Embellished Collar DIY | Pearls & Vintage Rhinestones OHMY

embellished collar diy

Collars and embellished collars have been making their rounds on the internet and blogs for the past couple of years now. I think we can point our fingers at Miu Miu and their pretty kitty & swallow collars for starting the trend. But because I thought I saw so many refashioned collars and collar necklaces floating around, I purposely did not do a DIY for one. You know I don’t like to be a copycat. Apparently however, a Look 4 Less reader was on the hunt for a DIY embellished collar and couldn’t find any that suited her. So I offered a hand and thought I’d give it my own spin using faux pearls, vintage rhinestone earrings & buttons, as well as vintage aurora borealis beads from an old broken necklace {as I did for my encrusted V-neck DIY}. Rather than cluttering up the entire collar though, I created a pretty visual pattern that begins on one side and ends on the other.

*NOTE* Once embellished, your shirt will have to be dry-cleaned or carefully hand-washed and hung dry. It’s the price you pay for fashion OR you can also choose to remove your collar entirely from the rest of the blouse and wear it as a necklace of sorts, pairing it with any outfit you like.

Here’s What You’ll Need…

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* A blouse with a nice collar. Mine is blush/pink that I found at a thrift shop, with a nice sturdy collar that will keep its shape even with the weight of the embellishments. You can see me wearing it here in 2010 with under the collar necklaces.

* Faux pearls in 2-3 sizes. I also used a craft strand to save a little time. Rhinestone buttons, beads, earrings… whatever you like really, that you can hand-stitch on.

* Needle/Thread/Scissors


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* First, visually lay out your largest pearls or precious findings. Other than the vintage rhinestone earrings dangling from the ends, I chose not to match the two sides. Carefully hand stitch each into place {but not onto your shirt below}.

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* Using medium sized pearls or beads, begin filling in the spaces in between. Then with the smallest beads or pearls, filling in the even smaller spaces.

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* Adding large, medium, and small beads, pearls, and rhinestones gives it depth and texture.

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* Continue overlapping and filling in the blanks until you have a finished look you are pleased with.

*NOTE* Mine has a “dipped” feeling which I really love… but you may choose to embellish just the tips, just the edges, sporadically overall, or clustered entirely. You can also choose to add chains, studs, sequins, or even just cover your collar in an already-embellished ribbon. It’s up to you 😉


Embellished collar diy - pink and gray

embellished collar diy

Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Me salen alas (si me paras los pies...)

    February 21, 2012 |

    Beautiful!! You are a artist!!!
    Guauuu!! Cool post ;D
    Kisses from Madrid ♥ ♥

  • Sarah Mikaela

    February 21, 2012 |

    Thanks for the tutorial! Can’t wait to get down to it 🙂

    Sarah Mikaela

    Framboise Fashion

  • Natali

    February 21, 2012 |

    Omg! This is the most beautiful DIY I’ve ever seen!! I MUST do this myself!


  • Miss Caitlin S.

    February 21, 2012 |

    oh, that looks SO lovely!! I love it. I swear Meagan, you have the best ideas.

  • Laure

    February 21, 2012 |

    This is very beautiful as always when you use your fingers!

  • Plc training center in chennai

    February 21, 2012 |


    very nice and grate

  • Ajah

    February 21, 2012 |

    this is so beautiful! your DIYs are always the best!

  • MforMegan

    February 21, 2012 |

    Such a stunning DIY!! Love it! 🙂

  • Kathleen

    February 21, 2012 |

    This is stunning!

  • mouse

    February 21, 2012 |

    that looks so gorgeous!

  • thankfifi

    February 21, 2012 |

    I so much prefer yours to all the other versions I’ve seen because of the asymmetry. Very pretty.x

  • Kristen

    February 21, 2012 |

    Looks great with the uneven collar tips!


    February 21, 2012 |

    this is s pretty! great idea

  • Janine A

    February 21, 2012 |

    you are beyond talented!! quite the inspiration, M!!

  • House of Avandan

    February 21, 2012 |

    Very pretty! Love it!

    A jewelry blog.

  • CessOviedo

    February 21, 2012 |

    I’m literally screaming about how cute this look! The beads totally turn around the shirt!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • H*

    February 21, 2012 |

    this is lovely!

  • Prêt-à-Penser

    February 21, 2012 |

    beautiful DIY! great job 🙂


  • Alice Barton

    February 21, 2012 |

    wow, quite amazing, so well done!! xx
    Alice Barton ♥ The Mow Way

  • Aline

    February 21, 2012 |

    BEST collar tutorial I have seen yet. love it!!!

  • Srta. Holly

    February 22, 2012 |

    I have a blue cotton shirt and would be a good idea to update it with some details in the neck.
    I love it.
    a kiss

  • Alela Sirah

    February 22, 2012 |

    Beautiful DIY!
    Hey! Did you get my text today?

  • Sarees

    February 22, 2012 |

    This is the most beautiful.Best collar tutorial I have ever seen.this is lovely!

  • Yuliya ♥

    February 22, 2012 |

    Love it ♥ ♥

  • drollgirl

    February 22, 2012 |

    this is BEA YOU TI FUL! and i love that it is asymmetrical! it is gorgeous!

  • Grace - Stripes and Sequins

    February 22, 2012 |

    This turned out so well – love it!

  • bananas.

    February 23, 2012 |

    fuck!!! you win…yup you’re the DIY queen. i quit!!!


    seriously though…this rocks!

  • Smalltropolis

    February 24, 2012 |

    What an unusual and cute idea!

  • Anonymous

    February 25, 2012 |

    wow its too much and amazing Idea for Collar.
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  • Ash .R

    March 10, 2012 |

    I posted a link to your tutorial on my blog, beauuuutiful collar!

  • Anonymous

    December 19, 2012 |

    very nice dress…

  • Marina

    February 20, 2013 |

    I love this collar! Amazing idea! You have such a great ideas for DIY! I love them all!


  • Melina Carla

    April 24, 2013 |

    Bravissima megan, ottimo lavoro!

  • Carmen Pastor

    June 30, 2013 |

    Hello, my name is Carmen, I have 15 years and one of my dreams is fashion, so http://miescueladetacones.blogspot.com.es/ opened a blog and I hope you like and let comments, a kiss.

  • TJ

    August 30, 2013 |

    Gorgeous top!

    TJ, Royal Quartz

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