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Dog Bow Tutorial: Pinwheel Dog Collar Bow

Although long haired dogs are very cute with hair bows, that means dogs with short hair are left out because they can’t wear bows in their hair. However, a bow slid on a collar is something that dogs with any fur length can wear. Best of all, because the bows are not permanently attached to the collar, you can make a bow for every day of the week!

A little note about today’s project: My chihuahua Holly is a very petite 4 pound dog, so I sized my bow to be in proportion to her. The bow is about 3 inches long and will work nicely for any toy breed. For larger size breeds, make larger loops.

You’ll need:

  • A purchased dog collar
  • 20 inches 7/8 inch wide satin ribbon (Dark purple)
  • 2 Mini clear pony tail holders for little girls (find on the hair aisle at any drugstore)
  • Scissors
  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Mini Bowdabra Hair Bow Tool & Ruler
  • Bowdabra Bow Wire
  • Button
  • Hot glue and Glue Gun
  • Wood burning tool, clear nail polish, or fray check for sealing ribbon ends.


1. Cut a piece of Bowdabra Bow Wire 18 inches long. Fold in half and place in the Mini Bowdabra that has the hair bow tool on it.

2. Following the directions on the Mini Bowdabra Hair Bow Tool CD, to make a Quad Pinwheel Bow with 1 1/2 inch loops.

3. Scrunch bow center with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.

4. Leave the bow in the Mini Bowdabra for now. Thread the 2 loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end. Pull the wire tightly so the bow will not fall apart, then remove from the Mini Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the wire and bring them around to the back of the bow. Knot once.

5. Slide 2 clear mini ponytail holders on one end of the wire. Knot both ends of wire in a double knot to secure ponytail holders tightly onto the bow. Clip all wire ends. Back view pictured below.

Front view:

6. Fold a small piece of the ribbon in thirds. You may find it easier to glue the ribbon to keep it folded. Wrap it around the bow center and glue in place. Seal ribbon ends and fluff bow.

7. Glue a button on the bow center.

8.. Slide the finished bow onto the dog collar. Take one ponytail holder and wrap it around to the front of the bow, keeping it close to the bow center. Repeat for other ponytail holder if needed.

9. The collar is now ready to be worn by your furry friend! For safety’s sake, treat this bow as you would anything else you give your dog. Bows should only be worn by your pet when they are supervised.

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