How To Make A Crafty Macrame Dog Leash

By Trisha Sprouse

Design your very own dog leash for a fraction of the store-bought price and learn some handy knot-tying techniques in the process. Woven with paracord, this macramé leash is super strong and — dare, we say — also super cute.

Macrame dog leash
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Things You'll Need:

  • Snap hook
  • Masking tape
  • 550 paracord, 2 colors, 64 feet each
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1

Tape the snap hook to your work surface.

Taping snap hook to table
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Step 2

Fold one of the paracord strings in half and thread the hoop through the snap hook.

Tying a lark's head knot
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Step 3

Thread the ends of the paracord through the loop and pull tightly to form a tight knot.

Tying lark's head knot
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Step 4

Repeat with the second paracord string. For reference, these knots are called lark's head knots.

Two strings attached to snap hook
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Step 5

Cross the right-side string on top of the two middle strings.

Tying a square knot
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Step 6

Cross the left-side string on top of the right-side string.

Tying a square knot
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Step 7

Cross the left-side string under the two middle strings and through the right-side loop.

Tying a square knot
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Step 8

Pull the right and left-side strings to tighten the knot. This knot is known as a square knot.

Pulling the knot tight
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Step 9

This time, you'll do the reverse of the knot you just made by crossing the right-side string under the two middle strings, the left-side string under the right-side string, the left-side string on top of the middle strings and through the loop.

Tying a square knot
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Step 10

Keep alternating over/under square knots until you have 1 foot of loose string remaining at the end.

Tying square knots
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Step 11

Roll the leash to form a handle.

Forming a handle for the leash
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Step 12

Using the remaining loose string, tie square knots around the leash to join the handle to the leash. You'll want to tie at least 5-6 square knots for a secure connection.

Tying square knots around handle
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Step 13

Tie the loose ends in basic knots and cut off any excess string.

Cutting off excess string
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Step 14

Dab glue on the cut ends to prevent them from fraying.

Gluing ends of strings
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Take your favorite furry friend out for a walk with your stylish new leash!

Dog on macrame leash
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