Here is an easy project any dog owner can do. Make a vintage belt (vintage is the
pretty word for old or used) into a dog collar.
I picked up a bunch of belts at a local thrift store for 75 cents each. I did not buy any special tools to make these collars I just used what I had and was able to avoid injury but you could use proper leather crafting tools if you desire.
What you need:
Pencil ( for measuring)
First, take your belt and place it around your pup’s neck. You want to mark where you need to cut it and then again where you want your holes to go. I cut several holes to account for my measuring errors.
Give your dog about two fingers worth of space so the collar fits snuggly where it won’t pull off and loose enough where you aren’t making him uncomfortable.
Next, cut your belt. I used scissors that weren’t really sharp, so I had to switch mid- cut and use a better and more sharper pair. I trimmed the end of my belt so it tapered nicely and looked less-blunt and less homemade.
Then use your scissors to poke your hole. Don’t poke your fingers. Using the correct tool would make this part easier, but getting the correct tool was not easy for me, so I went with the scissors that I already had.
Lastly, you can attach your dog tag onto the belt.
I added a carabiner to Diesel’s collar when I attached his leash. I just take it off when he is off his leash it is kind nice because it is much quieter than the collar he had on before where all of the tags and rings clinked together.
So that is it. So easy! Go now and look in your closet for a belt you like but never wear and hook your doggie up! If you don’t have one, check out a nearby thrift store and find a cool belt that is just yearning to become a dog collar. If you need some great tips for finding your way around s
thrift store, check out this post with some hot tips.
Pictures by Eden Rose Photography