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DIY: Dog Toy Basket for the Garden


Having two dogs means having LOTS and lots of toys. I mean lots. When the summer brings the sun, our dogs love nothing better than taking every single toy out of the house and into the garden. Balls, Frisbee's, stuffed toys, you name it, the garden turns into a crazy mess of doggy toy heaven. Since we have so many toys and our toy storage is becoming increasingly more full by the week (some might say our dogs are spoilt rotten!) - I thought it might be a good time to create a new storage solution for the 'outdoor' toys. Which is generally any toy they decide to leave outside to be rained upon, weed upon, left in the mud.. you get the picture.

Everything used in this little DIY project are materials that we already had lying around the house, which meant this project cost absolutely nothing at all. 


I decided to use a wire wall flower basket for the storage part. Not only is it the perfect size and easy to fit to the wall.. But it also allows drainage of rainwater - which means none of the toys will be sitting in months of water and dirt during the wet months. 


The spray paint I used here was the same one I used to paint the garden gnome. I absolutely love the copper finish! It's not a usual colour you would find in the garden, but I love it! 


I then found a piece of wood that had been left in the attic from the previous owner - I used a regular permanent marker to draw on the wording 'Toys'. This marker sinks into the wood really well and once dried doesn't budge.


The wood was already quite aged in its look, but I added a teak oil over the top as well. This really brings out the colour in the wood and it also protects it too. But I did use a wood sealant as well to give added protection!


I then affixed both the basket and the wooden sign to the wall. It's fairly low down, so that the dogs can get to the toys themselves. I'm sure it won't stay full of toys for very long though! You can see Doug's little face dying to release the toys to their freedom. "Why have I got to stay?!"






Yep. One toy down already. Ha! I'll take that as he likes it... ;)

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