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All the Trimmings

  • By Jodi Levine
  • Photos by Johnny Miller
A few yards of cord, ribbon, and fabric-store trim are all you need to make a statement necklace.

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4 Trim Necklaces to Try

4 Trim Necklaces to Try

These necklaces look like they’re metal, but they’re actually made of ribbon, braid, rickrack, and cord.

MULTISTRAND METALLIC Cut two (or more) ribbons to the desired length. Use hot glue to join the ends. Gather the strands, aligning the glued joints. Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the ends, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge, glue shut.)

CHUNKY CORD Cut the cord to the desired length. Use hot glue to join the ends. Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the ends, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge, glue shut.)

RICKRACK Cut two equal strands and hot-glue together at one end. Intertwine them so they appear striped (then iron to flatten). Hot-glue the ends together.

BRAIDED TRIM Cut braid to the desired length. Use hot glue to join the ends. Wrap a 2-inch piece of ribbon around the joints to conceal, hot-gluing at the beginning and end of the wrap. (Tuck under the raw edge, glue shut.)

A Bib Necklace to Brag About

A Bib Necklace to Brag About

Iron-on applique, originally used for embellishing clothing, takes on new life when strung from metallic cord or ribbon to create a beautiful handmade necklace.

Resources

Here are our go-to websites for ribbon and trim. (If a family member or friend sews, ask if she has a collection you can dip into.)

  • M&J Trimming

    “It has an amazing selection of metallic cording and trims of all types,” Jodi says.

  • Tinsel Trading

    “This is where I get beautiful new and vintage pieces: ribbon, cords, buttons, flowers, and leaves -- and all sorts of other crafty treasures.”

  • Daytona Braids and Trimming

    “If you want rickrack, this is where to look. The site has a huge assortment in every size and color.”

  • M&J Trimming

    “It has an amazing selection of metallic cording and trims of all types,” Jodi says.

  • Tinsel Trading

    “This is where I get beautiful new and vintage pieces: ribbon, cords, buttons, flowers, and leaves -- and all sorts of other crafty treasures.”

  • Daytona Braids and Trimming

    “If you want rickrack, this is where to look. The site has a huge assortment in every size and color.”

More Jewelry Ideas

Inspired to keep creating? Try these other accessory projects.

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