DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

While I’m not crazy about blingy embellishments, I can get down with rhinestones when they’re used in a not-so-conventional way. And in the interest of sharing my love for wedding-appropriate ideas, this choker DIY would make an amazing unconventional bridal piece. Let a girl know if anyone wants to get married; I definitely want to wear this down the aisle. 

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

Supplies:

  • Rhinestone trim
  • Scissors
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jewelry clasp
  • 4mm jump rings
  • Thin chain scraps
  • Extender chain (optional)

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

1. Trim the rhinestone trim, if needed. It should short enough to fit snugly around your neck, but long enough to fit comfortably. 

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

2. Trim three strands of chain measuring 3-6 inches long. The longer the chains, the longer the draped detail will be.

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

3. Find the center of the rhinestone trim. To the left of this midpoint, add a strand of chain with a jump ring.

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

4. Connect the opposite end of the chain to the right of the rhinestone’s midpoint. You can just eyeball this; it doesn’t have to be placed perfectly in the center. 

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

5. Add a second strand of chain in between the first. 

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

6. Connect the opposite end to the rhinestone trim. I created a larger interval between the two ends of this chain for a wider drape. Feel free to do the same (or not) depending on your preferred finished look.

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

7. Repeat on the other side of the first draped chain. 

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

8. At one end of the rhinestone trim, add a jewelry clasp. At the opposite end, add a jump ring and/or extender chain.

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

Loooove.

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

 

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

Obviously, it can be worn on any ol’ day. It’s one of those pieces that can spice up a plain t-shirt or dress. 

DIY: Draped Rhinestone Choker

Clearly, I’m a sucker for that draped chain look. Here are some of my past tutorials that use a similar technique:

xx K 

Tutorial Photos: Kirsten Nunez
Lifestyle Images: Albert Martinez