5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

These 5 DIY floating rope dog toys are perfect for your water-loving dog! Made with polypropylene rope, these DIY floating dog toys are safe for your dog, float on water, and are cheap, easy and fun to make!

5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

All these 5 DIY floating rope dog toys are Khaleesi-approved. Khaleesi is my 1-year old, water-crazy, high-energy black GSD who loves to play tug, fetch and hide & seek! Because she’s very mouthy she always needs a toy in her mouth. And since she’s water-crazy and loves to swim, I had to make her DIY floating rope dog toys with polypropylene rope!

 

Why Polypropylene Rope?

Polypropylene rope, also known as PP rope and poly rope, is perfect for dog leashes, dog collars and DIY floating rope dog toys! I love polypropylene rope. I use it for all my DIY rope dog leashes and collars because it’s colorfast – the color doesn’t bleed when wet – which is a must when you have a water-loving dog! 😉 Besides, polypropylene cord is light-weight, odor-free, resistant to bacteria, is 100% recyclable and it even floats on water. That makes it perfect for DIY floating rope dog toys!

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Polypropylene Rope Is …

  • safe for pets (Oeko-Tex standard 100 certified)
  • floats on water
  • odor-free
  • resistant to bacteria and fungi
  • strong, durable and long lasting
  • doesn’t bleed when wet
  • resistant to rot and mildew
  • has good abrasion resistance
  • light weight
  • won’t shrink when wet
  • doesn’t absorb water
  • weather resistant
  • machine washable
  • 100% recyclable

 

Heavy Chewers Vs. DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

While I wouldn’t recommend PP rope dog toys as chew toy – it’s still a kind of plastic – they’re perfect as water dog toy, fetch toy, tug toy and to play hide & seek. If your dog is a heavy chewer, better make them a chew toy using natural fibers (click on the link below) and use the PP floating rope dog toy only as water, fetch and tug toy!

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DIY Floating Dog Toy Tutorial

Tips For Making DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

You’ll need:

  • polypropylene (PP) rope
  • scissors
  • lighter or candle

I used 8mm (1/3″) PP rope for the DIY floating dog toys. However, you can use thicker or thinner PP rope. Use thicker PP rope for larger toys and thinner PP rope for smaller toys.

Besides polypropylene rope you’ll need sharp scissors and a lighter for the DIY floating rope dog toys.

To prevent PP rope from unravelling, melt the ends with a lighter or candle.

 

5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

Dummy Floating Rope Dog Toy

You’ll need:

  • 110″ (280cm) long polypropylene (PP) rope

The dummy toy is about 12″ (30cm) long and the knotted part is about 6″ (15cm) long.

DIY Dummy Dog Toy Tutorial - 5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

Unlike the knotted DIY denim toy, this floating rope dog toy isn’t made using crown knots. For this toy I used half square knots instead. The half quare knot is similar to a basic macrame knot and is formed by tying a series of right-handed and left-handed overhand knots.

Step 1: Fold the rope in half. Then form an about 6″ (15cm) long loop by wrapping one of the rope ends three or four times around the other.

Step 2: While the two outer ropes are working ropes, the two middle ropes (the loop) are just filler ropes. So, using the two outer ropes, tie a right-handed half square knot aka right-handed overhand knot (right over left).

DIY Dummy Floating Rope Dog Toy Tutorial

Step 3: Turn the toy around and tie another right-handed half square knot on the other side of the filler ropes (right over left).

Then turn the toy around again and tie a left-handed half square knot this time (left over right).

Turn the toy around again and tie another left-handed half square knot on the other side of the filler ropes (left over right). Continue until the filler ropes are completely covered with knots.

Step 4: When you’ve reached the end of the filler ropes, push the ends of the working ropes through the small loop.

Then tie an overhand knot at the end of the ropes and the DIY floating dummy dog toy is finished.

 

Ball Floating Rope Dog Toy

You’ll need:

  • 90″ (230cm) long polypropylene (PP) rope

The ball has a diameter of 2.4″ (6cm) and the toy is about 12″ (30cm) long.

DIY Dummy Dog Toy Tutorial - 5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

This ball floating rope dog toy is made using the monkey’s fist knot. If you don’t know how to tie the monkey’s fist knot, here‘s a great step-by-step tutorial.

After you’ve tied the monkey’s fist knot, all there’s left to do is to tie the end of the rope into a loop with one or two overhand knots.

Ball Floating Rope Dog Toy Tutorial

 

Frisbee Floating Rope Dog Toy

You’ll need:

  • 110″ (280cm) long polypropylene (PP) rope
  • polypropylene or polyester sewing thread

The frisbee dog toy has a diameter of 6.7″ (17cm).

DIY Frisbee Dog Toy Tutorial - 5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

Unravel a piece of polypropylene rope (or use polyester sewing thread instead).

Roll the polypropylene rope into a circle and sew the ropes together (two at a time) with mattress stitches.

Frisbee Floating Rope Dog Toy Tutorial

 

Ring Floating Rope Dog Toy

You’ll need:

  • 110″ (280cm) long polypropylene (PP) rope

The ring dog toy has a diameter of 2.8″ (7cm).

5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

The floating ring dog toy is similar to the dummy dog toy.

Step 1: Form the PP rope into a circle with a diameter of about 2.8″ (7cm).

Step 2: Tie a succession of the same kind of knots which you used for the dummy toy around the two filler cords. Continue until the filler ropes are completely covered with knots. Then cut off the ends of the ropes.

Ring Floating Rope Dog Toy Tutorial

 

Flip Flop Floating Rope Dog Toy

You’ll need:

  • 110″ (280cm) long polypropylene (PP) rope
  • polypropylene or polyester sewing thread

The flip flop doy toy has almost flip flop size!

DIY Flip Flop Dog Toy Tutorial - 5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

Step 1: Roll the PP rope into an oval. Using unravelled polypropylene rope or polyester sewing thread, stitch the ropes together (two at a time) with mattress stitches.

Step 2: When the flip flop toy is big enough, use the end of the rope to fake the flip flop straps. Stitch it down, then cut off the rope.

DIY Flip Flop Floating Rope Dog Toy Tutorial

 

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