Making Your Own Dog Collar: 26 Free DIY Dog Collar Ideas

Dog collars are a great way to add character and style to your pet’s attire. While you can always grab a cute dog collar from the pet store or even online, making your own at home is much more fun and creative.

If you are not sure how to get started making a collar for your dog, our list of 26 personalized dog collar ideas is a great place to start.

How To Make Your Own Fun Personalized Dog Collar

Making dog collars is not very difficult. All you need is some bright and cheerful fabric or ribbons, sewing tools, and a whole lot of imagination. You can create stunning collars for everyday use or collars that match the season. If you have an hour to spare and want to work on a fun crafting project, a personalized dog collar is a perfect choice.

Remember to measure twice, cut once and to use a leash and collar size chart to calculate the right fit for your pup.

Get to it, have some fun at making a dog collar and get inspired by this huge collection of customized dog collars. 

1. DIY Leather Dog Collar & Leash

Making Your Own Dog Collar & Leash

Leather dog collars are both classic and sturdy, but the really good ones can end up costing a pretty penny. Instead of shelling out your weekend budget on a collar, why not use this DIY idea and create your own? You can pick your own colors, embellishments, and even buckle colors to match your pooch and your aesthetics.

Check out how to recreate this DIY leather dog collar and leash on LiaGriffith.

2. Pom Pom and Bow Tie Dog Collar and Leash Set

Do you have a special event coming up and want to take your furry friend with you? If so, instead of shelling out for a costume, create a pompom dog collar that matches your outfit instead. For the guys, you can use a bow tie to match your outfit making your leash the perfect accessories.

You can find the full dog collar tutorial on Sew4Home.

3. Wood Bead and Tassel Garland Dog Collar

Tassels and beads are not just for the curtains, transform your favorite embellishments into cute dog collars for your favorite family friend. With just a couple if materials and a little bit of time, you can create a unique collar for your dog that will help it stand out from the crowd.

You can find the tutorial for this classy dog collar below.

4. Designer Dog Collar Tutorial

A brightly colored fabric dog collar

With a sewing machine and a few other materials, you can make a designer dog collar that fits your mood and your pet's personal aesthetics. Perfect for all-size dogs and easy enough to make in less than two hours, there is no limit to the number of personalized collars you can make with this design.

Check out how to recreate this custom colorful dog collar on CountryBrookDesign.

5. Free DIY Adjustable Dog Collar Tutorial

DIY Adjustable Dog Collar

Pets grow and even when they are done they can gain weight depending on their diet. When it comes to dog collars the more adjustments you can make the better. This simple blueprint and easy-to-follow guide will teach you how to make an adjustable collar for your pet out of your favorite fabrics. 

You can find this DIY adjustable dog collar tutorial on Stitchin’ Post and video instructions (here).

6. Personalized Colorful Dog Collar

Personalized Dog Collar DIY

Making a personalized dog collar is easier than you think. All you need is a short length of your favorite colorful fabric, collar links, and a sewing machine. You can do this on your own or with the kids for a great weekend family activity.

Learn how to make this personalized dog collar on HalifaxDogVentures.

7. Step by Step How To Make Your Dog Collar

Goldendoodle wears finished dog collar

When you are in the mood for a weekend project that is also easy enough to do without much planning, this dog collar design will come in handy. Perfect for kids and beginners alike, you can craft your dog collar in just a few simple steps.

Check out how to recreate this collar on TailsofConnection.

8. Flower DIY Dog Collar

DIY Dog Collar Flower

For those who have a pooch who enjoys the finer things in life, why not create a classy dog collar to match their personality. The modern look paired with a sleek design will turn heads every time you take your pet out for a walk.

You can find this classy diy dog collar on MarthaSteward.

9. How To Make a Dog Collar & Leash Tutorial

Dog wearing a homemade dog collar and leash set

Buying a leash and collar every time your old one breaks or gets lost can get expensive, so why not personalize one instead? With a few bits of material and a little bit of time, you can make a collar and leash as unique as your pet.

Check out how to recreate this collar on SailRite and video-tutorial (here).

10. No-Sew Pet Bandana Dog Collar

Bandana collar for a dog or a cat

Sewing is not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can make something nice for your dog. With a bandana and a little patience, you can create a cloth collar that is cute and durable.

You can find this inexpensive DIY bandana collar tutorial on CraftsUnleashed.

11. Make a DIY Leather Dog Collar

Owner with Pitbull dog fitting a leather handmade dog collar

For big dogs and small dogs alike a leather collar can create a distinguished look that sets them apart from the pack. Follow this easy-to-understand guide to create a leather collar that matches your dog's personality. 

Learn how to make this cool custom handmade leather dog collar on MakeZine.

12. DIY Dog Collars With Matching Bracelets

Dogs are a man’s, or woman’s best friend, so why not create a matching collar and friendship bracelet to share your connection with the world?

Check out how to recreate this DIY friendship bracelet dog collar on TheBrokeDog.

13. Custom Bling Dog Collar

A white leather dog collar with colorful rhinestones and a bling buckle

Some pets are little princes and princesses and what better way to show the world than with a dazzling, blinged-out collar. With colorful jewels to match your personal aesthetic, this glittery collar tutorial is sure to be a hit.

Learn how to personalize this budget-friendly DIY dog collar project on SheKnows.

14. How To Make Braided Dog Collars

DIY Braided Dog Collar Using Paracord

If you are not crafty with a sewing machine or simply don’t want to invest in one, this braided dog collar tutorial will come in handy. This is much easier to do than sewing and even if you never learned to braid, you can master this project with little effort.

Learn how to personalize this durable braided dog collar with paracord for durability on EverydayDishes.

15. DIY Leather Dog Collar

Cute DIY Flower Patterned Dog Collar

Leather is one of the best material choices when it comes to dog collars. It lasts for a long time, and it is highly resistant to chewing and wear and tear.

To make your own in just a few simple steps, then check out how to recreate this custom-painted leather pet collar on LifeandDog.

16. Cotton and Nylon Collar in 4 Sizes

Free Dog Collar Pattern

Dogs come in all sizes and so do their collars. This easy-to-follow pattern dog collar tutorial will help you to create collars for your pets in a variety of sizes using an existing-plain dog collar, fabric of choice, nylon webbing and one of each of the following: quick release side buckle, d-ring, and slider.

You can find the full dog collar tutorial on PatchworkandPodles.

17. 10 Minute DIY Fabric Dog Collar 

3 colorful custom dog colors make out of fabric

If you only have 10 minutes to spare but want to create a cute collar for your furry friend out of fabric, this quick guide is just what you need. Choose from a variety of fabric colors and in 10 minutes you can be headed out the door for your afternoon walk with a new collar.

Learn how to make dog collars out of fabric on this post on WoodberryWay or watch the entire process on Ali's Instragram highlights (here). 

18. How to Make Dog Collars out of Ribbon

matched DIY dog collar and leash out of fabric on a black dog

For small dogs, nothing is cuter than collars made out of delicate ribbons. This quick guide will show you how to make a custom collar out of ribbon you already have at home.

Learn how to personalize this matched dog collar and leash set tutorial on MayArts.

19. Easy Adjustable Homemade Dog Collar

If you are tired of purchasing a new collar every time one breaks, consider recycling the hardware by making new adjustable collars on your own. All you need is a roll of webbing and the clasps from any of your dog's old collars to get started.

Learn how to create your own dog collar on Instructables.

20. Easy DIY Adjustable Dog Collar

A finished adjustable dog collar

Adjustable dog collars are a great way to keep your pet secure on their leash without making them uncomfortable. This easy-to-follow guide will help you make customized collars in a few steps.

Get this an in-depth dog collar design tutorial and supplies required on StayingClosetoHome.

21. Fun DIY Adjustable Dog Collar

How to Make a DIY Adjustable Dog Collar

If you are looking for a fun activity to keep the kids busy this weekend, this DIY dog collar activity is sure to be a delight. Perfect for little hands and adult crafters alike create a stunning collar for your furry friend today.

Get this adjustable dog collar idea and full tutorial on TheSpruceCrafts.

22. DIY Flower Dog Collar

DIY Flower Dog Collar Tutorial

Bring out the inner flower child in your fluffy friend with this creative flower dog collar tutorial. Perfect for small dogs and lapdogs this cute idea is sure to be a crowd favorite especially on a special occasion like a wedding! 

Get the blueprint on this floral dog collar on StarsForStreetLights.

23. Rainbow Paracord Dog Collar DIY

A cute and colorful diy paracord dog collar with id tags

Celebrate diversity or just enjoy your love of colors with this easy-to-make braided rainbow dog collar. Easy to make for all levels of DIY crafter this dog collar project is guaranteed to be a delight.

Learn how to personalize this paracord dog collar on HandsOccupied.

24. How To Make a Wedding Dog Collar

DIY Floral Dog Collar

Pets are a big part of our lives, so it makes sense to want to include our furry friends on one of the most important days of our lives. Instead of searching for a doggy dress or tux online, create a coordinated wedding dog collar that will match your wedding party's color scheme.

Check out how to recreate this floral wedding diy pet collar on GreenWeddingShoes.

25. DIY Bohemian Collar Tutorial Dog

When you were a kid, did you love crafting braided bracelets for your friends? If so, you can do the same for your little furry friend. With this tutorial, you will learn how to make a collar in bohemian style in a variety of unique colors that your pet will love. 

26. DIY Boho Pom Pom Dog Collar

Cute Bohemian Dog Collar

Do you want to add a little color to your pet without the fuss of a brightly colored collar? If so, this simple Boho Pom Pom dog collar is just what you may be looking for. Pick out your favorite base color and pompoms to create a unique collar to match any outfit.

You can find the full pet collar design blueprint, supplies required and tutorial on SewHistorically.

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