How-To: DIY Couture Dog Collars In 4 Easy Steps

Shellie Sutera
by Shellie Sutera
Fashion blooms on this couture dog collar you can make in minutes for a couple of bucks. Perfect for crafters of all levels.

Wherever you look these days, it seems like you’re in the middle of a doggy fashion show. The canine clothing and accessory industry is booming with a variety of style and color options such as sweaters, pajamas, shoes, ribbons, rain coats and more. If your dog doesn’t like to be dressed up and prefers to wear a signature piece, you can spice up her look with a couture dog collar – one that you can make yourself. This easy and quick DIY project will have your dog strutting down the street at a fraction of the cost of a designer label!

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Supplies Needed

Silk flower

  • Pre-cut Velcro tabs/buttons
  • Glue gun
  • Dog collar

  • Step 1: Remove your dog’s collar: If you’re not using a new collar, remove your dog’s collar and clean it with a damp towel to remove any debris or sticky substances.

    Step 2: Velcro placement: Before peeling off the back of the sticky tab, determine where you’d like the flower to sit on the collar.

    Step 3: Gluing Velcro: Remove the sticky tab and hot glue the Velcro tabs in place (yes, they come sticky, but with all your dog does, it’s not enough to keep it in place). Hot glue the other half of the Velcro tab to the plastic/fabric base of the flower.

    Step 4: Setting the glue: Wait 30 minutes for the hot glue to dry. Once the glue has dried, it’s ready to go on your dog.

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    Couture dog collars can be positioned with the flower on either side of your dog’s neck, on top of the neck area or underneath, where the dog tags are positioned. It all depends on your dog’s toleration for the decoration.

    Silk flowers come in a variety of sizes and colors. You can go wild and have a different color or style on a daily basis. The flower used here was purchased from the dollar store!

    Always keep a close eye on your dog when she is wearing the flower – she should never wear it when she’s by herself. If you notice your dog scratching at it or trying to remove it, remove it from your dog’s collar. Some dogs will succeed in removing the flower and it can become a choking hazard. Use silk flowers, as your dog is less likely to think it’s a toy.

    Most dog owners enjoy sprucing their dog’s appearance up by dressing them in vibrant adorable outfits. DIY dog collar couture is an excellent option for pets who don’t like to play dress up. If you find that your dog doesn’t seem to be bothered by the silk flower, you can choose to attach as many as you wish, using the same steps listed above.

    You can choose to put just one large flower or you can line a few smaller flowers along the collar for a subtle pop of color and decoration. These DIY couture dog collars are perfect for studio portraits, stunning photographs or a special occasion. Let creativity be your guide for this doggy do-it-yourself project!

    Shellie Sutera is a freelance writer from sunny Miami, Florida. When she’s not secretly smuggling her adorable dog Hercules into the local beaches for sun and surf, she’s a passionate writer that specializes in writing about dogs and all of their unique quirks. She spends her free time cooking Italian food, raft boating, volunteering and traveling to dog-friendly destinations.

    Shellie Sutera
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