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You may have seen some really amazing “friendship bracelets” for you and your dog from companies like Friendship Collar or Bearytail Leather Company, but are itching for something a little more personal. With just some simple materials and a few minutes, you can make your very own DIY friendship bracelet collars!
DIY Friendship Bracelet Collars
You Will Need:
- One Dog Collar for Your Dog and One Small Collar for Your Wrist: I bought the OmniPet Luxe Leather Dog Collar in Jade from Amazon. I chose this style because it comes in a variety of sizes and I liked the colored leather. For my wrist, I purchased the 1/2″ X 10″ size and, for Henry, I chose the 3/4″ X 16″ size. Feel free to use any other dog collar you choose, as long as there is a size that you can wear on your wrist and a size to fit your dog.
- Embroidery Floss: You can find individual skeins from your local craft store, or can purchase a large multi-pack from Amazon. You will probably only need one skein of each color.
- Glue: If using a leather collar, I recommend looking for a leather-specific glue like Alene’s Leather and Suede Glue. You can also use a glue gun or Tacky Glue, which is what I used because I had it on hand.
- Marker or White Chalk Pencil
- A Ruler
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1.) Decide on Pattern and Mark Collar
Lay out your floss in the order that you would like it to appear on the final products. Subtly mark where you would like each color band placed using a marker or pencil. This step isn’t mandatory, but will make the next steps easier. I made each band 1/2″ wide for Henry’s collar and 1/4″ wide for my bracelet.
2.) Start Gluing
Dab a tiny glue bead where you would like a floss band to start. Carefully press the end of your first floss color into the glue.
Wrap your floss around the collar, stopping when you’ve reached the desired width.
Glue the thread end to the back of the wrapped band, making sure to completely cover the tip so that it stays in place.
Repeat steps 2-4, alternating colors in whichever pattern your choose. Then, do the same on the other collar. You may want to wait for each color to dry before moving to the next one — this prevents a little mess!
6.) Wait and Wear
Wait for the glue to dry, then wear away!
Try it Out!
Easy, right? This project probably took me a half hour or so, and I now have a fully-custom matching set for me and Henry. You can also shop pet and discount stores for cheaper nylon collars if you prefer, and save even more money! Plus, this project is perfect to reflect your favorite team or school pride: simply choose the coordinating colors for the collar and embroidery floss!
Which colors would you use? Let us know in the comments!