I've always loved the dazzle of the Kentucky Derby. Though I'll admit that my fandom doesn't extend much beyond the crazy horse names, over-the-top sun hats and mint juleps. Will you be watching this weekend? Just for fun, we're sharing a DIY Garland of Roses dog collar. Have you ever seen the real Garland? It's pretty stunning!
To DIY a Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses Dog Collar, you'll need:
- 1 sheet of felt (we used red)
- 1 bundle of fake leaves
- 2 bundles of fake mini roses or a similar red flower
- About 10" of red ribbon
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue gun
Begin by preparing the dog collar slide. We used a method similar to this one to make the slide. Simply trim the felt sheet, so that it's at least the length and three times the width of your dog's collar. Pierogi and Gilly both wear medium sized collars, so we trimmed our felt sheets to a size of about 5.5" x 9. Then, fold the trimmed felt in half and hot glue (just a thin line) the open end shut.
Next, snip off the leaves at each branch and hot glue the leaves on the felt. Allow the leaves to extend past the edges of the felt so that they will still be seen after the next step...
Next, snip off the flowers as close to the base as possible - this will allow the flowers to be arranged evenly. For our size collar slide, we used 12 flowers. Hot glue the flowers in two rows, directly on top of the layer of leaves. Then, slide your dog's collar in and fasten it. Make any necessary adjustments and add more hot glue where needed. Finally, tie a bow with the ribbon and glue it in the center of the collar slide.
Brb...we're going off to the races!
Oh, and a quick story about horses! When Pierogi was in puppy class, our instructor gave us a socialization checklist, which we took very seriously :) The checklist suggested somewhere around 50 different senses that we should familiarize our puppy with, including: a kid riding a skateboard, a man with a beard, a woman wearing a hat, fireworks, loud traffic, other puppies, senior dogs and...horses! We were able to accomplish most things on that list, except the horses. Horses don't exactly run wild in our suburbs, so we thought we were going to have to let that one item go. That was until last year's Memorial Day parade. There, we sat on the sidelines having a good time under the sun, when a police horse rode up and Mike and I went nuts! We were so excited for Pierogi to finally see a horse.
Woof! (Hey, there!) Pierogi, Gilly and Sarah here. Thanks for stopping by our dog blog. We're a little dog-obsessed around here and Pierogi & Co. is all about inspiring you to enjoy the dog days. Because life's more fun with your best (furry) friend by your side. So grab a bone and follow along as we stop to sniff the flowers...