As promised, this is a brief tutorial on how to make your own tassel choker like the one I wore in my last look! Not only is it super easy, but it’s also customizable. You can substitute the leather for suede or another thick material, or swap out the tassel for another type of pendant. I hope this inspires somebody to make their own unique piece!
- Leather or suede cord (at least 1/4″ thick)
- Tassel or other pendant (with a ring on the top)
- Jump rings
- Jewelry clasps
- Large needle or hole punch (needle will look cleaner)
- Wire cutters and needle-nose pliers OPTIONAL
- Wrap the leather around your neck to measure how much length you’ll need – I suggest leaving a little extra because you’d rather it be a bit loose than too tight. Cut the leather to length.
- Use the needle to puncture holes in both ends of the leather strip. Try to center them so the clasps meet up evenly.
- Put jump rings through both holes and put each end of the clasp through the two jump rings. Pliers will be helpful for opening and closing the jump rings, though you can usually do this part with your fingers if you don’t have pliers.
- Optional: if you want your necklace to be an adjustable length, use wire cutters to snip a piece of necklace chain and add it to the loop side of the clasp, between the jump ring and clasp. If you don’t have chain, you can just use more jump rings, it just won’t look quite as clean.
- Once you have secured both clasps, try the choker on to ensure it fits before moving on. You could even stop here if you like the look of a basic black choker!
- Fold the leather in half to find the center of the necklace, and puncture a hole close to the bottom of the strip.
- Put a jump ring through the hole, and attach the tassel to the jump ring.
- Done! Go rock your new jewelry piece.
What I like about this DIY is that it doesn’t look DIY – it’s clean enough to look like you bought it from a store, but you can have the pride of telling everyone you made it yourself. Plus, you’ll save a lot of money doing it the DIY way! I bought all of my materials at craft stores. The white tassel seen in the photos actually came off of a Maison Scotch tag and I just repurposed it, but as the materials photo indicates, you can find beautiful tassels at the craft store in many colors. If you’re really feeling ambitious, Pinterest has tons of tutorials on how to make your own tassels out of embroidery floss.
If anyone takes on this DIY, let me know!