How to Make Collar Stays

Updated February 21, 2017

When you buy a nice collared shirt, they often come with plastic or cardboard collar stays. These are small pointed inserts that fit into a pocket in the corner of the collars, ensuring that the collar is always straight. Unfortunately, these collar stays often get lost or put through the washing machine, never to be found again. If you're one short of a matching set, you can make your own collar stay with a few basic materials.

Lay a plastic gift card on a clean work surface. Lay out a single collar stay on top of the gift card, aligning the side of the collar stay with the long side of the card.

Trace the perimeter of the collar stay onto the card using a permanent marker. Move the collar stay down the card and trace it again, repeating the process until you get as many collar stays out of one card as possible.

Cut out the collar stays from the gift card using scissors, cutting along the perimeter of the permanent marker lines.


You can also make collar stays from old credit cards, and even heavy-stock paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Single collar stay
  • Plastic gift card
  • Permanent marker
  • Heavy-duty scissors
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Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.