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Great statement necklace for cheap!
I had a bunch of brightly colored buttons lying around from a previous project and wanted to make some sort of statement necklace. So, I searched online and found this lace neon necklace that I really loved and decided to emulate it with buttons. I wish that I hadn't used so many different colors, but that is what I had. Here is the finished product!

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  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    LAY OUT DESIGN. On a flat surface that won't be in your way, lay out the design you want. This is just to get an idea of what your going for. it is probably going to change so you don't have to do this if you don't want.

  • Step 2

    GET SCRAP FABRIC. I chose an old shirt sleeve. It is better to choose a darker fabric so that your buttons stand out more.

  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    IF YOU CHOSE A SLEEVE... fold your fabric in half long ways and then in half again. Then cut along the quarter fold. you should have three pieces.

  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    take the two smaller pieces and put the thinner sides facing each other. Then lay on top of the large piece. This makes a rounded collar shape.

  • Step 5

    sew all the pieces together

  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    CUT THE COLLAR SHAPE. take a shirt that you like the collar curve of and using tailors chalk or pencil, trace the outline and cut that curve.

  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    LAY OUT YOUR DESIGN on the fabric making sure that the top row of buttons follows the curve that you already cut. I had to pretty much completely redesign mine because the collar i laid out on the table wasn't right. You might want to take a picture to make sure that you glue it right.

  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    GLUE. Tip: don't put too much glue because it will seep through the button holes and look strange and unprofessional

  • Step 9

    CLEAN UP THE GLUE. Using tweezers, clean up the glue strands.

  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    CUT YOUR CORD. Measure around your neck to where you want it to sit. Then fold it in half and double it. Fold it in half again to triple it and cut. Fold your cut piece in half and cut.

  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    TIE PIECES. Take your half piece of cord, fold it in half and knot the two ends together

  • Step 12

    TRIM. Trim your fabric around the buttons. Try to be a precise as you can, but be careful not to cut any buttons off.

  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    SEW TO NECKLACE. using a needle and thick thread, sew the cord to the necklace by sticking the needle up through one of the button holes of one of the side buttons and then pulling the needle through the loop of the cord and back up through the button hole. You might want pliers to help you.

  • How to make a button necklace. Neon Button Statement Necklace - Step 14
    Step 14

    MAKE ADJUSTABLE NECKLACE. Unknot the two ends of the chords. Then take one double end, place it in the middle of the other side and tie a double knot on top. Test to see of the untied end slides back and forth. Do the same the other side

  • Step 15

    WEAR. To wear, pull the ends of the two sides to bring the knots together. Place over your head and then pull the two knots away from each other. It should shorten.

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Amberlynn Reid
Amberlynn Reid · Kathmandu, Central Region, NP · 67 projects
So jealous of all the pretty buttons in the picture :/ and it may take a little time because I only have black buttons..I need to paint them like yours because I don't want to look all elegant and all I want to look cheerful!
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Amberlynn Reid
Amberlynn Reid · Kathmandu, Central Region, NP · 67 projects
So jealous of all the pretty buttons in the picture :/
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Amberlynn Reid
Amberlynn Reid · Kathmandu, Central Region, NP · 67 projects
OMG!!!!! this is the best tutorial ever!! thank you!
Pramodini Arela
Pramodini Arela · San Diego, California, US · 64 projects
Your welcome. Let me know if you make a version. I want to see it!
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