DIY Metal Collar Necklace

by Alicia on April 26, 2011

Have you seen all the metal collars lately? Dream & Dress did a great round up of this trend, but most of the options were pretty expensive. Time to DIY!

(Images: Streetfsn, Jak & Jil)

I was just going to buy a flat piece of sheet metal at Home Depot, but then I ran into this thing.

Apparently this is a storm collar. It costs about $10 and some basic Google searching tells me it’s supposed to keep rain out of your house. But here in Houston it hasn’t rained in months (sorry to rub it in, rest of the country) so here’s a better use – a collar necklace. You’ll also need some tin snips to cut the metal. If you can’t find some in the toolbox of your husband/dad/neighbor then you can buy them for about $10, too. Go get some now, because I have more uses for them coming up soon.

Cut off the part of the collar that has the metal brackets welded to it. Then CAREFULLY put the collar on and start gently shaping it by bending the metal with your hands.

Flip the collar over and use a Sharpie to draw on the underside where you want to cut away the extra metal. I didn’t do any measuring or break out the compass – a rough sketch will do. I made it the full width at the center and a little less than half the original width at the back. Mark some dots in between and then connect them with an arc.

Cut it out along the line. To make the cutting easier, bend away the metal you are removing as you cut to allow your tin snips to more easily follow the arc that you’ve drawn. If you continue to cut in a long line (instead of starting and stopping several times) you are less likely to have lots of sharp pokey bits along the edge. I bought a file to smooth the edges but didn’t even need it. Finally, use the tin snips to round the back edges to remove the sharp corners.

Seriously, removing the glue from the UPC sticker was the hardest part of this DIY!

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raven April 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

WOW I would’ve never thought of this. I go to Home Depot sometimes for inspiration too since so many of those tools/materials can be used for something else (I really kinda love that store). But I’ve never turned out anything this cool. I love how it’s a very chic modern piece + looks like you paid a hefty price for it!



Alicia April 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Thanks Raven! I love wandering through there too – orange vested employees are always asking if they can help me find something ;)


Lia April 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

This is ridiculously fantastic Alicia! I love it, and I love how you styled it too, fantastic job!!


Alicia April 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Thanks Lia – in reply to your Twitter comment, the shoes are Aldo and the belt is from Express c.1999


Molly April 27, 2011 at 10:34 am

Gorgeous! Is it comfortable to wear?


Alicia April 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

It is comfortable – I wore it grocery shopping :) I think because I shaped the metal to fit me perfectly it doesn’t poke or hurt.


Evelin April 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

You’re wonderful!

I’ve been spotting these metal collars and armour jewelry in general everywhere and I can’t help but love the trend. It’s elegant and rough at the same time and truly quite timeless!

You found an amazing way to make it yourself, thanks for the inspiration :)


Soccer Mom Style July 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm

This is too cute. Very creative and looks FAB!


alicia July 8, 2011 at 4:27 am

Thanks Maya :)


Soccer Mom Style August 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Hi Alicia, did you buy your storm collar at Home Depot? I went there today and could not find that kind (they did have other more bulkier ones). Thanks so much for all your tips and wonderful ideas!!


Alicia August 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I did buy it at Home Depot. I found this one online that looks like what I used if you can’t find it at your local store:,-chimney-pipe/Detail.bok – maybe print out a pic and bring it in so an employee can help you look?


Erin September 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Thank you for your constant inspiration! I wanted to show you a project that I realized could be possible after seeing your collar tutorial.

xo erin @


Carrie December 8, 2011 at 9:03 am

Just wanted to know if it the metal will cause any rashes and if you thought of spraying it with a some type of coating.


alicia December 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

I haven’t had any problem, but if you are sensitive I would spray it with a clear coat to be safe.


Eli B. February 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Just a tip, remove labels of almost anything by spraying / soaking it with WD-40. If you can get most of the sticker off and expose it a bit, it works even better. Then just soap off the WD-40.


alicia February 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Thanks for the tip!


Jenny March 16, 2012 at 5:30 am

I just stumbled upon this, and it’s so cool! I’m awed by your ingenuity on this piece – I would never have thought of this while passing by “storm collars” at Home Depot. Has it aged or oxidized at all since you made it?


alicia March 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

Thanks Jenny. No, it hasn’t changed at all. I think since it made for installation outdoors it’s going to hold up for a long time!


Cathy Speerly April 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

Amazing project. I noticed there are several sizes. The one you link to is an 8 inch. Is that the size you used? I am so excited to try this project and can’t wait for more from you. I love it!


Alicia April 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

Huh, now I’m not sure. I only remember there being one size when I was at Home Depot. 8″ sounds about right, though. Thanks!


Christina May 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

That’s A M A Z I N G! :) great idea!


Chris November 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Your my kind of girl! You can find the craziest things at HD. Also get things at Harbor Freight.


mesno May 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Amazing …maybe dangerous though!


marlene May 28, 2013 at 6:50 am

I would seal it with some kind of sealer. Maybe even several coats. Your link is for a galvanized piece of metal. I was told that you should not use galvanized metal for jewelry. Don’t know if this is true or not but safe is better then sorry.
BTW, Love the look and the Tut.


alicia May 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

Thanks! I did seal it with clear acrylic and still have it :)


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