5 Ideas for Personalized Dog Collars You’ll Absolutely Love

By Editor

Black dog wearing collars

Dogs, dogs, dogs.

We love them and can’t get enough of them.

Especially as Millennials.

According to Adweek, 44% of Millennials see their pets as their ‘starter children’.

Ali and his girlfriend are a perfect example. They give their little Whippet, Lilly, the first-class treatment. From lamb dinners to organizing their schedules around her.

Ali confesses to not posting as frequently on Instagram because they’re so busy with lil ole Lilly. Their friend even considers Lily Ali’s baby comparing it to her own,

“You’ve had it harder with your puppy than we had with our baby.”

If you’re going to put that much effort into your dog’s comfort, you might as well get them a personalized collar.

Some of the collars out there are kinda bland, but you can design a DIY dog collar that matches your dog’s personality to a T. And we’ve got just the perfect list for you.

Now, before you get anxious over the level of expertise, our list has something for everybody. From beginner to advanced and video tutorials that you can follow along.

Are you going for basic, flashy, or something in between? This is the list you’ve been looking for.

Here are six ideas for personalized dog collars you’ll absolutely love.

Standard Dog Collar

This is the closest you’re going to get to store-bought collars. Although by going the DIY route, you can use the fabric of your choice – from velvet to nylon and leather.

Traditional retailers need to attract the masses, their designs tend to be more basic. (A little too basic if you ask us).

But creating your own design allows you to go crazy.

This video shows you how to make an adjustable dog collar closure.

Learn how to measure your dog’s neck size then accurately cut your materials to size. This is a perfect option for dog lovers with beginner sewing skills to create a special dog collar.

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Skill level: Medium

Did You Know?

41 percent of all pets reported missing are indoor-only pets.

Pets should wear collars at all times because accidents can happen. Your well-trained pet may run out of the house while you’re away. Or someone might leave the door open.

A good collar engraved with your contact details will save you heartache. According to the Animal Humane Society,

“Nationwide, less than 2% of stray cats entering a shelter get reunited with their family and less than 10% of lost dogs return home on their own.”

Serenity Collar

This creative DIY dog collar uses different cords to create a vibrant multi-color dog collar.

We’re sure your dog will stand out with this one.

Zero sewing skills? Not a problem. Just remember your friendship bracelets from back in the day and get started.

In case you go for a multicolored dog collar, remember, for every 12 inches of braid, you will need approximately:

  • 14 ft of the core color
  • 10 ft of each other color

Intricate braiding and a lot of patience, that’s all you need to nail this design.

Skill level: Medium

Paracord Dog Collar


This is the easiest DIY idea on this list.

Paracord is a lightweight rope with nylon qualities. It’s an all-purpose utility cord that makes a strong, unique collar for any dog. Always remember neck size.

How to Wash Your Nylon Collar

When using the washing machine, use a delicate garment bag. When handwashing, do so in a sink with dish soap. Always make sure you lay the collar flat to dry.

6 or 12 Keystone Nylon Collars

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How to Fix A Frayed Collar

Noticing some fraying on the edge of your dog collar? This comes as no surprise as nylon tends to show wear and tear over time.

To stop the fraying, get a lighter, and run a flame over the edge of your collar. Move quickly to avoid burn marks on your dog collar.

Note that the flame may temporarily change colored collars.

All you need for this project are:

  • Your favorite paracord
  • A D-ring
  • A buckle

If you love working with your hands you’ll enjoy this straightforward DIY task.

Speaking of nylon, draw inspiration from our wide range of nylon dog collars

Skill level: Easy

Fun Fact

Paracord was first commissioned by the military. There are, officially, 6 different types of paracord. Most people prefer Type III paracord, commonly known as 550 cord. The strengths vary from 95lb to 750lb.

Upcycled Dog Collar


Upcycle That defines Upcycling as,

“Taking something that’s considered waste and repurposing it. The upcycled item often becomes more functional or beautiful than what it previously was. That’s why it’s called upcycling because the value of the item is increased!”

Contribute to environmental conservation and give your dog a unique makeover. All in one fell swoop.

So think of this project as a step “p-up” in the right direction, get it?

If creativity calls you by name and you frequent thrifts stores, this is perfect for you. We don’t do cookie-cutter collars over here and neither should you.

Note that this collar is more suitable for small and medium-sized dogs who don’t pull often.

Skill level: Easy

Leather Collar


Tried and tested, leather dog collars are perfect for almost all breeds.

Val Heart shares the benefits of leather dog collars:

  • Necessary when training a dog on leash use and obedience.
  • Useful for dogs’ general safety whenever you tie them outside.
  • Tough material means they’re long-lasting.
  • Great for dogs who love to play in the water and light enough for the kids to hitch a ride.
  • It has a better grip and is less slippery which comes in handy in the summer and winter.
  • Generally more flexible so it’s more comfortable for the person holding the leash.

Leather Maintenance and Care

beige leather dog collar

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We can already tell you’re feeling a little intimidated by leather but hold it right there. It just takes practice and a little bit of guidance.

Here are a few more tips on handling leather so that you feel more confident about choosing this project.

Cleaning unfinished leather:

  1. Avoid using water to clean.
  2. Apply saddle soap into the leather using a dry, soft cloth.
  3. Next, wipe away the soap with a clean, dry cloth.
  4. When it’s fully dry, rub leather wax on the collar.

Cleaning finished leather:

  1. With a damp cloth, use mild dish detergent to wipe off dirt and mud.
  2. Go for a stiff-bristled brush with detergent for more stubborn stains.
  3. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove all soap and residue.
  4. Use a soft cloth to buff it till its shiny.  Apply a preservative or conditioner for extra protection then repeat.

Skill level: Medium

Why Should You Choose Personalized Dog Collars?

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A safe dog is a happy dog.
And we all love a happy dog right?
One surefire way to keep dogs safe is adding emergency contact details onto their collar.

Lucky for you, we have Jingle-Free Tag collars with up to five lines for tag information. Choose from an assortment of colors that match your dog’s personality.

Also, in case your dog is more on the anxious side, tie a yellow ribbon on their collar for added safety.

At 2 Hounds Design, we like our dogs comfortable, stylish, and safe.

Shop from our wide range of dog collars today.

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