Sep 19, 2012

DIY: Studded Collar Necklace From Leather + Paper Fasteners


In need of a wardrobe refresh, I decided to create the perfect accessory to dress up my closet...a collar necklace! You can take almost any plain shirt or sweater and transform it into a stylish outfit with this simple DIY. I went with leather and gold studs to give it an edgier look, but you can experiment with different fabric (like lace) to fit your own style. The best part about a collar neckalce is that it's detachable so you can mix 'n match with virtually anything in your closet. Bonus: no sewing necessary!

P.S. Check out my DIY draped necklace tank top for more wardrobe makeover ideas.







Materials:
• Piece of leather (I bought mine from a craft store, but you can also repurpose that old leather skirt buried in the back of your closet. Faux leather will also work)
• Paper
Gold paper fasteners (available at office supply stores and many craft stores)
• Small X-Acto knife, screw punch or leather hole punch
• Pencil
• Sharpie or marker
• Ribbon or thin cord

 
 Steps:
• With a pencil, draw your desired collar pattern onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Tip: You only need to cut out one side, since we will be using one pattern for both sides of the collar.
• Place your pattern onto the back side of the leather and trace it with a marker. Flip the pattern over and trace again to create the opposite side of your collar.
• Cut out both pieces.
• Using an X-Acto knife, screw punch or leather punch, make a small hole at the edge of each of the leather pieces to connect them at the center. Tip: if using an X-Acto knife, be sure to carefully make a tiny incision to avoid ending up with a large tear.
• Slide a paper fastener through both holes and bend the legs open to secure.
• Continue making holes and adding paper fasteners as desired to embellish your collar.
• To create a back closure, make a hole at the end of each side of the collar and knot a piece of ribbon on both sides.Tie them together like a shoelace to close.
 
Enjoy your new handmade one-of-a-kind collar! Follow along on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all my DIY projects.
 
 

11 comments:

  1. It's absolutely trendy, and cute, and easy to make, and perfect for so many looks!!
    Thanks for sharing! Big kisses from Barcelona

    Marta
    2ndfunniestthing.blogspot.com
    DIY & unique pieces

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  2. Love this collar necklace, fantastic! :)

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  3. I love collars! and leather is just so stylish!

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  4. you make it look so easy — thanks for sharing this! i will definitely make something soon using this technique.

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  5. This is a great DIY! I'd love to try this out :D

    Cinnamon Spring
    https://cinnamonspring.wordpress.com
    xx

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  6. Great idea to use paper fasteners! Love that DIY! ;)
    greets lici

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  7. This is amazing. So easy yet professional :)

    http://thiscache.blogspot.com

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  8. It's gorgeous! I must find leather somewhere and do similar collar! Thank you for that tutorial :)

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  9. really beautiful!! thanks a lot for the inspiration, please also check my try at it :) x
    http://www.whatscraftdoc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/party-or-casual-detachable-collars.html

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    1. Hi Barbara - I love your tutorial! It looks awesome! Thanks for sharing.
      - Natalie

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  10. Really beautiful! Thanks for sharing this <3

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