Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Simple Zodiac Choker DIY: An Elegant, Simple Design for Everyday Wear or Gifting


I made it a resolution to do as much crafting as possible outside of work, but crafting for work is so fun I haven't let myself do any personal crafting yet! So instead of a for-home craft (those will come) I'm sharing something I really enjoyed making to sell at my local shop at while traveling at expos and outdoor markets and event: zodiac chokers!


I bought the zodiac sign charms on a whim, I'd fallen in love with the 70s style images on each one and finally had a vision for how to use them. It's so easy to make similar charm-chokers of your own.


Materials: Charms, Jump Hoops if charms don't have them, Faux Leather Cord, Jewelry Pliers



You charms may come equipped with jump hoops, mine did not. Hopefully you're just hooking one jump hoop on to your charm. If you're making these as merchandise like me you may spend over 12 hours WITH the help of a paid employee to get 'em hooped, haha! (So worth it, though!) (I have a tutorial on how to close a jump hoop here.)


String your charm onto your cord.


 Then tie the ends! You can get creative here and glue beads, add extra charms to ends, whatever you like! I wanted to keep mine minimal and let the charms really shine and just closed mine with knots.


One of my favorite parts of making new merchandise is designing the packaging! This is the live view of my desk right now, I'm taking a break to wrap some of these up between working on websites then fitting them neatly in their protective plastic sleeves. I can't wait to premier them at our outdoor market tomorrow but you can see them on Etsy too!

These look really good on, go with many outfits and they make excellent customizable gifts for friends, too.
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13 comments:

  1. Vanessa, these Zodiac chokers look great! I like the minimalist look as well. Thanks for sharing how you made these:)

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    1. No prob :) It was fun to photograph the process.

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  2. When I'm not busy cutting fabric I enjoy crafting jewelry for personal use or as gifts. Your zodiac chokers are really cute and the packaging impeccable!

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    1. The jewelry-making is such a fun outlet, I see myself making more pieces out of unique vintage bits and pieces. They make excellent personalized gifts. Thanks for the compliment on the packaging :)

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  3. Cute! And the packaging is very well done :)

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    1. Thanks Tilda, I'm going to be wrapping more and hanging them for sale in the store today :D

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  4. Wow Vanessa! I've been really missing from the blogosphere. Love the new webpage!

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    1. Haha, it was probably a much-needed break, I know how that goes! Thanks for the kind words on the website :) Always a work-in-progress.

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  5. Gonna buy some charms like this one. Thank you for sharing!
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