This DIY is so simple, there are only about two steps. I’d been itching to make a studded choker for the past 2 months but only seemed to find faux crystals that were multi-colored which wasn’t what I had in mind. Finally found this superrr basic squared studded strip from Michaels which is a dream because there is already an adhesive layer attached meaning no tireless stone by stone gluing (Amen).
This might be the easiest DIY I’ve ever done…
For this DIY you will need:
| one acrylic studded strip (or individual gems)
| soft ribbon of your choice
| glue gun (optional, but mandatory if gluing one at a time)
Step 1| Cut your acrylic gem strip according to size of the ribbon.
Step 2| Peel back the adhesive strip and apply to ribbon. Press down firmly to ensure that strip is fully bonded et voila. Easy peasy.
I chose ribbon because I wanted to create that ‘floating’ effect with no additional fastenings or closures. I knot the loose ends and tuck the excess ribbon into the back of my shirt. Since the acrylic gems come pre-glued I’d imagine you could use leather, or even denim as your fabric of choice.
Tip: Try to choose a fabric that has a slightly rougher texture. Don’t pick a fabric so soft that the acrylic adhesion is weak, i.e steer away from Velvet. Unless you want to carry a spare strip, and be gluing stones back on in public washrooms on road. Who the hell wants to do that? Exactly. Don’t use velvet.
Both the ribbon and the gems where purchased from Michaels. Sign up online before you head in, they almost always have a daily discount coupon.
Happy DIY’ing 😉