Literally ten minutes before I had to leave for a trip, I was able to bust out this little cutie of a choker. It was so quick and easy that I knew I had to share it on the blog.
Chokers have been on trend for awhile now, but I’ll admit that I have been dragging my feet in terms of making one myself. A week ago, I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did. I will probably be making a ton more in the near future.
Let’s get this show on the road and start with materials.
- Ribbon Clamps. Forreal, I am obsessed with these. They make it a million times easier to finish bracelets and necklaces and most of them come with the lobster clasps and chains attached.
- A Hot Glue Gun. This is just what I had in the house and it works great for me. Jewelry glue is always an option though, and it might be less sticky. Not sure because I’ve never used it.
- Lace Ribbon…or velvet, or leather. Really, any material you want to use would be fine. I used a lace ribbon I picked up from Michaels.
- Pliers. These will be used to close the ribbon clamps.
Ignore the charm and jump ring next to the scissors, those are an optional addition:)
- Start by cutting your ribbon to the approximate size of your neck. I wouldn’t go the full diameter, maybe an inch less. The ribbon clamps and chain will lengthen the necklace out.
- Prepare the ends of your ribbon. Clamps and ribbons won’t usually be the same width. If you can’t find a ribbon that matches the exact width of the clamp, go for one that is slightly wider than the clamp. It is super easy to adjust the ribbon to be the right width. I just folded the corners of my ribbon in a tiny bit and put the smallest amount of hot glue to secure the corner.
See how the ribbon is too wide for the clamp?
- Squeeze a super thin line of hot glue onto one end of your ribbon and slide it into the clamp. If you do too much, you can end up with a hot, gluey mess all over your necklace, so be careful!
- Use the pliers to close the clamp tightly, preferably while the hot glue is till a bit wet.
- Repeat with the other end.
Ta-da! How easy was that? Share your experience with me in the comments below!