If L.A. blogger, dog-lover, and yummy food maker Adrianna Adarme isn't already on your radar, it's time to get acquainted. First, check out her mouth-watering Instagram feed here. Then proceed to her idea-filled blog, A Cozy Kitchen, the success of which has led her to pen a new cookbook, A Year of Cozy, hitting shelves October 6. An ordinary book of recipes, this is not. Nestled between irresistible treats like Chewy Chai Snickerdoodles and Breakfast Tacos, Adarme includes an array of easy D.I.Y. crafts for every season. One of our favorites? An easy-as-pie (pun shamelessly intended) do-it-yourself dog leash for you and your favorite four-legged friend. Read below to see how you can make this adorable craft in just three easy steps.
"There's nothing ladylike about Amelia. She burps after every meal, she loves nothing more than rolling around in the mud, and she happily eats old, moldy slices of pizza she finds in the tall grass at the park. But that doesn't mean I don't want her leash to be as pretty as possible. After scouring the Internet and balking at the price for a stylish dog leash, I figured I could simply make my own. I ordered a very inexpensive horse lead rope, dip-dyed it, added a few pieces of suede twine, and my goal of achieving adorableness was met."
5-quart plastic bucket
31/2 quarts warm water
1 packet (11/8 ounces) powdered dye
6' white cotton lead rope with solid brass snap (Can be found at most animal supply stores—just make sure they have a horse section. You can also find the lead rope online.)
Suede twine (about 1') Fabric glue (optional)
"Put on your gloves. Fill the bucket with the warm water. Mix in 1/4 teaspoon of the powdered dye. Take the first end of the rope and dip about 2 feet of it into the dye. Count to 20 and then remove the rope from the dye. Repeat with the other end of the rope. Ideally, you'll leave a gap in the center of the rope completely white."
"Mix another 1/4 teaspoon of powdered dye into the water. Repeat the process of dipping the rope, but this time don't go as high. Repeat until you've reached the ends of the rope. Allow the very ends to soak for 1 minute in the dye, as we want these to be the darkest parts of the rope. Allow the rope to air-dry completely, which will take at least 4 hours but most likely overnight."
"Wrap the suede twine around the shaggy parts of the rope (a horse's lead rope generally has 2 places that need covering). Secure the suede twine by tying it or by applying a dot of fabric glue onto the rope, if desired."
Be sure to pre-order your copy of A Year of Cozy for 125 recipes and crafts to last you all year long.