How to Make a DIY Choker for Less

I’m sure you’ve noticed a new (not so new) trend, the choker! It reminds me of the days when I would wear weird stretchy things around my neck in the 90s, along with my spice girls, and butterfly clips. It’s also a great, trendy way, to get started on a last minute Halloween costume ๐Ÿ˜‰

While I’m not a huge fan of butterfly clips (scrunchies I’m still on board with), give me a cool retro tee and a choker and I’m feeling the 90s vibes. Personally, I love throwing on a choker to add a bit of the 90s to another otherwise non-90s outfit. You can see how I rocked a choker with an otherwise hippy-boho look below (or see the rest here).


Anyways, as you’ve probably guessed, I’m pretty cheap. While I recently buckled down and bought myself some time pieces for fall, generally, I don’t like to spend too much on clothes, especially accessories.

When I saw that chokers were back in style, my first instinct was “where would be 10 year old self have hidden or lost my old ones?”. Alas, no such luck. So, my second instinct was, “wow that literally looks like a piece of ribbon around her neck.” Luckily for me, I recently came into a large supply of ribbon from the UBER Swap I recently did.

If you’re not so lucky, ribbon is pretty darn cheap. You can get cool spools of ribbon at the dollarstore for less than $2, which is good because you only need about 6-9 inches of it. You could also use cool chains if you were so inclined.

Ps. please excuse my horrible hands.


DIY Ribbon Choker

  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 6-9 Inches of Ribbon of Your Choice ($2, Dollar Store)
  • 6-9 Inches of Elastic Band, colour to match ribbon ($2, Dollar store)
  • Needle & Thread, to match (Sewing Kits are $2 at the Dollar Store)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape

Step 1: Measure around your neck with measuring tape. Make sure there is enough extra inches added so that the choker won’t feel constricting on your throat. Add at least 0.5 inches, but I added 1 full inch.

Step 2: Using the measurement of your neck (mine was 13 inches), measure half of that out in ribbon (mine was 7.5 inches). I added 1 extra inch because the ribbon and the elastic have to overlap when you sew them together. My total ribbon was 8.5 inches.

Step 3: Measure out the ribbon the same way as you do the ribbon. Half of the measurement of your neck, plus about 1 inch as overlap. In the end, I had one piece of ribbon that was 8.5 inches, and one piece of elastic that was 8.5 inches.


Step 4:ย Overlap the ribbon and the elastic by 1/2 an inch. Using a needle and thread, go back and forth hand sewing the two pieces together. TIP:ย If your ribbon is fraying, it’s best to sew along the edge of the fray to stop it from going any further. Then cut off any part that is fraying. The stitches you make when sewing should help stop the ribbon from fraying anymore.

Step 5:ย Repeat on the other side.

fullsizerender_4fullsizerender_6Step 6:ย Stretch over your head and wear! The great part about this type of choker is that if you use enough elastic, you could use it as a headband as well!

Here are a couple photos of me wearing this DIY as both a choker and a headband!

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  • I love love love chokers! I should really try this DIY!
    -Anna |

  • Love the diy choker! So cute and looks pretty simple!

  • How cute! I’m not a huge choker person but I love how it looks on others. This DIY is perfect.

  • Cristina

    Ok I totally need to try this! I love DIYs and I love the Choker trend!

    Cristina /

  • this is adorable! Child of Wild has am embroidered choker for sale right now and i want to try to recreate it!

  • Great idea! This trend is huge right now so this will come in handy.

    Alix |

  • That is such a cute choker! I love being able to DIY things and save lots of money doing it!

  • This is so cute! I don’t suit chokers but I love headbands! These are super cute and look so fun to make too!

    Sian x

  • I love the choker look but they are always so expensive! So this is perfect! thanks for sharing!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Love this! I’ve been meaning to grab a choker because I have been loving that they are coming back into style but haven’t found one yet! I’m just going to grab some ribbon and make one myself!

  • Alex

    I have never been into the choker trend, but this looks amazing on you and itโ€™s so creative how you DIYed it! Love!

  • Rachel Timmerman

    Such a neat idea! Making your own is not only a great way to save money but also an opportunity to get crafty ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Such a cool DIY! I can’t wait to make a few chokers using this tutorial!


  • I’ve been wanting to get on the trend of chokers but haven’t seen any cute ones lately! I love that you DIY’ed them!

  • Awesome quick and cheap DIY babe! Looks great on you! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’ซโœจ

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x ||

  • YESSSS YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH I NEEDED THIS! My friends and I have been looking for a guide for FOREVER.