DIY | Wrapped Tribal Choker

1.28.2012
I remember back in the 90's when I used to wear chokers all the time, and later thought I would never go back to this trend. Now, I have been seeing them everywhere from my favorite street style blogs to the runways, and I can't believe I ever stopped wearing them. I especially love wearing it tucked under my collar or paired with a dress or top with a beautiful high neckline. Here is my DIY take on the choker... I added spikes for a little edge and some fun pops of color. Full tutorial after the jump...






Materials:
- metal choker (similar here and here)
- spike beads (similar here and here)
- embroidery floss
- e6000 glue
- masking tape

Steps:
1. Add a little glue to the center section of the underside of the choker. To create a symmetrical design, I did the entire right side first, then mirrored it with the same steps for the left side. 
2. Cut one strand of the embroidery floss about 3 ft. Start from the center of the choker. Lay one end of the floss onto the glue and tape tape down the tip. Once the glue dries, you can remove this piece of tape. After wrapping it several times, you can thread the spikes through the embroidery floss to create your own design.
3. Cut your 2nd strand of embroidery floss about 3 ft. Once you are ready to switch colors, take your 2nd color strand and double knot onto the 1st strand (cut excess). You can continue to add glue onto the underside of the choker to keep the embroidery floss more secure as you wrap. Again, you can thread spikes through to create you own design.
4. Repeat the steps for your 3rd color. Once you are finished wrapping, add a bit more glue to the end of the strand and add masking tape to keep the end in place. You can remove the tape when the glue is fully dry.  Now you can finish it off by repeating the steps for the left side of choker (I mirrored the same design).  And voila, you have a SwellMayde Wrapped Tribal Choker! Enjoy!

18 comments:

Amanda {feast.fashion.faves} said...

it's gorgeous. fierce, and make a bold statement!

<3Amanda
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pride said...

looks great !! :)

Val - A Cleaner Closet said...

Beautiful. I remember my addiction to velvet-and-cross chokers in the '90s, but those aren't even close to the same league as what you've made here. Your DIYs are so inspiring - always polished and carefully put-together. Love it!

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Mangotatoes said...

LOVE it, a very unique concept to an ongoing trend! Where did you get the spikes, I've been looking for them forever! I can't find them on ebay =/

mango
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Tara said...

Love it, great result!
xx

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Anonymous said...

wow! beautiful!

swellmayde said...

hi mango! I added some links for ya! :)

- aimee

AD + SH said...

wow this is gorgeous! well done!! I love DIY's
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char said...

I love this idea! great diy!

Petiteélégant said...

wowow... so creative.

elle said...

how creative, so chic!

Her Persona said...

amazing. love this



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DNA (designers+artists) said...

Great tutorial, choker statement!

http://www.designers-artists.com

Anonymous said...

can't wait to try! so awesome!

Deadly Inlove said...

Thanks, you always share great and simple Ideas!

L.A. in the bay said...

this is pretty dang genius!

Yin L. - Pretty Quirky Pants said...

Great inspiration! I've just made my own cuff version - soon to be on my site :)

Khamanifox said...

Where did you get the metal necklace from?

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