Last week, I showed you how to make these leafy cuff bracelets.
I thought I'd add a quick tutorial using the same simple method, to embellish something quite different...and suggest a small good deed you might like to consider.
Every so often, at the dollar store, I come across a pile of good quality pet collars and leashes. Like these, a recent score -
Whenever I find them in stock I buy as many as I can, to donate to my favorite rescue shelter. They ALWAYS need them. Every donated collar means $5 or $6 the shelter doesn't have to spend buying a new one. And it only costs me a buck! What a great way to make an impact for very little money.
If you have (or know of) a sweet pup or kitty who would look smashing in some fine, custom embellished neckwear, find a plain collar and try this super easy project.
First you need to make two holes in the collar. Use something pointy, but not deadly sharp. I used a BBQ skewer. Gently work the point through the woven strapping, spreading the fibers until you have made a hole. You can usually do it without even breaking any threads.
String some cord or plastic lacing through the two holes. Then layer on your creative embellishments. Ideally, they'll be drool-resistant. I used silk flowers, puffy paint, felt and a button.
Tie a secure knot in the middle - apply the finished collar to the critter of your choice - and wait for the compliments!
I know a miniature Aussie named Simon who would love this one. (He's a lover, you see, not a fighter.)
And an Irish redhead of my acquaintance (her name is Ginger) would totally rock this orange and green one:
So next time you happen upon a collar for a dollar - why not buy two? One for your own critter, and one to donate to the shelter nearest you.