Introduction: How to Make an Inexpensive Dog Collar.

Do you have a big dog and always wanted one of those nice looking leather-studded collars except you don't really want to pay the $100+ (or just can't afford to pay so much) for a stupid collar?  Well this instructables will show you how to make one yourself (cheaply) using an old belt and other ordinary house hold items. 

Step 1: Step 1: What You Need

Before we start you need to gather some thing.
1. A belt
2. Scissors
3. Sturdy wire
4. A lighter
5. 1 large and sharp needle (big enough for the wire to fit through the hole)

Step 2: Step 2: Choosing a Belt.

Choosing a belt is pretty much crucial, you want one that doesn't have stiching on the sides.  The reason for that is that because once you cut it, it will start to come undone and will look ugly.  It could be remedied in a few ways, like gluing them down, or taking out a few stiches before cutting then tieing them off but that is a pain and I personally don't like to deal with silly annoyances like that.  If you could get a belt with holes in it (like in the intro pic) that makes it much easier too.

Pleather, leather or fabric...  The material of the belt doesn't really matter much since you should not use it to walk your dog,  I can not gaurantee that it will hold it.

Step 3: Step 3: Measuring and Cutting.

Now that we have everything we need, we need to measure how big the collar is going to be.  Using your dogs neck is the easiest way to do this.  Measure to where you like it, loose or tight (but not too tight, don't choke the poor thing) make sure you over lap it a bit also. (see image)

Once it has been measured, you need to cut it.  Use a nice pair of scissors that can cut throught the material you are using.  Once it has been cut, put it on your dogs neck again to make sure it will look good.  Now depending on what material you used, take the lighter and burn the end so that it looks nice and doesn't fray. (this doesn't work on all material)

Step 4: Step 4: Finishing Up

If there is extra length to the collar, depending on if you want to make the collar looser in the future, you can either cut it shorter or add an extra flap holder thingy.  To do that, cut a small piece from the leftovers and then use the wire and needle to sew it on to the collar.  Keep in mind that you don't want the wire to sitck out and and harm the dog,  Use a pretzle method to stich it on but don't touch the top. Tie and twist off the wire underneath.

Now that you have pretty much finished it, all you have to do is add some holes to the end using the needle or a hole punch and there you go, you have a snazzy new collar for you dog that looks like you spent a ton!  Enjoy, have fun and please be careful when using the sharp and pointy tools!!!!

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