Boutique Ribbon Necklace
Today I will show you how to make the elegant ribbon necklaces that you see in all of the boutiques. Even though this is a step up in difficulty from our Kid’s Ribbon Necklace on Monday, this is still a fun and easy project. You will feel so accomplished wearing your beautiful ribbon necklace out on the town, and I’m sure you will get many compliments!
- One length of ribbon
- Beads of your choice
- Needle and thread
- Hot glue gun
You will determine your length of ribbon by taking the desired length of the necklace, multiplying it by 2, and adding 24 inches. I used about 2 yards of ribbon for my necklace. Make sure that you choose a ribbon that has the same design on both sides.
Stick your needle through the center of the ribbon about 12 inches from one end of the ribbon. Don’t pull the needle and thread all the way through yet. It’s much easier to stack your beads and ribbon while they are still on the needle.
Place one bead on the needle leaving some room at the top for the next steps.
You should have one 12 inch section of ribbon to one side of the bead, and another very long section of ribbon to the other side. Fold the longer section of ribbon over the bead and push it down onto the needle. Try to make sure the needle is going through the center of the ribbon on every fold.
Continue adding beads and folding the ribbon over. You are basically making an accordion fold with the ribbon, but there are beads between each fold. Remember to keep two or three beads on the needle at all times because it will make it easier to fold the ribbon on top of the bead.
As you are threading and folding, gently slide the beads off the back of the needle. I found it easiest to hold the needle straight up with the necklace hanging down from it and then push the beads down off of the needle. The beads may spread out some while you are working on the necklace and that’s fine.
You will want to stop your bead and fold pattern when there is about 12 inches of ribbon left to match the other end. You will want to end the pattern with a fold so that you have ribbon covering up your last bead.
Through some trial and error I found that a simple knot at the end of your thread won’t secure it from slipping through the ribbon and bead. I suggest putting a small dot of hot glue on your knot so that it will hold your necklace together.
Once you have your thread knotted, glued, and trimmed, you will tie a knot at each end of the necklace to hide your thread. All you have left to do is even out and seal the ends of your ribbon, and you have a beautiful necklace for any occasion.
You can even make a bracelet and necklace set. These would be great to give to bridesmaids as a gift, or to anyone as a birthday or thank you present. I hope you enjoy wearing, and giving away, this beautiful necklace!
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