Blair Waldorf Inspired Broach: Ribbon Necklace

Fab Sakker
by Fab Sakker
7 Materials
45 Minutes

After posting a Blair Waldorf-inspired style guide, one of the main things that people kept asking about was the neck bow that I was wearing. As much as I would love to send you guys all to the tiny boutique in Singapore where I bought that neck bow from, that's obviously not possible. So, instead, I thought I’d teach you guys how to DIY your own version of this accessory.

Tools and materials:

  • Ribbon (1.5 inches thick)
  • Ribbon (0.4 inches thick)
  • Broach backings
  • Jewel (or make your own using craft crystals, pearls, and a metal base)
  • Hot glue gun (low heat)
  • Lighter
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
Ribbon neck bow

Make your bow 

Cut out two strips of your longer ribbon, each one 24 inches long. Lay the two pieces of ribbon on top of each other to make the ribbon sturdier and easier to work with. Next, following the image above, fashion the ribbon into a bow shape. (If you need, use pins to help keep your two ribbons aligned). 

DIY ribbon necklace

Make a second bow 

Cut a piece from our smaller ribbon and make a second bow (again, following the image above). Then, go back to your individual bows and place small dabs of hot glue where the fabrics meet to keep them from losing their shape. 

Make a ribbon necklace

Connect the two ribbons 

Place a bit of hot glue onto the center of the thinner bow and secure it onto the thicker bow. Next, cut off a two-inch piece of thin bow and wrap it around the center of both bows to secure them. Simply, place a little bit of glue on the back of the ribbon, take one end, loop it around both your bows, and pull it a little tight to get that bow shape. Once that’s done secure the ribbon with another dab of hot glue. 

How to make a ribbon necklace

Make your jewel 

Cut the edges of the bow into diagonal shapes (facing downwards) and then singe the ends of the ribbon with a lighter. Next, glue your broach pin to the back of the bow. Now, if you are making your own broach, start with a piece of metal and glue four pearls across it. Then, add some hot glue to the sides and gaps and fill it with crystals. Finally, to finish the bow, simply hot glue the jewel piece onto the center! 

Basic ribbon necklace

I am so happy with how this bow turned out! The ribbon neck bow is so girly and simple and adds so much to my outfits. I also thought about adding a hairpin in the back to make it a hairpiece. 

Suggested materials:
  • Ribbon
  • Broach backings
  • Jewel
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