DIY choker necklace A current trend i’m completely loving is the choker necklace. When I first started noticing chokers coming back into style, I immediately thought of those plastic stretchy 90’s ones from grade school. I do see people wearing those ones again and it totally brings me back!! Now, there are so many variations and different styles there really is something for everyone and every occasion. I actually got the idea of a DIY choker from my younger sister. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before. She gave me the base idea but I decided to go a step above and instead of ones that tie around your neck, I thought I’d go all the way and add clasps. It’s so fun to be able to customize and really make it exactly what you want. Here is my simple 5 step DIY choker necklace guide:
I made a few different styles of choker to show, so depending on which style you want to make you may not need every one of these things:
- Measuring tape (you can use ribbon or string to measure as well)
- Ribbon/material you want your choker to be. I used: VELVET RIBBON, SKINNY STUDDED, AND WIDE STUDDED
- Lobster Hooks with chain. I used: GOLD and SILVER
- Hammer and Nail
- Jewelry Clamps. I used: THESE
- Small Jewelry Rings
- Any charm or pendent you want to add (optional)
2. Measure Your Neck
No matter the style of choker, the first step will be to measure your neck with a tape measurer or ribbon. I cut the ribbon 1 1/2 inches or so shorter than the circumference of my neck to give the chain a bit of wiggle room on tightness.
3. Attach the Jewelry Clamps
Next, I attached a metal jewelry clamp to each end of my ribbon. I tightened it down with my pliers because they were surprisingly strong… or I’m just super weak which is more than likely the case.
4. Attach the Chain and Lobster Clasp
At this point, I took my chain and used pliers to open up the ring connecting the lobster clasp. I then attached the clasp to the clamp on one side. Next, taking the other side of the chain with the larger ring, I cut about 2 inches off (you can always have extra chain hanging down, so its best to cut it longer than shorter) and attached it to the clamp on the other side. Sounds a little tricky but the photos above show what it looks like. You can add more rings throughout the chain if you’d like to be able to adjust how tight the choker is around your neck.
5. Optional Step – Add a Charm!
This is optional, but I wanted to try some sort of emblem on one of my chokers. So I just took my hammer and nail, and poked a very small hole in the middle of my choker toward the edge. I then took my charm and slipped the metal ring through the small hole and tightened the ring back up. Voila! Easy peasy.
And there you have it, your own DIY choker necklace! You can really customize and personalize however you want, and really make them your own!