Where do you hang your dog leashes? If you are anything like me, you keep your dog leashes stuffed on a shelf in the entryway closet, which is not a very convenient place, especially when pretty much everything that you don’t have any room for in the rest of your house also gets stuffed in said closet, burying the dog leashes so you have to pretty much remove every single piece of useless junk in order to get a single leash….. Oh so frustrating! Well, you have come to the right place as I have created a fix for that! 🙂 Here are free plans to build a decorative dog leash hanger that is both cute and functional. Which, of course, is the best of both worlds!
This was a quick weekend project that cost about $30 to $35 to build, and I think it came out really cute! Here is how I made it:
- 1 – 1 x 12 @ 4 ft
- 1 – 1 x 4
- Kreg Jig
- 1 1/4″ Kreg Pocket hole screws
- wood glue
- “Love is a four-legged word” stencil (I purchased the 11.25″ stencil here )
- White spray paint
- Polyurethane spray
- chalkboard labels
- Robe hooks (2) – I purchased these at Home Depot as a pack of 6
- 3/4″ screws (4)
- 1 – 1 x 12 @ 20″
- 1 – 1 x 4 @ 7 1/2″
Begin by cutting a 1×12 board to 20″ in length.
Next, cut a 1×4 board to 7″ in length. Using the Kreg Jig, drill two 3/4″ holes into one side of the 7 1/2″ 1×4.
Using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue, attach the 1×4 board so the left side of the 1×4 is lined up with the left side of the 1×12. The top of the 1×4 shelf should start 10 3/4″ from the top of the 1×12 board.
Sand the boards and then stain with your stain of choice (I used Minwax Dark Walnut). Once the stain has dried, I placed the stencil I purchased onto the location above the shelf on the 1×12 board (center the stencil on this section of the board. I then covered the remainder of the board with old rags so I wouldn’t get white paint on other sections of the board.
Once the stencil is in place, use white spray paint (I used Rustoleum Heirloom White) to spray the stencil area. To keep the paint from bleeding under the stencil, I lightly sprayed a coat of paint, then used a hair dryer on the high heat setting to quickly dry the paint. I repeated this process several times until the paint was bright white, and I couldn’t see any stained wood through the paint. I then removed the stencil.
Once the paint had completely dried, I sprayed three coats of polyurethane onto the board, letting the varnish dry between each coat. After the final coat of polyurethane was dry, I added the chalkboard labels and the hooks.
The chalkboard labels were purchased at Hobby Lobby in a pack of 12 and the hooks were purchased at Home Depot in a pack of 6. I also had to purchase smaller screws to attach the hooks to the board (the screws that came with the hooks are over an 1″ long and will go all the way through the 1×12 board.
I placed two chalkboard labels about an inch underneath the bottom of the shelf, spacing them evenly apart. I used a little extra glue under the labels (I used a glue stick) as the labels were not sticky enough to adhere well to the wood.
I then attached a robe hook underneath each label. The robe hooks were attached 2″ up from the bottom of the 1×12 board and were centered underneath each of the chalkboard labels. Here is the finished version of the dog leash holder:
The shelf is a great location to hold treats or doggy bags, or a picture of your awesome pet!
I hung my leash hanger right by the front door, so I can easily grab a leash on the way out and I have a place to hang it as soon as I step inside the house. No more digging through the mess in your front closet to find Fido’s leash now! This is a suberb beginner’s project, so give it a whirl!