Homesteady: DIY Wooden Collar Stays

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Lots of button-down shirts come with collar stays — small pieces of plastic — and tiny pockets for them. Collar stays help keep the corners of your collar nice and pointy. But they’re easy to lose, and, well…plastic-y! Here’s how to make your own set of nice wooden ones, for yourself or as a gift.


You will need:


  1. Trace a collar stay you already have onto balsa wood, or sketch your own (they are 2.25 inches long by .25 inches wide).
  2. Cut your trace out roughly — don’t try to make it perfect.
  3. Sand down the edges and corners until they’re smooth.
  4. Now, you can embellish them however you want! Try adding initials by stamping or using a wood-burning kit. And remember, it’s probably not a good idea to send these through the washer and dryer.



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Hannah Clay Wareham

Hannah Clay Wareham blogs about DIY projects, recipes, and inspiration, over at the Homesteady, where Martha Stewart meets Liz Lemon (and LL picks the donut shop).

Hannah has written 18 articles for us.


  1. This is such a cute gift project, I love the idea of personalizing them.
    Question, do you think I would be able to attempt this by cutting and/or sanding down a popsicle stick? That doesn’t seem like a stretch in my mind, but it quite possible could be.

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