I found a beautiful green necklace at the flea market the other day and couldn’t wait to modify it into something I’d wear on a regular basis. I was so inspired with my future ‘ribbon necklace’ that I picked up another strand of delicate purple crystal beads that I found in the 50% off bin at Michaels. This tutorial quickly highlights the steps for modifying each set of strands into a classy ribbon necklace that works perfectly over a simple tee, dresses up an outfit for a night out on the town, or transitions to office wear under a classic blazer. Hope you enjoy!
Ribbon Necklace DIY Tutorial: Chain Link Necklace
Materials: Beads, ribbon, sewing needle and thread, round nose pliers
1} For this tutorial I began with beads already assembled in a chain link design. If you’re starting from scratch, thread your beads on long eye pins and use your needle nose pliers to create a loop at the opposite end. Connect your beads and eye pins together to catch up to where we are now.
2} Snip off excess chain, this is where we’ll replace the chain with ribbon.
3} Be sure your last bead’s metal eye pin creates a perfect loop that a ribbon could not slip free from. Use your needle nose pliers to enforce.
4} Thread ribbon through metal loop. Use your sewing needle and thread to create a simple stich close to the bead. Three or four times through and a knot should do the trick.
5} Trim off excess ribbon and thread from the back side and repeat steps to secure the opposite end of the necklace.
6} Tada! A modern and stylish ribbon necklace!
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Ribbon Necklace DIY Tutorial: Elastic String Necklace
Materials: Beads, ribbon, sewing needle and thread, round nose pliers, elastic beading thread/cord (or flexible wire), crimp beads
1} This next ribbon necklace calls for a slightly different modification. The second strand of beads I found at Michaels was not on a chain but came as a single strand on elastic thread.
2} You can opt to re-thread the beads on a stronger flexible wire – I kept mine just as it was right off the shelf since the elastic cord was sturdy (just be sure you have enough excess string to work with).
3} Add a crimp bead to the end of your strand.
4} Include your ribbon at this point by draping it over elastic thread right above the crimp bead.
5} Fold elastic thread over ribbon and string through crimp bead again, creating a loop.
6} Use your pliers to smash crimp bead together, securing your elastic thread.
7} Using your sewing needle and sewing thread, create a simple stitch to secure the ribbon in place
8} Cut off any excess thread and ribbon, and you’re finished!
The best part? All supplies cost less than $3 per necklace! Imagine all of the re-stringing you can do with ancient earrings, necklaces and bracelets buried in your jewelry box…
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