DIYs & Tutorials

DIY Ribbon Statement Necklace

October 24, 2010

This post includes a DIY ribbon bib statement necklace and a rant about the fun of shopping for handcrafting supplies in La Ceiba. I know, I know…there’s plenty of DIY statement necklaces on the www already, but this one’s pretty cool. Trust me.

Here’s the thing, there’s only ONE major supply store in La Ceiba, so when shopping it must be done expectation-free. What to do:

Casa Ennabe - La Ceiba, Honduras

You make a TO BUY list to bring with you, knowing half the things you’re looking for might not even be there. In a way it’s good because it forces you to be creative. Once you’re there, you take a number. Stand behind the counter. AS MUCH AS YOU WANT TO JUMP OVER THE COUNTER DON’T DO IT. Browse quickly. Don’t make people wait! The ladies who will attend you are really nice, but it’s always crowded in there.

Craft store - La Ceiba, Honduras

To-buy lists aren’t effective for me, though. I always end up buying random things because they stock up on really cool weird thingies (stored in food containers). If I’m lucky enough to catch them with my eye, THEY’RE MINE.

On to the DIY…
DIY Ribbon Statement Necklace Materials

Draw the shape of your necklace on paper to use as the pattern. Place it over felt and cut two pieces. Buy ribbon and buttons or steal them from grandma’s clothing. I did a square shape with my ribbon, to fit my pattern, by flipping triangle shapes until it was formed into a square shape…I have NO idea how to explain this properly. Pardon me.

DIY Statement Ribbon Necklace tutorial

The rest is mad easy, I just hand-sewed a bead to the center of my ribbon square on top of the sheer ribbon strips and then on to one of the felt pieces.After that, I glued the other felt piece to the first one right after I had added the long ribbon that would be tied around the neck.

DIY Ribbon Statement Necklace - final step

To finish it, I carefully zig-zagged them together with my sewing machine so I wouldn’t catch the ribbon, and it was dunzo. Ohhh, and don’t forget to slightly burn the ribbon edges before you assemble the necklace so they won’t fray .

DIY Ribbon Statement Necklace Outfit

My sis is keeping this necklace, she looks smokin’ with it…and she knows it! That worries me sometimes.


 As for my personal style, dark and gloomy days it has been. I’ve been going to a school where I have to wear jeans and flats and it’s poopy. On weekends I RUN back to my skirts…I literally run.

Outfit Honduras blogger

I haven’t even been able to do any thrift shopping lately, either. I did get these glittery gold á la Dorothy shoes for like 50 lempiras (less than 3 dollars) a loong time ago when shopping with Lutfi.

Glitter bow heels

By the way, I went to the Fashion Week Honduras event last weekend and had a pretty good time, but I’m still debating if I should post about it or not. For now, I leave you with a Fall inspiration picture I took in front of grandma’s house…the sir was quite the gentleman. Hooray for tiny flower prints, earth tones and plaid, flat caps!


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  • Reply Ania October 24, 2010 at 9:59 am

    jeeez, finally ;D please do post about that event, the more posts the better… people are waiting!

    + that diy collar looks really great.

  • Reply thewhitecamera♥ October 24, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I loooove your blog! Following you right now 😉

  • Reply WendyB October 25, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Always nice to see you pop in. Your sis is amazing!

  • Reply La Gringa October 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    So glad to see you post again! I’m sorry to hear that Ennabe is the only place for craft-type stuff. I was hoping that you knew about another that I didn’t.

    I’m dying to hear about Fashion Week and where you are moving!

  • Reply snmfashiion October 29, 2010 at 5:45 am

    wow i didnt even know honduras had a fashion week!

  • Reply Anonymous October 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Me encanta tu blog Fabi!! Me fascina que hay gente que no tiene miedo de vestirse a su gusto en un pais como el nuestro!!! Congrats!!
    El collar está bello!
    Te quiero preguntar donde consigues tus thrift store finds (bags, dresses..)???
    Thank you in advance.

  • Reply Raúl Valdivia October 31, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Fabi-Louise your DIY is giving me so much life right now. The sheerness/blackness of the fabric is very Lanvin-esque therefore classy therefore everything anyone ever needed and wanted and didn’t even know it. It is of the utmost importance howevah to let you know it would be lovely if you post more often dear Wait who is that Brittish person? Don’t listen it’s your blog post whenever you want.

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  • Reply A La Mode November 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    That DIY necklace is gorgeous!!

  • Reply KIRAFASHION November 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    such a nice necklace and such genius idea!

  • Reply anastasheeka November 25, 2010 at 6:28 am

    the DIY necklace is lovely. thanks for the idea of making it 🙂

  • Reply Rosa&Carlotta November 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

    the DIY necklace is awesome! You’re so good!! 🙂 🙂

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  • Reply Taylor December 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Adorable! I love your blog. The necklace you made is so cute. I also love your patent leather clutch in the one photo!

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