wooded sign
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cable Tie
  • Decoration of your choice

Screw the coat hook into the baseboard or wooden frame.

String the cable tie through the back of the canvass and wrap around the mouth of the mason jar.

I added a little bit of hot glue to the base of the mason jar to ensure stability.

If I had had a burlap flower I would have added that.  However, I had to improvise with some leftover flowers and pine cones from my wedding.

These flowers made for a beautiful yet simple decoration to add.

Finally I added a handful of Jana's treats to the mason jar.

The finished product is so much prettier than I could have imagined.  I cannot wait to take Jana on her walk and I am sure she cannot wait for those readily available treats.

As always, if you have any questions about how to make this treat/leash holder please let me know.

The Finished Product!


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