In light of this weekend’s festivities (I’m talking about Osheaga in case you were wondering), I wanted to bring you a little festival inspired post. As I was browsing around the mall the other day, I came across some beautiful earthy chokers at Aldo. The concept seemed so simplistic that I figured I would try making some myself and let me tell you, it was incredibly easy! Aldo was selling these chokers for about $15 which seemed like a fair price at the time, but once I added up the cost of my supplies and broke it down, I realized that I could make ONE choker for about 3$ to $5! Not only are they cheap and super simple to make, they take almost no time to assemble! If you’re looking for a quick and easy creative project, these DIY chokers are perfect!
EARTHY DIY CHOKERS
Unless you already have a lot of these materials at home, you are going to need to make a quick trip to the craft store. You can find a few essentials at Wal-Mart (like the suede cord for example) but you’ll find a MUCH better selection of jewelry making supplies at Michaels or any other craft store.
- Faux suede cord
- Charms of your choice
- Beads of your choice
- Jump rings
- A needle
The assembly is very simple. You’ll first need to start by measuring out your cord by looping it around your neck a few times until you get your desired length. From there, it’s just a matter of stringing your charms and beads through as you see fit. NOTE: After actually wearing these chokers, I noticed that the centre charm tends to move around a lot, so I would recommend piercing a hole in the cord and inserting the jump ring through it (as I did with the feather charms on the beige choker) to ensure that it’ll stay put throughout the day.
When you’re done, you should end up with something like this!
STONE PENDANT DIY CHOKERS
I also had a Larimar (turquoise Caribbean stone) stone lying around my room since my Carribean cruise last year! I figured it was time to put it to good use and make a different style choker out of it.
- Jump rings
- Black cord
- Lobster clasp
- Cord end clasps
This is an even simpler concept, however, requires a little more precision. You’ll need to start by measuring out your cord by wrapping it around your neck and cutting off the excess. Then, slip on your stone and, with the help of some pliers, attach the end clasps on each end of the cord and attach a jump ring on each one. Once that’s done, all you need to do is add the lobster clasp to one of the jump rings and voilà!
There’s something quite therapeutic about making jewelry and being able to personalize every piece makes the process even more enjoyable. I definitely recommend giving these a go!
I’d love to know if any of you recreate these for yourselves! Let me know if you have any jewelry making tips. It may just be something I do more often!