Before you get started, make sure you have at least an hour spare… I thought I could whack this together in 20 minutes, but I was wrong! It takes time, so make sure you are patient. It’s well worth the time and effort though, as these babies really are the cutest accessory for your pup!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
flowers | florist wire | stem wire | floristy tape | pliers | scissors | vase
1. Firstly, I put all the flowers in a vase of water. You want to keep them hydrated, as once they are on the collar they cannot be watered. I found $4.99 bunches of spray carnations at Aldi, and bought 3 bunches (this did me two collars, and I had some left over too!).
2. Measure your dogs neck size. The Stem Wire was easy enough to bend with my hands, so I took a piece and used it to measure Lacey & Pixie’s collar size… remember though, to keep an extra bit on each end to use as hooks. I also made my collars a centimeter or two larger, as once the flowers are wired/taped on, the size of the collar is smaller. Cut the collar to size using the pliers.
3. Lay out your materials (and ensure you have a nice large space to work on). Take the Stem Wire and bend it with your hand into shape. On each end, bend two small hooks, and ensure that they link easily before starting.
4. Then, take the Florist Wire and puncture the base of the flower. Wrap the wire tightly around the flower base until you have completed the whole pod (I started from just under the petals, and wound the wire downwards towards the stem).
5. Next, we want to attach the wired flower to the collar. Using more of the Florist Wire, puncture the flower pod and secure. Then begin to wrap the wire around the collar (very tightly, but be careful not to damage the flower). Using the Floristry Tape, secure the flower by wrapping the tape over the wire and onto the collar.
I should warn you… I started making my collar with the flowers facing away from the hook (as in the picture). But I soon realised that if I had done it with the flower head facing the hook, it would have been MUCH easier to wire/tape!
6. After you have successfully attached your first flower to the collar… repeat, adding flowers as close to each other as possible. I laid all my flowers out to get a good idea how they would fit/look together (it really helped knowing how many flowers to use and which colours to use where).
7. Once you have attached all your flowers to the crown, lift it up carefully and check you don’t have any blank spots that need filling. Fill those spaces (if you had any) and there you have it!
A good little tip… when the flower collar is not in use, pop it in the fridge to keep it hydrated and cool (especially if you plan to use it on your pet outside in the heat). Make sure you take LOTS of photos too! They are just too cute!
My puppies LOVED them (well, they didn’t hate them!)… and they were the perfect addition for Melbourne Cup Day!