Have you ever celebrated Mardi Gras? Mike and I visited New Orleans for the first time last year, but we just missed the big celebration. We're planning to attend a doggie version of Mardi Gras this year and that will be the closest any of us will have gotten :) When we were in New Orleans, we picked up some souvenirs including, Hurricane mix for Mike and I and a King Cake dog toy and fabric bandana with a Mardi Gras pattern for Pierogi. Pierogi has since outgrown that little bandana and we couldn't leave Gill out so, we designed Mardi Gras Bead Bandanas to celebrate this year's festivities. Here's how we made them...
Craft store shopping list:
- Fabric scrap that's at least the length and 3 times the width of your dog's collar (Note that the fabric should be stiff enough to withhold the weight of beads)
- Mardi Gras beads! (We used about 6 bead strands for a neck circumference of about 12 inches)
- VELCRO circle stickers (not wider than the width of your dog's collar)
- Extra strength glue stick and glue gun
- Finishing embellishments, like a large crown bead, if you'd like
Start by making a collar slip. Cut your fabric scrap, so that it's at least the length and 3 times the width of your dog's collar. The fabric will show, so now's your chance to use up your snazziest fabric scrap!
If the edges of the fabric aren't perfect, like our scrap, fold the sides in and secure with hot glue.
Then, lay the collar in the middle of the fabric piece and place several VELCRO sets on either side of the collar. To perfectly align the VELCRO sets, stick one side down, attach the opposite side and then evenly fold the fabric over the collar.
A complete collar slip should like the above.
Next, create a bandana template by laying the collar on a piece of paper and drawing a bandana shape/triangle below the collar.
Cut out the template and place it below the collar to use as a guide. Begin cutting the necklaces to varying lengths that follow the pattern of the bandana template. Create a color pattern with the beads - or don't. Secure each line of beads to the collar slip with a dot of hot glue.
A complete bead bandana should look similar to the above. We went for a random color pattern.
Let the good times roll!
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