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DIY Tutorial: Ribbon Necklace


DIY Ribbon Necklace Tutorial

After reading through your comments on my last DIY tutorial, I saw how much you guys love these tutorials, so today I’ll show you how to make a fantastic piece of statement jewelry – a ribbon necklace.

For this necklace, I was inspired by the Ann Taylor necklace (above left) that retails for over $100. I love the femininity of it, but also how it combines a chain and some sparkle with girly details. This necklace would be the perfect accessory for an LBD at night, but is also casual enough to throw on over your white tee and wear to class.

Read on for the 2 easy steps so that you can make your own necklace, too!

What You Need:

Supplies for the DIY Ribbon Necklace

  • A chain – You can get this at a craft store. Just make sure to buy one that is wide enough that you can weave ribbon through!
  • Ribbon – I chose a light pink for a feminine effect.
  • Cute pins or brooches – I used two brooches in this tutorial. You can find cheap ones at Forever 21 or look for vintage brooches at Goodwill.
  • 2 jump rings – Available at craft stores
  • 1 clasp – Also available at craft stores
  • Pliers

Step 1:

Weaving a ribbon through the chain to make the DIY ribbon necklace

Take the ribbon and weave it through the chain. At first I chose to weave it through every other link, as shown above, but you can also braid it through every link, as shown in the last finished picture. Which style you choose will affect the overall look and style of the necklace, so experiment and see which you like best!

Step 2:

DIY Ribbon Necklace Clasp

After you finish weaving the ribbon through the chain, use your pliers to open each of the two jump rings, and secure one at either end of the necklace.  You can use your pliers to close one of the jump rings, but leave the other one open and attach the clasp to it. To keep the ribbon in place, I knotted each end onto the jump rings, and then trimmed the ribbon down.

Now, the last step is to pin your brooches on, and tie your bow in place!

Finished Product #1:

Finished Ann Taylor-style DIY Ribbon Necklace

This was my first attempt at making the necklace, and as you can see, I wove the ribbon through every other chain, and attached 2 similar-looking brooches on either side.

Finished Product #2:

Finished DIY Ribbon Necklace with an extra chain

Once I was done, I decided to play around with the necklace some more, so I added another chain and twirled it around the first. I also tried securing both brooches on one side, but found that the weight distribution was too unequal.

By weaving the ribbon through each chain link and adding an extra chain, you can toughen up the look of the necklace. This version would make a great statement piece to wear with a leather jacket!


What do you think? Do you like this tutorial? Do you make your own jewelry? Where do you look to for your jewelry inspiration?  Will you be trying this project? Are there any specific tutorials or types of tutorials that you would like to see in the future? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on September 29, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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30 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Ribbon Necklace”

  1. 1
    September 29th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Love this! The piece definitely does not look like it was handcrafted. My favorite is the last product, with the extra chain looped around the ribbon-ed chain. I’d love to try it, maybe without the brooches. I am a sucker for bows :)

  2. 2
    September 29th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Love this DIY idea, way to save some money! Also, it’s good because you can add whatever you like according to your taste! Love it!

  3. 3
    September 29th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Oooh so cute! It’s maybe a little girly for my personal style, but it is nonetheless still very beautiful. I want to make one too :) Great job!

  4. 4
    September 29th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    P.S. on second thought I would totally wear no 1! :)

  5. 5
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    My favorite DIY yet!

  6. 6
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Yours looks better than the Ann Taylor one. I love it! I will definitely be stealing my brother’s old chain that he no longer wears to do this! Keep these ideas coming.

  7. 7
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    This is super cute. I’m not fond of the color pink, but I’m sure any other color will look just fine. It’s feminine, easy to make and affordable.

  8. 8
    September 29th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I did this earlier this year and everyone loved it, got tons of compliments for it, super awesome to do it yourself.

  9. 9
    September 29th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    your DIY version is WAAAAAAY cuter than the original! great job!

  10. 10
    September 29th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    THANK YOU! Oh I did your earlier tutorial (my friends RAVED) and was already starting to think “Hm, I wonder if I tried a ribbon one” but I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it. I will definitely be making this asap.

  11. 11
    September 29th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    this is SO cute! I might just have to try it this weekend. Great post :)

  12. 12
    September 29th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    This is GORGEOUS! Can’t wait to try and make my own!

  13. 13
    September 29th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    cute! hmm… I think I might just try this! =]

  14. 14
    September 29th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I like this a lot! I’m not a crafty person nor do I usually comment on CF but I think I might go to the store and make one of these!

  15. 15
    September 29th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I’ve actually been craving several necklaces like this from Ann Taylor and LOFT since spring. I know what I’m doing this weekend in my essay breaks!

  16. 16
    October 6th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I love this technique! Very cool. How long did it take you to come up with this? I would like to try this, it looks like I am going to have to learn something new!

  17. 17
    October 10th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    very pretty !!
    i was goin thru some fashion sites, and i found another freat DIY headband, made out of a piece of rope.. love it!

  18. 18
    October 10th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    cute necklace! it’s nice having unique jewelry that u know no one else could have :)

  19. 19
    January 28th, 2011 at 5:45 am

    WOW!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!
    I made one last year just like this one but it was a bracelet instead with red ribbon and wore it for valentines day!!!!

  20. 20
    January 29th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I love the tutorial

  21. 21
    September 11th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    My first time to see your Ribbon necklace. I was looking for Ribbon Weave for a cushion and table mats in Herronbone style + instructions or any other patern Love to try the necklace Pretty Pretty Keep up the GOOD work Thank you………Rose

  22. 22
    January 21st, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    This turned out super cute! Such a fun and easy project too!

  23. 23
    February 8th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Wow, this is amazing and easy to do. I’ll be trying it soon! Thanks for posting.

  24. 24
    March 14th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    That looks so good. Love that you can customize it to your own style.

  25. 25
    September 20th, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Awesome tutorial! I have so much ribbon, and craft chains, I need to try this!!

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