Oct 29, 2012

Poop Factory (That's Right, I Said It)

How far are you willing to go to embarrass your dog? 
I'm willing to go pretty far as it turns out. 

This is Miss Chloe showing off her primary function in life.

Poop Factory Dog Costume

We've been dressing our dogs up for Halloween for years. I'm pretty sure they enjoy it as much as we do. They would say something, wouldn't they? Of course they would.

This particular costume idea has been floating around the internet for a couple of months and I kept it in the back of my mind (and pinned on Pinterest) for when I finally got my butt in gear to make something.

Thank goodness the fall edition of the Pinterest Challenge showed up to force me into action. (Not like October 31st was a deadline or anything.) 

The Pinterest Challenge is a fun project thought up by Sherry from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power (with co-hosting assistance from Carmel from Our Fifth House and Sarah from Ugly Duckling House). So often we just pin and pin and pin - this challenge makes us stop pinning and start doing.

I love Pinterest, and I love showing what I've made after being inspired, so you know that if someone flat-out ASKS if I want to show off I'm not going to say no. For past challenges I've made yarn-covered easter eggs, vacation photo bottles, a fold-up patio bar, and the ever-popular pinecone map ornament.

easter eggs photo bottles pinecone map ornament - turtlesandtails.blogspot.com

Now to be completely honest, I missed the deadline for the map ornament, and it was really inspired by something Sherry was inspired by on Pinterest. But I think that counts, doesn't it?

This time, my inspiration comes from this picture I pinned from an internet photo site. I've looked around and found other versions - here and here - but none of them link to an original source. If you own one of the adorable dogs in the pictures - thank you.

The poop factory costume itself is pretty straightforward - a cut up cardboard box decorated to look like a building. I decided on red brick (red construction paper) to provide a contrast to Chloe's colouring. This turned out to be Chloe's costume because Sasha ran away every time the box came near her. So much for being our brave little toaster.

I used 3 sides of a squarish box, with the sides that hang down shortened to a length that didn't bump the dog's legs when she walked. The perpendicular flap edges were taped to each other with packing tape, and then I covered the sides in red and the top in black paper using craft glue.

Poop Factory Dog Costume

While I made windows and doors out of more construction paper, Tom drew in the bricks for me. I added a bit of scalloping along the roof edge with black poster paint, to blend the seam between the top and the side.

Poop Factory Dog Costume

Poop Factory Dog Costume

Each of those twelve window frames is made from one piece of black paper - I cut out each of the window panes using an x-acto knife and then put white paper behind them. By the third one I was so over it. Until I realized I could cut multiple windows at the same time just by stacking them. Duh.

The font I used for the factory name is called Quentin Caps - found on PicMonkey. It's fun - sort of carnival-like - even though the outlined letters tend to look out of focus from far away. That's what I'm blaming it on anyway.

Poop Factory Dog Costume

The smoke stacks are toilet paper tubes covered in more black paper. I fanned out the bottom of each tube and glued it to the roof, and then cut a ring out of black paper and slid it down over the tube to cover the fanned out part. The "smoke" is some polyester stuffing I usually use for pillows.

Poop Factory Dog Costume

Poop Factory Dog Costume

I was going to use some stuffing from one of the dog toys, but I looked around the house and all I could find were toy carcasses - no innards anywhere. It all kind of circles back you know, because Sasha likes to eat the stuffing and then it gets pooped out. And the factory is a poop factory with stuffing coming out of the smoke stacks. Get it? Get it? Ahaaaaaa-haaaaaa!

I used black grosgrain ribbon for straps. There is one strap that loops across Chloe's chest to keep the box from sliding backwards and then two straps that tie underneath her stomach in a bow to keep the box upright. I used hot glue to attach them to the box (not to the dog) as I didn't think craft glue would hold for long and I didn't want staples to show through.

Poop Factory Dog Costume

She looks pretty awesome, right?

And it's a fully functioning factory. 
Unfortunately you never know when they're going to make a delivery.

Poop Factory Dog Costume

(She didn't really poop, she was just sitting down.)

And sometimes your employees go on strike and refuse to work any longer.

Poop Factory Dog Costume

So you convince replacement workers to step in.

Poop Factory Dog Costume

But not for long (one picture only) because they run all over the building and tear their safety harnesses right off the factory wall. Yes, thanks to our moose-ance the straps have to be glued back on.

(She looks like a stubby little corgi from this angle. Please don't think I overfeed ma dawg. She's a skinny little butterpants under there.)

Do you dress up your dog for Halloween? Or for any other occasions? We also have headbands for Easter, Canada Day, and Christmas. 

Poop Factory Dog Costume

Poop Factory Dog Costume

Poop Factory Dog Costume

Poop Factory Dog Costume

Poop Factory Dog Costume

Poop Factory Dog Costume

This is one happy dog. 
I've come to the conclusion that she can't read.

Come back Wednesday for a round up of all our dog costumes over the years.


Thanks to Sherry, Katie, Carmel, and Sarah for hosting this edition of the Pinterest Challenge. Head on over to each of their sites (links are up above) to see what everyone else has been up to and post your own Pin-spiration.

And don't forget that my Ramsign House Number Sign Giveaway is still going on. You have until Friday at 8pm to enter. But don't wait until the last minute! I really want you to win!

Ramsign - house number sign


I'm linking up here this week!


Mindy said...

LMAFO!!! This is seriously a great doggie costume!! I love this...maybe next year I'll make it for our puppy:) It's such a funny idea! Thanks for sharing this idea...I'm going to pin this for next Halloween!

Megan said...

That is awesome, Barb! Love it!! Megan (Our Pinteresting Family)

Nicole@ Show Off Friday said...

That is really cute! Great idea.

Diana Hansen said...

That is hilarious!

Beth & Bill said...

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAH OMG TOO FUNNY! Bill is literally snorting with me over here in full on belly laughs! Great idea! <3 Beth

Margaux said...

This. is. amazing. Pinning!

Annie said...

This is just too funny! Great job!

Sarah Fogle said...

This. Is. Awesome. And now I have more ideas for Charlie! Great job!

stephanie said...

omg this is awesome. you should submit it to Dog Shaming - they are having a halloween costume contest! that is just great!

Tamsyn Riley said...

Haha, I love this!! My dog is definitely getting this costume next year :)

winnie rottem said...

This is one of the funniest post I've read lately

This is soooooooooo cute.
Happy Halloween to you and to Miss Chloe :)

Pams Party said...

I LOVE this! I have several pets myself, and I often feel like they are poop factories.. You are my Halloween Dare to Share Feature of the Day. http://pamspartyplanning.blogspot.com/2012/10/countdown-to-halloween-last-minute-pet.html

MegaCrafty said...

Lol! Love this- I totally need to make this for my dog!

Michelle said...

Ha ha that is amazing! New follower here for the Whatever Goes Wednesday party. I would love a follow back if you've got a moment :)

Jenna Pennell said...

Haha, too funny!

Graceratops said...

This is hilarious xD

Dani - ATA Girls said...

I LOVE this -- an am definitely going to do this for my dog! How FUN! Joining from Little Bird Told Me - http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

navywifeypeters said...

OMG! So cute and fun!!! I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!



Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Now That's Funny!

I'll be featuring you on Facebook tonight!


Thanks so much for linking up with The Wildly Original Crowd!

<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

Sarah Evans said...

Dogs are obviously so much more accommodating than cats. I can't even get mine to wear a scarf or a little hat for minute, much less a whole costume and pose for photos!

Cute doggies and costumes though :)

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

Crafty WI Mama said...

OH MY GOSH! That is THE funniest dog costume I've ever seen, EVER. You're so creative!!!!!

Karen said...

Hilarious! Love the smokestacks with smoke coming out and everything! You are a cover girl and Chloe is a cute girl!

Bolamo Design Studio said...

Absolutely hilarious! Our dog had surgery yesterday and had a cone around his neck so we made an extra large toothpick and olives and called him a dog-tini

Gay said...

This post cracked me up! I had to feature it from the party. Thanks for linking and giving me a great laugh.

Michelle Muckala said...

I am laughing so hard at this! This is hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

BeColorful said...

Haha! Too funny. ... next year. :D Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.

Shannon said...

This is absolutely adorable! Your puppy dog is the cutest :) Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative last week!

Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

Poor doggie! So funny though!!! I'm stopping by to let you know that your project will be featured at this week's All my Bloggy Friends. I can't wait to see what you share this week. :)

Kim~madeinaday said...

Ha love that costume and that map ornament!
Thanks for linking up last week!


Jennifer Dawn said...

How funny! Thanks for the laugh! :) Very creative!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you! She was pretty happy to wear it!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you so much!

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BarbSteadman said...

I'd love to see what you come up with!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Love it!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

I'd love to see your version!

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BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Let me know how it turns out!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Send me an email, I'd love to see it!

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BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

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Thank you!

Carrie said...


Just wanted you to know this was featured over at Think Tank Thursday!! Thanks so much for linking it up.

This weeks party is up and running. Would love for you to share your latest creations!!


BarbSteadman said...

Thanks! :-)

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

And she's so proud!

Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos said...

Hilarious!!! I love that you got the picture of her sitting down, totally looks like shes about to go. haha thanks so much for sharing at Pin It Thursday!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks! She was pretty proud of that thing!

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Barb said...

OMG - too funny!! I love it!! I dress my cat and dog up every Halloween, mostly for my own enjoyment......So not weird!

Barb said...

Wonderful dog halloween costumes. I was browsing and hope I could add some to my pinterest board dog halloween costumes. Hope it's okay with you. :) Keep up the good writing too!!

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