Introduction: Paw Print Leash Holder
As the proud parent of a newly adopted puppy, I could not be more thrilled to spoil him and show my love for my dog in my home.
I looked through the wood section at my local Michaels hoping to find an unfinished wall mount rack. I didn't find anything even close, but I found the unfinished plaque section and shaker pegs. The light bulb went off and I decided to make my own. I actually had wanted the heart plaques they had but none were big enough to go with the circles I had found, so a larger circle it was. For even more fun I decided to use chalkboard paint!
I got most of my supplies at Michaels for under $20 (Dont forget coupons!), the sawtooths at Target and I already had my drill, drillbits and hammer.
(first instructable I hope this is alright!)
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
tools needed: (not pictured)
- 3/8" drillbit
-3 round wooden unfinished plaques(these were 4x4) (.99 cents ea)
-1 Large Wooden Unfinished Plaque (6x6) ($1.99)
- 3 Shaker Pegs 7/16" (Set of 2 is $1.49)
-Chalkboard paint (about $5) or any paint desired!
-Sawtooth picture hangers (x4) (I got a set of 5 at target for $2.99)
-Nails or non damage hooks to hang
Step 2: Step 2: Drill and Paint
You will need to drill holes for the shaker pegs to fit snugly into.
I used a 3/8" drillbit for 7/16" Shaker peg and it was a perfect snug fit!
I didn't find the need for it to be perfectly centered but if you desire so a ruler will be all you need to figure it out.
I traced the shakerpeg bottom to the area I wanted to drill and drilled into it almost all the way through.
(on some it even went through it and made no difference!)
If you worried about the edges after drilling the holes you can sand the edges down a little with a small piece of sandpaper or a dremel.
-Trace and drill holes into all three small round plaques.
DO NOT INSERT PEGS YET
Then paint with desired color or finish, I choose chalkboard paint as its pretty fun to work with and lets you have some customization on the biggest plaque! Be sure to follow instructions to any paint you purchase for best results!
Step 3: Step 3: Add Picture Hangers
For this step I used what I had available, Sawtooth hangers. I planned on only using light leashes for the holder since our go to retractable leash is always on the couch.
So turn all plaques over when dry and nail sawtooths (or hanging method desired) toward the center top. If you are using a different method that requires two hangers to be added of course add them to each side.
The sawtooth set I bought came with tiny nails to hammer them in so it shouldn't be an issue of buying anything extra, there is a great variety at Target.
Step 4: Step 4: Add Pegs!
Add the pegs to the three small plaques and you paint them from there so you don't have to worry about holding them up or falling and ruining any coats of paint or your workspace! I painted the underside a little first and let it dry so the underside would be even. remember to following the same painting instructions as before!
Step 5: Step 5: Decide Where to Hang!
After it dries decide the best place for your furry friends new leash holder! I hung them by eye but of course you can go more symmetrical and all with levels and the like!
If you used Chalkboard paint like me don't forget to add fun messages or their name to the big plaque!
I put mine by the front door of course!
Hope this was helpful!