It’s definitely sweater weather here in the Pacific Northwest and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve noticed that cardigan and collar clips have been extremely trendy lately, so I couldn’t resist making my own DIY version. I tried a few different variations of assembling mine, but ultimately fell back on my go-to: The Handy Dandy Glue Gun! I think I need to write a personal thank you letter to the person that invented glue guns because I’ve used mine to create and fix just about everything. I put mine together and was able to wear them in less than 10 minutes, with supplies leftover to make more. It’s an easy and affordable way to add some personality and style to otherwise dull business attire or make an old cardigan feel new again. And with the holidays right around the corner, you can make some spooky and festive ones to accessorize with as well!
12″ of jewelry chain (at the very least)
Wire cutters or industrial scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
2 small metal hair clips/barrettes
Buttons, brooches, pendants, etc..
First measure the area between both sides of your cardigan and collar. I estimated about 5 inches which was the average length of chain I saw for cardigan clips for sale. Measure out that length in your jewelry chain and snip with wire cutters. I chose a double chain style and measured out 6 inches for a second piece.
When your hot glue gun is good and hot, squeeze out a small dab onto the top bottom edge of your metal clip. Working quickly so that the glue doesn’t harden up, place one end of the chain directly into the glue. I used my wire cutters so that I didn’t wind up with yet another hot glue burn. If attaching two chains, place both ends into the glue.
Worst case scenario: Your glue will start to set and you just peel it off and try again. Repeat on the other clip with the other end of the chain(s).
Next run a line of glue up the clip, slightly overlapping the chains. Place button or brooch on the clip and use light pressure so the glue adheres. Hold for 15-20 seconds or until glue sets up. Repeat on the other side.
Boom! You’re done! Clip to the edges of a collared shirt or cardigan and rock your new creation with pride and style!