First of all, happy Martin Luther King Day! In my town, and all across the country, this is a day of giving back. At our local middle school, a bunch of different groups provide opportunities for people to help out right there, for as long as they want! There was a blood drive going on, blanket making, scarf making, hat knitting, card writing, and so much more! One of my favorite things was making dog toys, which is also today's challenge.
The dog toys we made were crafted using three long pieces of fabric held together with a rubber band at the end. One person holds the end of the fabric with the rubber band while the other one braids the three pieces together. You then remove the rubber band, tie a knot at each end, as well as knots in the middle, and that's it! I don't know what fabric they used specifically, but I'd guess you could make them with any relatively strong pieces. They're really easy and only take a couple of minutes! However, if you aren't very crafty, you could always buy a couple of dog toys and drop those off at your local shelter.
Besides making dog toys, here's what else I did at MLK Day!
- Made a care package for a soldier with books, snacks, and a handwritten letter that my friend and I wrote together.
- Used ribbons and buttons to decorate a picture frame that will also be sent to a soldier.
- Made and decorated a Valentine's Day card for an elderly woman at our local senior center.
- Wrote and decorated a bunch of little notes of encouragement to be put in backpacks that are given to underprivileged children.
- Made origami boxes with friendship bracelets in them to give to homeless children.