DIY Dog Collar and Tie Set

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
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Oscar is all business when he’s wearing this DIY Dog Collar and Tie. From the office to a night on the town, he’s dressed to impress… on a tight budget!

Whether it’s a family portrait, a job interview, or a first date, you need to dress to impress! After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression. If you want to stand out from the pack, make a fashion statement, and look as sharp as Oscar does, you need to get your human to make you a DIY Dog Collar and Tie.

Even though Oscar looks like he just stepped off the cover of DGQ (that’s Dog Gentleman Quarterly), I made this collar and tie ensemble for next to nothing. The shirt and tie were purchased at my local thrift store, and I already had the other elements on hand.

It took me about 15 minutes to make – if fact, it took longer for the hot glue to dry than it did putting the whole look together. I made two for Oscar, because he does like to look smart at the dog park.

Here’s what you’ll need:

How to do it:

Step 1: Cut the collar off of the shirt.

Step 2: Cut the collar in half (at the back of the collar).

Step 3: Measure your dog’s neck to see where to position the Velcro. You make have to cut a bit off the back to make it fit. Once you’ve measured, glue a strip of Velcro to the back of the collar.

Step 4: Shorten the length of the tie to an appropriate length for your dog. Cut the thin end of the tie off, and glue done the end to the back of the tie.

Step 5: Wrap a section of the discarded tie around the top of the tie. Glue ends together at the back of the tie.

Step 6: Hot glue Velcro strips on the back of the tie and under the flap of the collar. That way, you can mix and match ties!

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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