DIY Ribbon and Chain Necklace Tutorial

Today, we have another free jewelry-making tutorial for you on how to make a fabulous ribbon and chain statement necklace! The main part of this necklace is made by braiding together a mix of ribbon, chain and pearl strands around each other.

Statement necklaces are right on trend at the moment and although this project uses quite a few different materials, it’s actually quite straightforward to make. You might not be able to stop at just making one!

To make this necklace, you’ll need the following materials:

  • 2 x 30cm ribbon pieces of your choice
  • Selection of 4mm or 5mm round pearls
  • 2 types of chain (we’ve used a small link and heavy link chain in shades of gold tone)
  • Stretch Magic beading cord
  • Silk beading cord
  • Embroidery thread
  • 2 x large ribbon ends
  • Clasp and extender chain (gold tone)
  • Jump rings (gold tone)
  • Gemstone glue
  • Tape
  • Round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, wire cutters and fabric scissors

Step 1

The first step involves making a strand of pearls. Cut off a length of Stretch Magic and tie a double knot in one end, leaving a 3 inch tail. Thread on your pearls until you have a length of around 30cm. Tie a double knot in the other end and leave a 3 inch tail at that side too. If you don’t have pearls to use, any kind of round bead will work just as well, including seed beads which are smaller.

Step 2

Lay out your chain, ribbon and pearls, making sure that you have six different strands of materials altogether. They all need to be around the same length as the strand of pearls – 30cm – so cut your chain to size if need be with your wire cutters. Trim your ribbon to the required length with your scissors.

Step 3

When you have your six strands of materials lined up, cut off a little embroidery thread and tie all the pieces together at one end tightly.

Step 4

Once you have your strands tied together, tape the whole lot to your table to keep everything in place as you begin to make your necklace. Divide your six strands into three pairs, making sure you’re happy with the way the different strands look next to each other.

Step 5

Start braiding with your three strands! Starting on the left or right side, fold each of the outside strands over the strand in the middle to form a braid and then continue braiding until you start running out of room at the other end.

Step 6

When you reach the other end of the strands, tie them together with some more embroidery thread. This will form the main part of your necklace. Don’t worry if the ends look a little messy, as you’ll be taking care of this in the next step!

Step 7

Starting at one end, trim off any excess cord, ribbon and chain and then add a generous amount of gemstone glue into one of the large ribbon ends. Push the bundle of chain, ribbon, cord and pearls into the ribbon end and hold it there for a few minutes. Gemstone glue works really well in this kind of project as it can be used with metals as well as fabrics.

Step 8

After leaving that side of the necklace to dry, repeat step 7 to make the other side of the necklace. Your necklace should now look something like this photo!

Step 9

The final part of this project is to make the necklace chain. For this tutorial, we made our necklace chain out of the heavier link chain but you can use whatever kind of chain you like – or even ribbon instead of chain for this section.

Measure how much chain you’ll need for your neck size, remembering to take into account the size of the main part of the necklace you’ve just made. Cut the chain into two equal lengths and attach each length of chain to the ribbon ends using jump rings as connectors. Prise open your jump rings using your round nose and flat nose pliers and once you’ve connected the chain, use these tools again to close the jump rings.

Attach the clasp and extender chain to the other ends of each length of chain, using the same method above. There you have it! Your ribbon and chain necklace will now be complete.

We hope you enjoyed this jewelry-making tutorial! We’d love to see your own ribbon and chain necklace creations, so please feel free to share them with us via our Facebook page.

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