How to Make an Eco-Friendly Dog Bed

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Introduction: How to Make an Eco-Friendly Dog Bed

The main ingredient is paper, shredded paper to be exact. You can use envelopes, junk mail, magazines, etc.

Each Eco-Friendly Dog Bed usually lasts a month unless you find a way to clean it easily.

Step 1: Things You Need

Materials Needed:
-Old pillowcase or some kind of fabric to enclose it
-Lots of paper (don't use unused paper, or it defeats the purpose of this Instructable)
-String
-sewing needle
-extra hands (optional)
-tub (optional)

Step 2: Shredding the Paper

For this step I just used a old magazine lying on the table. If you choose to use a magazine you have to remove the staples. I did that by ripping the magazine in half and pulling the staples out. Only put the max amount of paper into the Shredder at a time. You can dump it into a tub to hold the paper. If you want to make the paper softer cut it more with scissors.

Step 3: Stuffing in the Paper and Sewing

You can have a friend hold the pillowcase while you stuff in the paper. If you don't have enough paper shred some more. If you have too much please recycle it! Then tie the string to the needle. Tie a knot at the other end of the string. Fold the end of the pillowcase the stab through the fold at the end of the pillowcase. Once your on the other side turn back and stab through it again. Keep repeating until you sewed the fold together. Finally cut the string and tie a knot that will tighten the stitches you made. Rest time!

Step 4: End

I made this idea up while I was shredding paper to keep my identity safe. I stuffed the shredded paper all in a trash bag and then my dogs just sat on it. The next morning I found my dogs sleeping on it, thats when I came up with an idea!

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    7 Comments

    The one looks like it's possessed.

    What a great idea. I bet I shred a thousand items per month. I already have enough to make one of these for my little Lulu.
    Thanks a lot for the idea.

    dachshunds!!!!!!! i dont think mine likes her new bed as much.... she still prefers sleeping under the covers (which i have no problem with)

    How funny. Kinda like the best cat toy is a carboard box.

    Excelent idea. The best thing is that you can change constantly the paper . Just wash the cloth and get new fresh paper. Reminds me of the hay beds on the past, that way your dog can have a new and fresh bed each time. Thank you for sharing.

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    thats a great idea! I would do that but paper rubbing on fabric... even the thought of it makes me feel sick! But for people without that strange thing... brilliant!