Make a Dog Leash Hanger In One Day

We used to keep our 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…..  So not fun.  So, I decided to do something about that.  I created a decorative dog leash hanger that I can hang near the front door.

DIY Dog Leash Hanger

This was a quick weekend project 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 )
  • Stain
  • 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)

Cut List:

  • 1 – 1 x 12 @ 20″
  • 1 – 1 x 4 @ 7 1/2″


Begin by cutting a 1×12 board to 20″ in length.

Cut a 1x12 to 20"

Cut a 1×12 to 20″

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.

Drill two 3/4 pocket holes into one side of 1x4 using Kreg Jig

Drill two 3/4″ pocket holes into one side of 1×4 using Kreg Jig


Drill two 3/4" pocket holes into 1 side of 1x4

Drill two 3/4″ pocket holes into one side of the 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.

Attach 1x4 shelf to 1x12, so the left sides are lined up

Attach 1×4 shelf to 1×12, so the left sides are lined up


Attach 1x4 with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws

Attach 1×4 with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws


Attach 1x4 to 1x12 10 3/4" from top

Attach 1×4 10 3/4″ from top

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.

Place stencil on 1x12

Place stencil on 1×12

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.

Wording stenciled onto wood

Wording stenciled onto wood

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:

DIY Dog Leash Hanger

DIY Dog Leash Hanger

The shelf is a great location to hold treats or doggy bags, or a picture of your awesome pet!

DIY Dog Leash Hanger

DIY Dog Leash Hanger


DIY Dog Leash Hanger

DIY Dog Leash Hanger


DIY Dog Leash Hanger

DIY Dog Leash Hanger


DIY Dog Leash Hanger

DIY Dog Leash Hanger

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