Make Dog Collar Decorations
Several ways to make dog collar decorations come to mind, including dog collars with bling bling and those made out of crocheted, knitted or braided or woven yarn.
Collars with bling are easy - simply add whatever gaudy charms or flashy jewelry you can to your dog's collar. You can fasten those that have metal loops on the collar with colorful rubber bands or ponytail holders. Also consider gluing on rhinestones. Dollar and thrift stores are some places to look if you have no supplies on hand.
IMPORTANT: Please ensure that the dog (or other dogs or young children) cannot grab and swallow these small items.
Holiday Dog Collar Decorations
You can also make dog collar decorations for a specific holiday, such as St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Fourth of July or Kwanzaa.
Simply adapt the colors for the particular holiday you are celebrating. Instructions on this page are for creating a St. Patrick's Day set out of yarn that consists of three parts:
I. The base: a braided/plaited covering and is 16 strands wide.
II. The shamrock: a 6-strand wide strip that is also woven. Change this into a bell or star shape as need be.
III. Three pom poms: A mini pom pom in the shamrock center and larger one on each end of the weaving.
- Light green [LG] yarn, at least 264 inches (6700 mm) long
- Bright green [BG] yarn, at least 124 inches (3150 mm) long
- Green thread and a sewing needle
- Three thin green ponytail holders (Optional)
- A piece of green fabric 2 x 12 inches wide (Optional)
This is to make dog collar decorations for a 1-inch (25 mm) wide collar.
- Follow the instructions for the 16-strand weaving. See How To Make Dog Collar Decorations Out Of Woven Yarn.
- For the design shown, set up 3 LG, 2 BG, and 3 LG double strands, 36
inches long so that you end up with 16 strands each about 18 inches (460 mm)
- Weave as described until you reach your desired length.
- I used the distance between the D-ring on Comet’s collar and the
first set of holes at the other end as my guide, which came to about 12
inches (300 mm).
- Finish off as described or, for a quicker method, use yarn or thread
to sew the ends so they don’t unravel. (Appearance doesn’t matter since
these will be covered with the pom poms.)
The Shamrock or 4-Leaf Clover
- For this part, I used 6 strands (1 double strand of each) total: 2 LG, 2 BG and 2 LG, each 18 inches (460 mm) long.
- You can use a 4-strand technique where you
always start your row from the same side.
- This will create a striped
pattern rather than the five of dominoes effect.
- Once you've completed 16 inches (405 mm), finish off the upper end by sewing across it with yarn.
- Finish the stalk end of the shamrock by weaving the ends back
in. This will look a little wider at the end, which is perfect for this design.
- To make the petals, leave 2 inches (50 mm) for the stem. Divide the remainder into four equal loops.
- Take a needle and thread and sew loops together in the center. (If
it's easier, you can also add the loops and sew them one by one).
The Pom Poms
These can be purchased but it's probably easier to learn how to make Homemade Pom Poms.
If you use the same colors as in the weavings, you will
have an exact match. You can also create your own combinations not commercially
Note that in the above photo, the center pompom is a Small. The two end pompoms (only one shown) are Mediums. Create whatever sizes appeal to you - just aim for a balanced look.
Putting It All Together
- With green thread, sew the mini pompom onto the center of the shamrock
- Sew the two larger pom poms onto each end of the base weaving.
- Sew the shamrock onto the base weaving.
To attach the entire strip to the collar and make it so it’s removable for a different holiday or reusable
for the next St. Paddy’s Day, you can do one of the following:
- Sew yarn underneath the pompoms at the ends and under the
shamrock and wrap it around the collar a couple of times - you’ll need
to cut the yarn off and re-sew the following year.
- Sew green ponytail holders onto the underside of the base weaving at
intervals, then twist around the collar, starting at the center and
- Make a sleeve of complementary green fabric to slide over the collar and sew the base weaving onto that.
If you come up with another idea as to how to make dog collar
decorations for a holiday and would like to have it become part of our site with credit given to you, go to Homemade Dog Stuff and type away. Pictures are, of course, very welcome.
All the best for the holidays!
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