Pet jewelry is beautiful, but it can be expensive. I really wanted a pretty Dog Necklace for my dog Jessie, so I decided to try making one myself. I wanted to save money and create a beautiful Dog Chain Collar like the ones I've been seeing all over the internet! Below is a the simple, inexpensive dog necklace you can make at home, like I did for Jessie.

Dog charms and homemade dog necklace

Dog Necklaces

I have a few cute dog charms I've accumulated over the years, as you can see in the photo above. They're the kind of charms you can easily hook on to your dog's collar. 

I figured I could find some really pretty necklace chains at the craft store for my DIY necklace. An updated chain for my dog charms would elevate their look and create a really special necklace for Jessie. She can wear the necklace for the holidays, for a dog's birthday party, or just to look extra fabulous when guests come over!

Homemade Dog Necklace
DIY Dog Necklace I made for my dog Jessie

This is a really simple, easy to make dog chain necklace your can make yourself for your dog. I went to the craft store and looked in the jewelry making section to find the right chain.

I found a ton of lovely chains, beading, and other materials I could make a dog necklace with. I was able to find the chain I used for my dog's necklace for an incredible $2.99 for a 24 inch chain. What a bargain!

Metal chains available in many lengths at the craft store. These are from Michael's Craft Store

I started by measuring the circumference of my dog's neck, adding at least an inch or two so the necklace had plenty of room and did not fit tightly. The measurement I needed for Jessie's necklace was about 11 inches.  

I then cut the 24 inch length of chain I bought at the craft store to 11 inches. It wasn't difficult to make the cut using a small pair of metal cutting shears I borrowed from my husband - LOL! 

That's basically it! I just attached both ends of the chain together with one of the charms.  With this super simple attachment, it allows me to quickly and easily change out the charms.  You can find all kinds of charms like these at craft stores, pet stores, or online.  They're usually only a few dollars each. 

Here's a short video that shows you the process I used to make my very simple dog chain necklace for my dog Jessie.

If you actually know how to make jewelry, you can add jewelry fasteners, clasps, etc. to make your dog necklace more professional looking. 

Is it safe for dogs to wear necklaces?

VERY IMPORTANT!!  Supervise your dog at all times while wearing this dog chain necklace! This simple homemade chain dog necklace doesn't have the easy break-away clasps a dog collar normally would have.  It also doesn't have elastic or any stretchy material for safety, it's a chain. Therefore, it's important to supervise your dog at all times while she or he is wearing this chain necklace.  

Additionally, you should never attach a leash to a dog chain necklace like this one! This isn't a collar you would use to walk your dog, it is dog jewelry. It's merely a fun, decorative item. Your dog should Not sleep in this chain necklace without your supervision either. If the chain got caught on something, there's no stretch or break away elements to allow your dog to escape the collar.

Look how pretty Jessie looks modeling two of her charms on my DIY Dog Necklace. She's wearing the princess charm and the Christmas stocking charm in these photos.


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Impurrfectlife said...

This is such a clever idea. Boy I'm slow, this whole time I didn't realize "pet jewelry" was a thing! I thought people were dressing their pets using their own jewelry (bracelets, etc) and using them as necklaces for their furry family members. Who knew! Your DIY idea is great and allows for affordability and creativity. Great that you mention safety as I'd think this would be a great idea for pet photo shoots for holidays or birthdays. Thanks for sharing.

LaylasWoof said...

I love love the necklace, have been eyeing it since I first saw it, I want to make one for Layla but with her age am a bit afraid also that she might trip and choke herself, but the seed as been planted in my brain LOL. Jesse looks adorable in it

FiveSibesMom said...

These are so cute and you make it look so easy! Adorable for their birthdays! I know my five wouldn't be able to wear one as they would probably pull it off each other (LOL), but boy I sure could see my Mom's Poodle wearing one! Such a cute idea! Lucky Jessie! Pinning to share!

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