For the longest time we didn't really have the need for a cat collar for our pets. Our first cat, Charlie, mostly stayed indoors, and when she timidly ventured outside, she always stayed within a few feet of the safety of the porch. However, when we got our second cat, Mac, we quickly realized that our fearless-natured second kitty was not about to let the porch, or the fence, keep him from checking out the neighborhood. I was really worried that he was either going to get lost or that someone was going to pick him up, assume he was a stray, and keep him (he's very friendly). So, it seemed time that we get him a collar so that he could explore a bit of the turf, but still have the markings of a cat that has an owner somewhere nearby.
We've had a rather sad black nylon collar for him for the last year, and it seemed time to upgrade his look with something a bit cooler. It felt like every time I put it on him, he would look at me with this, "Really, Mom? I have to wear this ugly thing?" sort of a look. Since I'm a bit obsessed with making hand-stamped jewelry for myself (like this and this piece), I thought it would be a good look for Mac as well. And it's totally normal to match with your cat, isn't it?!?
We're working with the nice folks over at Fancy Feast again on this post, as they're launching their new Broths with Chicken (I think Mac is getting a little spoiled). It's mostly dog people here at ABM, so it's been fun dreaming up these little cat DIYs as part of the #WaysToWow campaign.
Also as part of our partnership, Fancy Feast is making an additional donation to Humane America Animal Foundation (behind Adopt-a-pet.com), who helps homeless pets get out of shelters and into loving homes. As you know, shelter adoption is especially close to my heart, so we're proud to be supporting the organization.
–jeweler's bench block
–round stamping blanks
–letter stamp punch set (mine were 6mm tall)
-washi or painter's tape
-jump ring or small split key ring
-collar of your choice (I got this one)
-black marker and rubbing alcohol (optional)
Line up your name letters in the right order in front of you (you may need a different size of letters depending on the length of name and size of circle you choose). Starting with the middle letter, stamp your letter with 2-3 firm hits of the hammer, and then continue to add the next sequential letters on each side until the whole name is completed. It's really helpful to have a few practice blanks to get the stamping rhythm down first. You can buy a couple of cheaper blanks to practice on first (see more stamping tips in this post as well).
To darken the name and make it more visible, you can color in the grooves with a permanent marker, and then wipe across the top with a swipe of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel or cotton ball to remove the excess.
He looks so much more handsome in his new personalized collar and I think he knows it too. It's up to you if you want to use a breakaway collar or a regular one for your tag (Mac is really good at wriggling around until he gets out the breakaways, so we use regular collars for him).
If you don't want to do a large tag, you could just do one initial on a smaller circle instead. You could get a set of numbers as well (some sets have both though) and make a second tag to stamp your phone number on in case they get lost. Stamping is a really fun way to personalize items, and I'm so glad I've gotten to use it in the pet world now too. Of course, this project isn't just for cats, puppies need collars too! So, what do you think? Will your pet get a new wearable present soon? xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.