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Volunteer From Home: DIY Crinkle Water Bottle Toys for Shelter Dogs, Students Earn Service Hours

 We’re all familiar with the concept of working from home, but have you thought about volunteering from home?  There are plenty of reasons why volunteering can sometimes be difficult, despite your best intentions.  Life is busy.  You’re working long hours.  You don’t have easy access to volunteer activities in your community.  We get it, which is why we created this blog, Make a Difference From Home.  Volunteering from home is super fun and is a great way to gather family and friends together to make the world a better place.

This week’s project, our do-it-yourself CRINKLE WATER BOTTLE DOG TOYS, is a perfect way to  help entertain dogs in shelters waiting for their forever homes.   Shelters are often overcrowded and tend to be very stressful places for pets.  These DIY toys will give the dogs something to play with to help pass the time spent in cages.   And the good news is that each toy only takes about 15 minutes to make.  



  • Fleece
  • Empty water bottle, 12 once size works well
  • Scissors (fabric scissors work best)
  • Dog treats, small



  • Make sure the inside of the water bottle is dry.
  • Sharp fabric scissors work best to cut the fleece.



Step 1:   Add a handful of small dog treats or kibble to the bottle. The treats inside the bottle  will create noise when the dog shakes the toy.  Screw the cap back onto the water bottle.


Step 2:  Cut a piece of fleece sized to wrap around the bottle.  Leave 5 extra inches of fabric length at the top of the bottle.  This extra fabric will be cut into fringe later. 


Step 3:  Cut a fleece strip approximately 1/3 inch wide and 8 inches long.   This strip will be used to secure the fleece around the bottle in step 4. 


Step 4:  Wrap the large piece of fleece around the bottle and tie it securely at the bottle top with the strip that was cut in step 3.  Be sure to tie the strip tightly so that it doesn’t come undone when the toy is used. 


Step 5:  Cut fringe at the top of the toy.


Step 6:  Your DIY toy is now ready to bring happiness to a dog at a shelter.  



Where to donate locally:  Contact your local SPCA, humane society and  rescue organizations to arrange delivery of  your DIY CRINKLE WATER BOTTLE DOG TOYS. If your shelter is like our local shelter, they will likely be thrilled to get them!

Where to donate via mail:  You can also mail your dog toys to the following nonprofit organizations who will deliver them to dogs in need:

  • Small Acts Big Change, PO Box 1374, La Canada, CA 91012                                                                                                                                                                  



Small Acts Big Change is happy to certify volunteer hours for students who make these toys for rescue dogs.    Every 4 toys = 1 hour of community service volunteer credit.  Please contact Carolyn at [email protected] to learn how!



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Thank you for helping dogs at the shelters have a better day.   

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Small Acts Big Change presents Make a Difference From Home. This blog is filled with fun DIY do-good projects to help people of all ages volunteer from the comfort of their own homes. Students can earn service hours on many of our projects. Thanks for making a difference!