Everyone remembers tattoo chokers right? Especially with the recent return of 90's fashion.

They're actually really easy to make and customize.

All you need is elastic stretch cord and for my tutorial, crimp beads. But you can always tie off the ends, thus only needing the cord.

I purchased both black and clear in different sizes.

You can see here the differences in thickness.

For the thin cord, you can double/triple the loops!

Okay to start off, cut your cords. I basically wrapped the cord around my neck three times. Do this twice.

So you will have 2 long pieces of cord and 2 crimp beads. I will call them strand #1 and strand #2.

To secure the ends, you can always use a clipboard, tape, etc, but I just sandwiched the cords in between two heavy things.

To begin, make a loop with strand #1.

Then, slide strand #2 into strand #1's loop in and "over-under" fashion.

Then, you will take that strand #2 end and wrap it around strand #1 to create a second loop. This is the pattern. (I made the loops a little more loose so it can be seen better. Usually, they are pulled more tight.)

Repeat the pattern. Soon, it will become muscle memory. I was making these while watching Netflix.

I keep on going and eyeball the length. I'll pull it to my neck to gauge.

In the end, you'll have two opened ends.

Pull a crimp bead onto one of your end (4) strands (2 ends, 2 strands in each). You're going to secure your necklace, meeting the two ends.

Here is the first crimp. You will have two. Basically, pull the ends opposite in an X shape through the crimp bead then squeeze shut. Trim the ends.

Here is the second one. You can always tie off your ends also.

Now you're done!

You can double up on your threads, add seed beads, etc. You can also manipulate how taut the necklace is, how large the loops are, etc.

For these I added a center focal bead.

I love how subtle the clear ones are.

For this one, I added slightly larger gold beads.

Have fun and thanks for reading!



I really like chokers, and since the 90's seem to be making a resurgence this summer I wanted to make a couple.


  • trim
  • jump rings
  • clasps
  • bracelet clamps

 I got my trim from M&J in the city. You don't need much, if I remember correctly I got about 2ft of each one.

I love these clamps. They have tiny 'teeth' that bite down into the trim when pressed. I got these at Bead Center

First, you're going to need to cut the trim. I just placed it around my neck, and don't forget that your clasps will add room, so cut accordingly.


Take your pliers and press down on the ends.


Add your jump rings and clasps! I'm using barrel ones.


So simple right?

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for PART 2: TATTOO CHOKERS.


DIY: Lariat Necklace

I wanted to whip up a quick necklace to wear to work and decided to try out a lariat.

Super simple to make, and you don't need anything extra then a normal necklace.

  • chain
  • jump rings
  • choice of charm
  • pliers/wire cutters

Alright, first I needed to figure out how long I wanted my necklace.

I wanted it to close right at my neck (I love choker style necklaces) and not drop too far down.

NOTE: The length I want is too short for me to just pull the necklace over my head. The next few steps are to remedy that.

Add a jump ring to one end.

Add your clasp. I'm using a lobster clasp.

Open your clasp and close it on a second jump ring.

Grasp that jump ring and slip the length of chain through it (forming a necklace shape.)

Connect your charm to the end.

All finished!

Here is a close up at the pull.

The lobster clasp unhooks at the jump ring.

The jump ring won't fall off due to the charm!


  • This is a very minimal necklace, but you can customize like crazy. You can just bigger jump rings, fancier tail ends, different chains/cords etc
  • If your necklace is long enough to pull over your head, you can totally skip the lobster clasp trick
  • The lobster claw isn't for everyone, I like it as part of the design aesthetic with the gold
  • My boss commented on it and it totally blew her mind that I pulled it together in mere minutes
  • It's fun to pull on, lol

+ another necklace I made

These were originally $1.25 each but the owner sold them to me at .50 each!

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