Pretty DIY Chokers

If you’re looking for a last minute gift for your girlfriends, you can call off the search now. This simple, no-fuss DIY takes about 30 minutes to make and has endless possibilities! Sure your friends all have their own unique style, but these DIY chokers are easy to personalize— pick different colored ribbon and buy initial or birthstone charms for all of your gals. The supplies needed to make these chokers are all pretty cheap, but the resulting gift will be anything but!

The supplies and steps are listed below. Scroll down for more choker ideas and step-by-step instructional photos in the Winter 2016 issue of Emma! 

Supplies:DIY chokers_1

  • Velvet ribbon
  • Charm of choice
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread to match ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon ends
  • Necklace clasps


  1. Measure out the amount of ribbon you’ll need by wrapping a piece around your neck. Remember: If you are using a necklace clasp, you’ll need to take an inch or two off of the ribbon. 
  2. To thread the needle, cut off a piece of thread. Loop the thread through the eye of the needle. Tie a knot at the end of the thread.
  3. Start the first stitch on the backside of the ribbon by entering your needle and thread through a point in the middle of the ribbon.
  4. Pull the needle through to the frontside of the ribbon. Now, thread on your charm.
  5. Continue the stitch by entering the needle near to the spot you started the stitch.
  6. Pull the needle through to the backside of the ribbon. Repeat once or twice to secure the charm. Make sure to stay near the same entry points when doing so.
  7. To complete the stitch, end on the backside of the ribbon and poke the needle in and out of the ribbon but don’t pull all the way through, keeping the thread on the backside. Now start to pull the thread slowly. The thread will make a loop. Put the needle through the loop and pull tightly to make the knot that will secure the stitch. Trim excess thread.
  8. Use pliers to clamp ribbon ends to both ends of the ribbon.
  9. Use two pairs of pliers to pry open the jump ring on the necklace clasp.
  10. Connect the opened jump ring (with the clasp still connected) to the ribbon end. Close the jump ring with the pliers.
  11. Do the same to the other side. You now got yourself a pretty fancy looking choker!
  12. Wrap up and gift to your besties! 
    DIY choker_3

Check out more choker ideas and styles in the Winter 2016 issue of Emma below!

Photographed by Eunice Beck. Modeled by Ashley Ballarad.

Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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  • Reply December 22, 2016

    Mimi Krumholz


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