Today’s looking up for Phoebe. Yesterday wasn’t so fun:
But today, her face has returned to it’s normal level of goofy, and she is feeling quite fantastic. So we decided to celebrate with a puppy flower collar.
This tutorial harkens back to my floral design days when we’d do floral collars for dogs who got to be in the wedding party (which is pretty much my favorite thing ever). They’re so simple to make, and as long as you have a tolerant dog, they’re pretty easy to wear (I should note here that not all dogs will be a fan of this, so proceed with caution. Also, be sure to select flowers that are non-toxic–I cannot stress this enough. Roses, marigolds, daisies, snapdragons, small sunflowers, coneflowers, etc. are all choices that are non-toxic and also hold up well in this sort of application-ie, won’t get too floppy too soon. Also herbs–herbs are great for this).
Start off by measuring your pet’s neck, and then add about two inches to that measurement. Now cut that amount of thin craft wire, and twist a small loop at one end:
Select your flowers and cut them right at the top of the stem so that the blossom has zero stem.
Now, carefully poke the wire through the base of the bud and out the other side. Sometimes it’s helpful to use a pin to sort of ‘pre-drill’ through the flower before poking the wire through.
Slide the blossom on down, and repeat until you have filled the length with about an inch to spare.
Now, place the collar on your victim and feed the loose wire end through the looped wire end and secure.
I should also note that an optional and very pretty way to attach the collar is to start with a slightly shorter wire length, put a wire loop at each end of the wire, and then attach short lengths of ribbon to each end. These can then easily be tied together to secure around your pet’s neck:
This was, incidentally, the method I used to make Millie’s pretty little necklace last spring (some of you might remember):
But the Feebster didn’t seem to mind her collar too much. She knows it goes well with her non-swollen face.
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