DIY Jewellery

DIY Pearl, Lace & Ribbon Necklace Tutorial

Now this really is a fun DIY project for the weekend. This beautiful ribbon, pearl, lace and felt bib necklace is a real statement piece. The 1950s inspired pearls look so elegant and classic, but the chunky bib style and ribbon give it a modern arty edge. The result is stunning.


This DIY tutorial comes from Fifties Wedding reader Danielle de Luna (love that name) who has her own blog full of crafty goodness that you can visit at DSMeeBee. As you all know I am a big DIY supporter. Weddings are hugely expensive so thumbs up to any ideas that can save a few pennies. This gorgeous necklace would make a great necklace for an alternative bride, or a fab gift for a bridesmaid or mum.

Things you will need:

  • DSMeeBee – Free Bib Necklace Stencil
  • Satin Ribbon – $0.50 a yard
    • Depending on how low you want your necklace to hang get the more or less ribbon. I used 2 yards of ribbon for my necklace, 1 yard for each side.
  • 8 ½” x 11” sheet of felt – $0.50
    • Any color felt you want, I used Ivory.
  • Lace Trim – $.40 a yard
  • Loose pearls of different sizes – $2.00
    • I bought mine on Ebay!
  • 24” strand of pearls – $2.00
    • I bought mine on Ebay!
  • Foam Brush – $0.50

Things from home:

  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s Glue (or similar)
  • Gorilla Glue
    • The one that drys white and 2x faster….this stuff is crazy good but only use a little because it expands when it dries.
  • Needle and thread
  • Pen

Step 1:

Using the Bib Necklace Stencil cut to size (above) fold it in half and cut it out. Using your foam brush paint a generous amount of glue on to the lace trim and place it on to the felt. Fold the glued felt and lace in half and trace the stencil on to it, then cut it out. When you unfold the felt with the lace facing up and add more glue.

Step 2:

I used 3 different loose pearls 2 the same size and 1 larger in each rounded part of the felt bib. Layout each of the loose pearls where you want them to be and using a small dab of Gorilla Glue and stitch each loose pearl down.

Step 3:

Cut your ribbon the length you want (I used 12” for each side) and stitch the ribbon to each side of the felt bib. Using an iron fold down the end of the ribbon and iron it down and then fold it down again on top of itself and iron it again. Thread a loose pearl onto the needle and thread and stitch it onto the folded end of the ribbon. Then stitch another pearl on the opposite side of the ribbon. I used 3 pearls on each side of the ribbon totaling 6 pearls on each ribbon end.

Step 4:

Using a 24” strand of pearls was just there right amount for this bib necklace. The strand I used was perfect because each pearl had a knot holding it into place. So when I cut it to length no pearls fell off. But if you can’t find a strand of pearls like that thread the pearls onto a thin string and knot it off. Around the edge of the felt bib put a thin line of Gorilla Glue and glue down the strand pearls. Make sure you don’t put to much glue because when it dries it expands and you don’t want there to be glue residue around your pearls. Once you glue the pearls down let the whole assembly dry for at least 30 minute before you try to move it. For extra security stitch down different areas of the pearl strand but if you glue it right the Gorilla Glue should hold down the pearls without stitching.

In these 4 easy steps you can create a one-of-a-kind beautiful necklace. When people comment about how much they love it – and you know they will – you can say “I know a great jewellery designer who can make you one” and then totally brag that it was you!



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