How to make a Potty Bell

Ok, I know this sounds silly.  What is a Potty Bell, you ask?  Well, Potty Bells are used for Potty Training dogs. {PoochieBells for example}  Yes, your four legged furry babies.  This is a new concept for me – we didn’t use one on our older dog – truly I don’t think they were around then.  Our oldest is turning 11 years old in a few weeks.  Our new fur baby is 11 weeks old.  Good times!

cavachon puppy and german shepard

My mother-in-law told us about the potty bell.  She used one when training her dog, and my brother-in-law did too.  They both had great results with them.  So, hey, why not try it out.  At first, I was going to buy one from the store.  I  knew I could make one, but I’m loading up my cart with everything else, why not add that to the mix too.  One less thing to worry about.  Right?  However…the only one that was at the store came with a potty training DVD…and it was $19.99.  WHAT?!?!?!?  It is a ribbon with bells on it.  I think not.

I went {right next door} to a craft store where I bought an entire spool of Grosgrain Ribbon for $4.99 {I’m sure I could have scrounged for a coupon and got it for less} and 4 bells for $2.00.  Yes, for about $6.50 I was making it myself.

potty bells materials

Here is your list of Materials:

  • grosgrain ribbon – 1” or thicker – about 22” in length {you can make it however short or long you want}
  • 3 Large bells {or more if you would like}
  • thread and needle
  • split ring {about 1” or larger}
  • Bling {totally optional}

Step one: Determine how long you want the Potty Bells to hang.  Cut ribbon to desired length.

Step two: Fold over and sew the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying.  I sewed it by hand simply because I didn’t want to lug out my sewing machine.  However it would be just as easy to run it through the machine too.

sew ends of ribbon

Step three: Decide where you want your bells to be.  I put mine in a row down the length of the ribbon.  I have seen them all in a cluster at the base of the ribbon.  Or even a couple at the bottom, a couple in the middle, etc.  You decide…be creative!

sew on bells

Step four: Sew on the bells.  Now, I discovered it is best to sew the bells “vertically” if you will.  At the top of the bell is a loop to sew it on things.  You want this loop to be vertical {up and down}.  If you sew it on horizontal {sideways}, then the bell will droop.  Also, this will need to be sewn by hand.

***Note: I was drinking coffee.  Wine would have been better!***

Step five: Sew on the split ring. Loop the ribbon at the top through the middle of the ring and fold over, sewing it down.  I sewed this by hand.

Step six: Add your bling!  I decided my potty bell needed some spicing up.  I like things embellished. Take my lamp shade for example.  I thought a sparkly button would be cute, but realized I didn’t have any.  However, I remembered I had a pair of blingy earrings – and one was broken.  So, I grabbed the good earring, took off the wire, and sewed it on!

bling potty bell

Done!  In about an hour {more or less – depending on how many times your children – and new puppy interrupt you} you will have your own, custom to you and your décor, potty bell to hang up!

DIY Potty Bell

Now, I have seen them hung on the designated door that you will be taking your puppy out from.  However, I was advised to NOT hang it on the door, to hang it on the wall next to the door.  That way there is no confusing the puppy, or parents, as to who or what needs to go potty.

Easy DIY Potty Bell

Now, when it is time to take out our puppy, Barkley, we ring the bells and then open the door.  After showing him only two times…he rings the bells with his nose every time!  What a smart dog! Now, if we can get him to remember to go potty outside every time…we’ll be golden!

Until then, I’ll have another sip of wine and keep spraying that enzyme cleaner.



  1. says

    Hahahhahah. I Iove your comments prompt. Your puppy is precious. I don’t know why I never thought of making my own potty bell. They’re expensive!! And I like the girly touch you added. Cute!

  2. says

    “and it was $19.99. WHAT?!?!?!? It is a ribbon with bells on it. I think not.”

    Those were my exact thoughts when I was at the pet store this weekend! Imagine the profit they make on those! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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