Make this super-easy and super-adorable Dog of Honor necklace #Fashion DIY#tutorial#wedding dogs March 20 2014 | Guest post by Jessalyn Marley May, our seven-year-old rescue pitbull-whippet mix has offered her services as Dog of Honor for our upcoming nuptials. She wanted a special necklace to let our guests know her important status, so I made her one with burlap, ribbon, and silk flowers. It took about an hour to make and she's so goshdarn adorable with it on, I can hardly stand it! Our wedding will be outdoors at a private yoga retreat in East Texas, so we're going for a rustic, laid back vibe. For Marley's necklace, I decided to use burlap and turquoise ribbon, but any fabric would work. Here's how you can recreate this Dog of Honor necklace for your own pooch… Materials Burlap, or any fabric you want to use. (Side note: burlap likes to fray when cut so you might want to use some sort of non-fraying stuff. I didn't, but I know that it exists and is most likely available at any craft store.) Rotary cutter, or scissors Ribbon, long enough to tie around your pup's neck Fake flowers Wire cutters, or pliers Glue gun Acrylic paint Small paintbrush Step 1: Using your rotary cutter, cut out a triangle of fabric. Marley is medium-sized, so my triangle was about six inches wide by seven inches long. Step 2: Practice your lettering on a scrap piece of paper that's the same size as your triangle to make sure your spacing is good. You could use stencils if you have them, but I just did it free-hand. Using your acrylic paint and paintbrush, paint your letters on your burlap. I did one coat, let it dry, then came back for a second coat. Drying time took about 30 minutes each coat. Step 3: Measure out your ribbon by chasing your dog around the house for 10 minutes. Make sure to leave enough ribbon to tie it around your dog's neck. Alternatively, you could measure out enough ribbon to go around your dog's collar and hot glue it to the collar if you wanted. Lucky for us, Marley doesn't stray too far off leash, so we're not worried about the collar situation on the wedding day. Related Post Dressing up the gun show: How to add a rolled cuff embellishment to a men’s shirt Long sleeves aren't always a good plan for a man's shirt. Most nice dress shirts seem to come in that too short or too long... Read more Step 4: Hot glue your burlap triangle to the ribbon. Step 5: Grab your flowers. (I used small turquoise flowers.) Using your wire cutters or pliers, cut off the flowers from the stem, and try to cut them so no wire is poking out. The flowers I got worked like a dream and popped right off without any wire left. You don't want any pokey wires on your pup! Step 6: Choose where you want your flowers. I put a couple on the ribbon, and then two on the bottom of the pennant. With burlap, you can easily poke the flower through the small holes and hot glue on both sides of the burlap to make sure they stay in place. Step 7: Adorn your dog with her fancy-pants necklace and admire her like any proud parent. This is a super-easy and super-adorable way to spiff up your dog, if you're including them in your ceremony! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Jessalyn I'm a 27-year-old marrying my fiancé in October! We have two rescue dogs who make our house a home and couldn't imagine our wedding day without them there! We're having a laid-back, small wedding at a private yoga retreat in the piney woods of East Texas full of vegan food, jalapeno margaritas, and karaoke! PREVIOUS Display your travel photos at your reception NEXT Wedding styles for Natural Hair and locs Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] That is adorable! Your dog looks just like our old pitbull. Reply Thank you!!! She normally doesn't appreciate it when I dress her up (she once ate her halloween shark costume) so I thought this was an easy way to show her off! 🙂 Reply Ahhhhh that's so cute! If my dogs were allowed in our ceremony venue, I'd totes make this for them! Maybe I'll make them "My parents just married!" necklaces for them and take them out to Petsmart/Petco the day after. Definitely saving this tutorial. What a beautiful pooch! Reply What a gorgeous girl! Fellow rescued pittie mama here 🙂 I wish you the happiest wedding day ever–"laid-back, small wedding at a private yoga retreat in the piney woods of East Texas full of vegan food, jalapeno margaritas, and karaoke!" sounds like my dream come true! Reply Beautiful and a great idea! I'm in the UK and getting married in August 2015, this is perfect for my two dogs of honor 😉 Thanks for the idea! Have a lovely day xx Reply "you might want to use some sort of non-fraying stuff. I didn't, but I know that it exists and is most likely available at any craft store." (Costumer Hat On) It's called "Fray Stop" and yes, any craft/fabric store, because it's a good thing to have in your "Oh Shit Kit" for day-of emergencies. You can also use "Fabritack" which is kind of designed to be superglue for fabric for fast repairs but would work to glue on flowers, etc. as well. Fabritack will show on the edges of something like burlap, though, so Fray Stop (or just plain ol' clear nail polish) would probably be best. (Costumer Hat Off) Pit bull and Whippet. So she's a Pippet? Or a Whit Bull? 😉 I kid because I love pibbles and help run a rescue for bully types. Sadly, no dogs at our ceremony, though. The cat that owns the venue has put the Fear of Bast into every dog in the neighborhood, including the two Rottweilers that live across the street. Congrats on your wedding and your beautiful pibble girl! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.