15 Best DIY Pet Collars that Look Fantastic

In our house, the pets we’ve adopted over the years are just as much as part of the family as anyone else! Being the crafty people we are, then, we’re sure it’ll come as no surprise to you that we actually do almost as much crafting for our furry friends as we do for ourselves, our kids, and our friends. That’s why we’ve been on the lookout for cool DIY pet collars lately!

Check out these 15 fantastic homemade pet collar ideas, designs, and tutorials we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.

1. DIY adjustable pet collar

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Are you not only the kind of pet owner who loves to prioritize your animals’ comfort, but you’re also a crafter who is quite experienced in sewing? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this fantastic pet collar tutorial outlined step by shockingly simple step on Halifax Dogventures a try! This way, you can swap collars between your dogs or account for how quickly your puppy grows over time just by adjusting the collar.

2. DIY doggie dress shirt collar

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Perhaps your pets already have enough practical collars and you’re looking for something a little more fun and novelty right now? Well, if you happen to have any collared shirts available for upcycling then we have a feeling you’re going to get a real kick out of the way The Cheerful Times made these hilarious dress shirt animal collars that look very smart indeed!

3. DIY upcycled belt dog collar

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Perhaps you’re the kind of crafting and DIY enthusiast who loves to make just about anything you create an opportunity for upcycling because being able to save things from the trash by repurposing them is one of your favourite things about crafting? In that case, we’d suggest delving into your belt collection and taking a look at how The Sorry Girls made this fantastic little collar from a piece of an old belt!

4. DIY dog collar slip cover

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Perhaps your pets actually already have collars that fit and work very well and don’t really need replacing but you can’t help wondering whether you might use your DIY skills to at least embellish them or jazz the, up a little bit? In that case, we have a feeling this next tutorial from Bite Sized Biggie might be right up your alley! They show you, step by step, how to make a simple slip cover to add a little bit of colour or patterning to the pre-made collars you already bought.

5. Simple fabric wrapped dog collar

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Are you feeling quite intrigued indeed by this whole idea of covering the surface of a collar you already have in order to make it a little more interesting looking, but you’re quite skilled at sewing, taking things apart, and putting them back together and you’re feeling up for a little more of a challenge than what you saw in the slip cover tutorial? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Cut Out and Keep outlines the process of fabric wrapping a collar instead!

6. DIY formal dog collar with bow tie

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Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making some kind of funny novelty collar that actually has a collar involved in its design, but you can’t help wondering whether you might make your dogs look even fancier than even the previous design we showed you? Then we’d be willing to bet you’ll get a kick out of the way Thrifted Living made these collars that not only have a shirt collar attached, but also a little bowtie for a look that’s slightly more formal. They’re perfect for family portraits where the whole family gets dressed up!

7. Pet bandana collars

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Perhaps you’re feeling totally into the idea of making some kind of novelty pet collar that has a little bit of shape, pattern, and appeal but you’d prefer something a little more casual than a shirt collar, since that look doesn’t really fit your furry friend’s personality? In that case, we’d absolutely encourage you to take a look at how Crafts Unleashed made these funny pet bandana collars in just a few easy steps!

8. DIY matching collar and friendship bracelet

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Are you the kind of pet owner who loves your animal so much that you’re rarely seen apart? Then we’d be willing to bet that you’re also the kind of pet owner who would wear matching accessories with your cat or dog! That’s precisely what The Broke Dog shows you how to make here and we can’t get over how much we love the look.

9. DIY paracord collar

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Perhaps you’re actually looking for an idea that’s still DIY but a little more durable than some of the concepts you’ve seen so far because you’re also the kind of pet owner who loves to take your dogs on outdoor adventures, like hiking and camping? In that case, we think you’ll get along very well indeed with this paracord collar idea outlined nice and clearly by Sea Lemon!

10. Braided paracord dog collar

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Are you actually still feeling quite enamoured by the idea of making a paracord collar of some kind because you like the idea of working with that material, but you can’t help wondering whether there might be a slightly more decorative looking collar design out there? In that case, we’re convinced you’d get along a little better with something like this braided and knotted paracord collar idea featured on Our Dog’s Got a Blog! We like that this one looks a little more like a friendship bracelet.

11. Easy collar flower accessories

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Are you actually still scrolling through our list thinking about how much you’d like to embellish or simply decorate the collars your pets already have but you just haven’t seen a design yet that’s quite as whimsical as you were hoping for? Well, if you’ve ever been a fan of flowers then we think you’ll be rather pleased indeed to see this cute flower embellished collar tutorial courtesy of Kol’s Notes!

12. Scrap fabric collars

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Maybe the idea we’ve caught your attention the best with so far was actually the one that involved making one yourself from complete scratch, but you’re not too bothered about how far or how well it adjusts? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Pointy Snoot made this easy collar using some of the fabric scraps they had in their sewing stash!

13. Hand beaded collar

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Are you actually the kind of crafting enthusiast who adores making very careful, intricate things and who has a lot of patience for small pieces? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this fantastic hand beaded collar a try! Feel free to replicate the visual pattern The Drop Stitch shows you how to make, or use their tutorial to learn the basic techniques but adjust the colours and shapes according to your very own design if you’re feeling up for a bit more of a challenge.

14. Nice leather collar

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Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of upcycling belts in order to make pet collars but you just can’t help wishing the design were a little more classic looking? Then we think you might get along a little better with this tutorial from The Redsmith that teaches you how to do something similar but this time working with thicket leather belts. They’ve got all kinds of tips and tricks for getting the material to work just right for the look.

15. Upcycled lanyard collar

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Of course, belts aren’t the only thing you can upcycle in order to make nice pet collars! Just in case you’re in an upcycling mood but you don’t actually have any belts on hand, here’s another idea from Dollar Store Crafts. Their tutorial shows you how to make it happen using the kind of lanyard you’d usually hang your keys on instead.

Have you made another kind of pet collar before that you were very happy with indeed and that your pet still wears all the time but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!

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Mandefiel Mamora

Basketball fan, traveler, band member, Bauhaus fan and holistic designer. Producing at the sweet spot between aesthetics and intellectual purity to answer design problems with honest solutions.