3 Truly Easy Ways To Jazz Up A Pet Collar

By Maya Marin

How can you switch up your pet's day-to-day look without breaking the bank? By creating simple (yet chic) collar decor on the cheap! We can't wait to show you how.

Easy DIY pet collar decor: bandana, collar sleeves, and howtie
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Check out how easy it is to create a fun faux bandana, fabric collar sleeves, and a dapper bowtie. Not only are all of these looks incredibly easy to achieve, they're totally removable and interchangeable, so no need to buy multiple collars. Simply slip them on your cutie's favorite collar and you'll have yourself one fashion-forward fur kid!

Faux (Slip-On) Bandana

Things You'll Need

  1. Square piece of fabric (approximately 8 x 8 inches, depending on desired size. Adjust as needed.)
  2. Fabric glue (clear drying)
DIY slip-on faux bandana for pet collar.
credit: Maya Marin

Step 1:

Apply glue to the back of one of the corners of your fabric, then fold up the corner, and press it down as shown in the images below.

Gluing fabric for slip-on faux bandana for pet collar.
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Gluing fabric for slip-on faux bandana for pet collar.
credit: Maya Marin

Repeat on the opposite corner.

Step 2:

Apply glue on the back side of two adjacent edges of the fabric (see below), avoiding the glued-down corners.

Gluing fabric for slip-on faux bandana for pet collar.
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Fold the fabric in half diagonally from corner to corner to adhere the two halves together. You should have formed a triangular shape with two squared corners.

Gluing fabric for slip-on faux bandana for pet collar.
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Step 3:

To prevent the raw edges of your fabric from fraying, apply a little bit of fabric glue evenly along the edges and lightly wipe away any excess.

Sealing edges of faux pet bandana.
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Sealing edges of faux pet bandana.
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Let all glue dry.

Step 4:

Once the glue is set, slip the collar through space at the fold — and you're good to go!

Slipping faux bandana onto pet collar.
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DIY slip-on faux bandana for pet collar.
credit: Maya Marin

Interchangeable Collar Sleeves

Interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars
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Things You'll Need:

  1. Thin, lightweight fabric (e.g. muslin)
  2. Apparel trim of your choice (I used a mini pom-pom trim and thick ribbon)
  3. Fabric glue (clear drying)

Step 1:

Cut fabric to fit the collar's length, taking care to not cover up the buckle holes. The fabric's width should be approximately three times the width of the collar.

Materials for interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars
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Step 2:

Hem the short edges by applying fabric glue to them and folding over as shown.

Finishing edges of interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars
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Finishing edges of interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars
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Step 3:

Now, you're going to make a fabric tube to which you'll glue your trim. Start by folding up 1/3 of the fabric lengthwise.

Gluing fabric for interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars.
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Apply glue to the other edge, and then fold it over on top of the first fold. Press down and your tube is complete. Before the glue completely sets, slip the bare tube onto the collar to test the fit. Adjust as needed.

Gluing fabric for interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars.
credit: Maya Marin
Gluing fabric for interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars.
credit: Maya Marin

Step 4:

Cut trim to the length of your tube, then glue it on.

Cutting trim for  interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars
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interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars
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If your trim is thin (like the pom trim shown below), apply two or three lengths to the tube to widen the decorative portion of your sleeve.

Interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars
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Let glue dry, and then slip it onto the collar. Check out your awesome handiwork!

Interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars
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Variety is the spice of life, so why not make a bunch of 'em?

Interchangeable decorative sleeves for pet collars
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Tip: If using ribbon or any other trim that will fray, apply a bit of fabric glue to the cut edges to seal, as shown below.

Gluing edge of ribbon trim to prevent fraying.
Applying fabric glue to edge of ribbon trim to prevent fraying.
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Slip-on Bowtie

DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
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Things You'll Need:

  1. Fabric
  2. Fabric glue (clear drying)

Step 1:

Cut two pieces of fabric: one approximately 8 x 4 inches and the other approximately 4 x 2 inches. Size up or down, depending on the bowtie size you'll need. Note that it will be easy to trim down your fabric as you go along.

Fabric pieces for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
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Step 2:

Take the larger piece of fabric and fold it up lengthwise.

Gluing fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
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Apply glue to the folded edge, and then fold the top edge down, as shown below.

Gluing fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
credit: Maya Marin

Step 3:

Fold the left edge of the fabric to meet the center, and glue it in place.

Gluing fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
credit: Maya Marin
Gluing fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
credit: Maya Marin

Repeat with the right edge. Your piece of fabric should now look like this.

Gluing fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
credit: Maya Marin

These folds also show you the final width of your bowtie. So adjust the folds if you'd like the bowtie bigger or smaller.

Step 4:

Take your smaller piece of fabric and apply glue to the top and bottom edges.

Gluing fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
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Fold the top edge down, and the bottom edge up, and then press in place.

Gluing fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
credit: Maya Marin

Step 5:

You're now going to form a bow with your larger piece of fabric. Flip over the fabric so that the glued seam is underneath. Then, starting from the top edge, do a fan fold three times, from top down at the center.

Folding fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
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Folding fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
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Dab a dot of glue inside between the two fan folds in the front, as shown. Pinch the center to hold.

Folding fabric for DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
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Step 6:

While still pinching the bow, use your other hand to dab a dot of glue on the center front of the bow.

Assembling DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
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Take the smaller piece of fabric and press the center of it onto the dab of glue. If you adjusted the width of your bowtie earlier, you might find that this center piece is now too wide or too thin for your bowtie. Simply undo the folds before the glue has set, refold and/or trim the fabric, and then re-glue.

Assembling DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
credit: Maya Marin

Step 7:

You're now going to wrap the smaller piece of fabric around the center of the bow and glue the ends together at the back. This piece will be the bow's "knotted" center. Turn your bow around and trim off any excess length from the smaller piece of fabric before gluing. Take care to NOT attach this piece of fabric to the back side of the bow as you did at the front. Simply glue the two ends to each other. You'll need to leave a space at the back between this center piece and the bow itself through which you can insert the collar.

Assembling DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
credit: Maya Marin
Assembling DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie.
credit: Maya Marin

Step 8:

Once the glue is dry, slip it onto the collar through the space you left unglued.

DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie
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Done! Put it on your pet and enjoy your fur baby's dapper new look.

DIY no-sew slip-on pet bowtie
credit: Maya Marin

Have you tried any of these collar upcycle tutorials? Share images in the comment section!