DIY: Button Collar Tips w/ Chain

Greetings all!! I have a funky and fun DIY project to share. By now most of you might be familiar with blouses being made with extra hardware on the collars.

Sometimes they’re studded

(Tumblr)

sparkle with bling

(Denim Therapy)

or showcase beads & grommets among other things.

(Tumblr: Taybrocklehurst)

Another trend you might have all seen when it comes to collars are the addition of tips!

These are from ASOS and they’re on sale so click on the picture if you like them.

The triangle shape is cool and all but I’m not for triangles on all of my collars so after I saw these brass tips on GALAcurios, I got an idea. Why not use other things like buttons and earrings? Or better yet make your own creation over top of the triangle shape if need be?

Triangular tips with chain added.

I stopped at Joann Fabrics for the buttons you’ll see in this post but you should tap into your creative side and use anything you can think of. Experiment!

The materials you will need are:

Comfort clutch earring backs

Jump rings

Round earring posts

Chain

Super glue or any industrial strength glue

Wire cutters

Long nose pliers

Buttons, earrings (clip-ons or regular)

Measuring tape (not pictured)

1. First what you will do is use the wire cutters or maybe a set of small pliers if you’re using earrings, to cut the shank off the back of the button (that hollow piece that you put the thread through.)

2. Cut the chain to the length you desire. It might be helpful to grab a shirt with a collar if you’d like and use your measuring tape to determine the space so you know the chain won’t be too short.

3. Glue an earring post to the center of the button back.

4. Use a jump ring as the connector between your button and the chain by glueing the jump ring to the bottom of the button back. Leave just enough room for the chain to be attached. (In my case I used the larger chain in the picture and a jump ring did not look right with the chain so I used my wire cutters to cut a link on the chain. I cut it in half and glue that to the back of my button.)

5. Attach the chain to your jump ring. Be sure to pay attention to how you place the chain on both sides because you don’t want it to twist or be place in the wrong order if you use more than one. That can create an overlapping problem with the chains when you go to put them on to see your final result. In the end, even if in the right order, just like a necklace the chain can twist because one button can loop itself inside the chains (if you use more than one). In that instance just adjust it and continue getting ready.

6. Lastly, put your button collar tips on, making sure to stick them through the stitching in the collar versus any ‘ol place because you don’t want unnecessary holes. That only leads to rips and tears if you aren’t careful and yes, depending on the fabric your top is made of.

If you do not see a place to stick the collar and you didn’t use clip on earrings then use them on a tougher fabric like a denim shirt or something. Should you have to wear a silk blouse or something, upon removal, rub the hole made with your nail against the grain to close the hole back up.

7. Don’t forget to use the clutch comfort backs to keep the tips in place!

I put mine on just a tad bit crooked (sleep deprived okay? lol) but what do you think? Will you be trying this DIY?

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