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DIY Jewelry: How To Make a Collar Necklace

Posted by Alexandra C. | Tuesday March 6, 201213 comments

A while back, we introduced you to the trendy peter pan collar. We had some mixed feelings about the collar, especially since while it looked fabulous on celebs like Emma Watson, we weren't sure how well we'd work it ourselves. 

However, I've found a way around this! A collar necklace is super cute, trending right now and surprisingly easy to DIY! This all makes it a great Sunday afternoon craft for any level of DIY'er and because you're making it yourself, you can customize it fit your frame and jazz it up with all your fave baubles! 

For my collar necklace, I am using fabric from an old thrifted leather skirt (that didn't even fit when I first bought it, I know, bad Alexandra!). I bought a fake pearl necklace from the dollar store to use to bedazzle my necklace and I'm using some ribbon.

You'll also need:

Construction Paper
Hot Glue Gun 
Needle and Thread

Step 1: Create a Pattern 

Create a pattern for your collar necklace but trace an outline on the construction paper and cutting it out. I went with a curvy, round shape but you could also try pointed triangle edges, like on a button down blouse. You will probably have to play around with your pattern to get it the right size and shape. You can use an existing shirt collar you have to trace or for a guide or you can just freehand it and hold it up to test what it will look like. 

Step 2: Cut Fabric 

Fold your fabric in half, pin your pattern to the fabric and cut it out. I suggest using a fabric that doesn't fray easily, leather, or in my case, pleather, is especially good for this. 

Here's what you should have:

Step 3: Attach 

Use the needle and thread to sew your two pieces together in the middle. You will most likely need to overlap the two pieces. Hold them up on your collar bone, or wherever your necklace will sit to see where you should attach them. You may want to make a small mark with chalk or using a pin. 

Step 4: Get Bedazzling

Use your hot glue gun and whatever beads, sequins or embellishments you chose! If you're feeling extra crafty and looking for a challenge, you can sew the pieces on individually, or not, if you're anything like me. 

Step 5: Tie On

If you have a leather hole puncher on hand, puncture a hold at the edges of your necklace. Or, simply cut a small slit with scissors. I am using ribbon for attaching the ends of my necklace but you could also use a chain. 

Step 6: Clean Up

Hot glue guns can leave behind some messiness, so be sure to clean and get rid of the excess. 

Final Product


What do you think of my new peter pan collar necklace chicks? Is this something you'd DIY?
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on May 09, 2012  Becky  13,008 said:

hey guys! I found this awesome video on easy collar fashion :-)



on March 11, 2012  jello814  1,321 said:

What a great DIY idea! I love the idea of making my own things and utilizing thrifted materials to do it is even better.

on March 08, 2012  marebear  861 said:

a great idea! it looks good on you

on March 08, 2012  sixx  605 said:

This is too cute!!!!! I love this idea so much. im a huge fan of re-using old clothes and making them into something new and this was one of the greatest ideas ive seen. It looks so cool and is soo afordable. Awesome idea thanks so much!!!

on March 08, 2012  LyrissaSmillie  9,434 said:

I hate saying negative comments but this one just is not for me...dont really get whyyyy you would do that? haha but ur very cute anyway so it doesnt matter!
but props to you! I suck at anything crafty

on March 08, 2012  LadyChick234234  3,701 said:

Not for me but cute for you Alex.

on March 07, 2012  assia  1,238 said:

My grandmother had something like that when I was little girl!

on March 07, 2012  staceb  1,174 said:

Very interesting and cleverly made. Not for me, but still cute on you.

on March 07, 2012  AngelinaRosaries  2,271 said:

amazingly, it blends well. fantastic!

I like working on beads too, I make bracelets ... trinklets. This is inspirational.

on March 06, 2012  Becky  13,008 said:

I LOVE! You can make SO many tops interesting and fun by just this one addition!

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