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Make This Classy DIY Cat Collar

diy cat Collar
Last Updated on December 6, 2023 by Catster Editorial Team

I was looking for a way to help my cats glam it up during the holidays. I found this fun project while playing around on Pinterest. These collars are super easy to make, and your cat will look extra special this holiday season.

What you’ll need:

  • Recycled children’s collared shirt (I had fun scouring thrift stores for just the right shirt)
  • Seam ripper
  • Craft glue (optional)
  • Embellishments like fabric trim, ribbon, etc. (optional)


  1. Measure your cat’s neck. (My cat Agatha’s neck measures 11 inches, so I took along a tape measure while shirt shopping to make sure it would fit.)
  2. Use the seam ripper to unpick the collar from the shirt at the neckline. You can also just cut the collar off, but this will leave you with a frayed, unfinished edge.
  3. I kept mine plain, but you can also include an extra touch of fun with fabric trim or ribbon.
  4. That’s it! Just button the collar around your cat’s neck — and get your phone camera ready!

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About the Author

Annie Butler Shirreffs
Annie Butler Shirreffs
Annie Butler Shirreffs has worked in the pet industry for more than 20 years and is currently the executive editor of Catster magazine and contributing editor on Dogster magazine. A cat lover since she was a little girl, she has always had feline friends in her life. She and her husband share their Southern California home with their four cats, Agatha, Mathilda, Jack and Marty, and an ever-changing clowder of foster kittens, all of whom enjoy being testers for cool, new products.

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