How to Make a Zipper Necklace

Welcome to Zipper Week!  I know that is not a very creative name.  However, each day this week I will show you a tutorial featuring zippers.  Zippers are hot right now.  They are in the fashion magazines, on celebrities, and showing up in all the department stores.  So join me this week as we accessorize using zippers!  Here is our first project… IMG_0175Supplies Needed:

20” Heavy Duty Polyester Zipper (I like black)

Scissors

Ribbon or Cord Ends

Jump Rings

Jewelry Pliers

Clasp

Super Glue

Lighter

1.  I chose this zipper because it has silver teeth.  I have noticed that silver is limited, there are way more options with a brass-colored teeth.

IMG_0043 2.  Cut as close to the zipper as you want.  If you want a little of the fabric tape to show then cut less off.IMG_0044 3.  Singe the sides of the zipper to seal the ends so they do not fray.

4.  Measure how long you want the zipper necklace to be and cut the ends to your determined length. With pliers take two teeth off each end.IMG_0048 5.  Singe those ends to seal as well.  IMG_0049 6.  Then attach your ribbon or cord end.IMG_0045 IMG_0047IMG_0050 7.  Next attach your jump rings and clasp with your jewelry pliers.IMG_0051 8.  Put it around your neck and make sure it fits to your liking.  Next embellish!

I had some old earrings, covered buttons, and random stuff from my stash.  After a little spray paint and some super glue we were in business.

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It wasn’t enough so I added one more thing…IMG_0165

Much better.  I just glued everything on using some Super Glue and Gorilla Glue.IMG_0168

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You can move the embellishment up and down the chain to put it on the necklace wherever you want to.  There are so many options with this necklace.  You can add rosettes, flowers, coiled zippers, old brooches, etc.  Have fun!  If you make one be sure to let me know.  I love to see what you come up with!

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Mark your calendars…everyone has a Great Idea. Come link up:





  • Carmel

    Okay… I have to say this… that is so 80's looking to me. Just sayin'. : )

  • Debbie

    Cute, Cute, CUTE!!! I can already see some ideas forming in my head. Thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to keep checking back for other ZIPPER ideas!!!!

  • Tanyia

    This is really cute! I love how it looks while wearing as well!

  • Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful

    Cute and clever! I am lovin the zipper craze.

    ~Amanda
    :)

  • jen @ {decor junkie}

    I never would have thought of that! It's so crazy what you can think of to do with such an ordinary item! I lvoe your creativity!

  • Alison

    I can't wait to see all the other zipper crafts. This necklace is incredible!!

  • randee

    beckie – i saw "zipper necklace" & was expecting a coiled zipper. what a surprise you had for me! i love it.

    nice!

  • Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com

    That is really fun Becki! I can't wait to see more from zipper week!

    XOXO
    Jen

  • Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk

    That is so stylin'. I would love for you to share it at the Boardwalk Bragfest on Wednesday. It's a definite "bragable"!

  • asnipofgoodness

    I think that is a very fun name,"zipper week", can't wait to see all your fun projects. Your ideas are always top notch! Love this one, very cute!

  • Madigan at madiganmade

    Love this idea… you could do a lot of things with zippers. Hoping to see more ideas!

  • shelly @ the familyblt

    Oh! This is funfunfun! I likey!

  • Amy Jo @ The Little Moments

    Wow. That's creative, for sure. I"ve never seen anything like it! I've seen a flower bud made out of a zipper that looked pretty cool. I wonder what else you've got planned this week….

  • **Amy**

    Wow! Maybe that is what I should do with my stash of zippers seeing as how I am no good at sewing them into clothing :)! Clever…of course!

  • Craft Passion

    You are so creative… you surprised me again with your zipper project!!! Love it!!!

  • Mommy of Two 24/7

    So dang cute! I love it!! I am going to be back for my zipper ideas! :)

    mommyoftwo247.blogspot.com

  • (un)Deniably Domestic

    Fabulous…again! ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  • Divya N

    Nice and easy…would be featuring you on my blog next during the zipper tutorials week. Thanks http://jewelsofsayuri.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

    I just recently stumbled upon your site, and while exploring it I found your zipper necklace. What fun! I scored some zippers and ruffled eyelet lace at the thrift store, and thought – why not put them together? I sewed the ends of the top of my zipper together by overlapping and zig zag sewing, making a continuous loop of the zipper tape at the top. Then I sewed the bound edge of the ruffled eyelet lace down one side of the zipper tape, folded it into a point at the bottom and sewed it back up the other side of the zipper tape. I seamed the eyelet at the top of the zipper, and stitched it to the continuous loop of the zipper tape. Instant ruffled collar and shirt front for a t shirt or plain top. Thanks for the ideas! Barb