I love watching tv and movie stars walk down the red carpet. I enjoy looking at all the beautiful clothing and jewelry the stars are wearing. I once saw a stunning dress which had a choker-type necklace attached to it. The choker, of course, went around the neck, and strands of beads came out from the choker and attached to the front of the dress. It was a beautiful creation that cost someone thousands of dollars. It’s easy, though, to make a similar necklace to go with a sleeveless evening dress.
To make the choker start with a piece of velvet. Cut the strip to be twice as wide as you want it to be with two inches to spare; cut it long enough to go around your neck with a couple of inches to spare. Hem the short ends of the material then the long ends. Fold the material in half, lengthways, and lay it out on a table.
Ordinary pipe cleaners will help you make the design you want. Cut one long pipe cleaner piece for the very center of the necklace then cut several smaller pieces. Since you’ll decide how long or short you want the necklace to be there’s no specific measurements for me to tell you. Instead, cut the one long piece, cut two more an inch or so shorter, then cut two more an inch or so shorter than those, and so on. You’ll cut enough pieces to go from one side of the neck to the other, with spaces between each pipe cleaner.
Find the very center of the velvet and mark it. Also mark the sides of the material so you’ll know where to stop when attaching the pipe cleaners. Use hot glue to attach the end of the longest pipe cleaner to the center mark. On each side of that pipe cleaner, add the next two longest pieces, using just a dab of hot glue to hold each stick in place. Be sure to measure so you can get the pipe cleaners evenly spaced. Also, make sure the pipe cleaners stick straight out from the velvet piece.
After all the pipe cleaners are in place fold the velvet in half, lengthways, then glue the two sides together, trapping the ends of the pipe cleaners between them.
The beads you use for the necklace are very important. Use cheap, plastic beads and you’ll have a nice choker but not one that looks extremely elegant. Clear beads aren’t ideal since they’ll allow others to see through them and notice the pipe cleaners inside. After choosing the beads, and the pattern you want to make with them, begin sliding the beads onto the pipe cleaner pieces. Use hot glue to secure the last one on each stick. Use a piece of Velcro as a fastener for the back of the necklace.
This elegant choker necklace looks beautiful with a black evening dress but can be made in other colors, too. Make a white velvet one, an ivory satin one – the possibilities are endless. Others will be stunned by the beauty of the choker but you’ll be the only one to know just how little it cost!