DIY: Pearl Stud Collar

Today’s DIY is a little different than usual, as I’m collaborating with Kiley and Caitlin.  They are each styling their own pearl collar tops today on their blogs.  This certainly isn’t the first (or last) collar DIY that you’ll see, but I love this project because (if you ask me,) the pearl studs I used were pretty awesome.  As a crafts nerd, I geek out a little when I find a new supply I love, and these fit the bill.  I’m so pleased with how the end result turned out.  I’d been bored with this top, and now it’s become something really special that I’ll really look forward to wearing.  While gluing on each individual stud is a bit time consuming, it is otherwise incredibly easy to make and will withstand visits to the dry cleaner.  Read on for the tutorial; and when you’re done, be sure to stop by A Sequin Dress at Breakfast and Style Within Reach for some fabulous styling inspiration.  I love that they both styled the top so differently!

{I used this blouse from J.Crew, but this is a more affordable option!}

 Materials – Where to Buy:  White Blouse // Jewel-It Glue (I stockpile this stuff, the hold is amazing.) // Pearl Studs

1.  Lay out your studs to determine how they will fit.  // 2.  Individually apply a drop of glue to each stud; and apply them to the collar.  // 3.  Gradually apply each stud; pressing down firmly.  // 4.  Continue to line up your studs in neat little rows.

5.  Continue along, in net little rows.  // 6.  Begin working from the other side.  // 7.  As you get closer to the middle section, you won’t be able to continue your pattern.  Fill this area in with studs in a uniform fashion.  // 8.  You are done!  Allow to dry overnight.

Don’t forget to pop by Kiley and Caitlin’s blogs for the interesting part – how to style the collar!

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  1. PennyPincherFashion says 6.13.12

    This is so amazing – I wish I had a white silk blouse like this to transform! 🙂

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Buy one vintage!  (Or at Old Navy!)

  2. RealGirlGlam says 6.13.12

    L.O.V.E. this DIY!! So simple but has such a big impact. I have a white blouse that needs a little something and this might just be perfect! Going to check out the other ladies now!

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Do it!!!  It really is so very easy. 🙂

  3. Natalie Merrillyn says 6.13.12

    Soo cute! You are the DIY queen.

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Aw, thank you Natalie!

  4. Donatella says 6.13.12

    there is no such a thing as “too many pearls!” Love it!

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Definitely no such thing.  Thanks Donatella, happy you like it!

  5. Viviana Carmona says 6.13.12

    Looks so pretty!!

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Think you should try it!

  6. Elizabeth Schneider says 6.13.12

    This is so gorgeous, Grace! I love it against the soft silk!

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Thanks Liz!!

  7. Samantha Tananbaum says 6.13.12

    Love this, so classy!


    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      So happy that you like it – hope you give it a try!

  8. Lejla Beba says 6.13.12

    OMG! I love it! Amazing 🙂

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Thanks so much, Lejla!

  9. anna_sterretje says 6.13.12

    ooh how nice! i need to try this (:


    ps. Join my giveaway and win the most beautiful sapphire necklace! 

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Yes you do!! 

  10. Erika [small shop] says 6.13.12

    Oh my goodness you have outdone yourself here! This is adorable and so easy!!

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Thank you Erika, I think you should try making it!

  11. ALyson -- TAGG says 6.13.12

    What an awesome DIY — so, so pretty — and love how you have other bloggers styling. Great idea (and they look gorgeous!).

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      thanks!! Think you should try it, Alyson!

  12. I adore Kiley and her vintage pearly blouse was one I’ve been lusting over so of course I love this DIY!


    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Yay!  I hope you give it a try 🙂

  13. Annie Wilbert says 6.13.12

    OMG!! AMAZING!!!!! I have got to try this!!! xoxo

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      You have to!! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  14. erica says 6.13.12

    Love this! So pretty! I will definitely have to give this a try. xo

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      thanks!  You should!

  15. this is seriously so cool! i had never heard of pearl studs before… i wonder what else i could do with them! maybe a bag?

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Um, a bag would be amazing!

  16. Alex says 6.13.12

    grace this looks so so good! tempted to try it myself!

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Do it!!!

  17. Kara Endres says 6.13.12

    This is so cute! I like how in spite of these being pearls, it gives the blouse some edge. How perfect that they all fit on there so nice and neat. 🙂

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Thanks Kara 🙂 I hope you try it!

  18. Courtney Pearce says 6.13.12

    wow, love this! I need to get back to DIY’ing my clothes that I get bored with

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      I hope you try this one… it’s easy and fun!

  19. Amarilloneon Shop Diy says 6.13.12

    Great idea, fantastic.


    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      thanks so much!!

  20. Jane Bearden says 6.13.12

    looks goood!! =)

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Thank you, Jane!!

  21. Julie & Lauren says 6.13.12

    SUCH a creative way to spice up an otherwise ‘ordinary’ shirt in your closet. Your fab, Grace! XO

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Thank you, ladies!  I think you should give it a try!

  22. My Babykins says 6.13.12

    this looks DIVINE!!!  even I could do this!

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Yes you could, and I hope you do!!

  23. so cute G! This is definitely one that I need to try! xo

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      You do!  (Just not on one of your gorgeous Equipment tops! 😉

  24. Little Red Book says 6.14.12

    Very well done! So elegant and chic.

    • Grace Atwood says 6.14.12

      Thank you so much!

  25. style-xyz says 6.14.12

    great post! love this idea!

    • graceatwood says 6.14.12

      It’s true! Hope you give it a try!

  26. Kira says 6.14.12

    for washing it the shirt post DIY, would you just have to spot clean?

    • graceatwood says 6.14.12

      I would dry clean! Mine is silk so can’t go in the washer anyway.

  27. Pri says 6.15.12

    awesomeeee shirt!!! I think I might do it & I rarely do DIY! (fear of screwing it up lmao). Anyways regarding cleaning if the collar shirt is just cotton do you think it would survive in the wash with the pearls on it?

    • graceatwood says 6.15.12

      I don’t think it would be a good idea. The Fabri-tak is pretty strong, but I still wouldn’t put it in the washer. I’d wash it by hand if it’s cotton! 🙂

    • graceatwood says 6.15.12

      Pri, I just found this glue. It says safe for the washer, so maybe you’ll want to try using this one instead!

  28. Mel says 6.18.12

    Where did you get the pearls?

    • graceatwood says 6.18.12

      On! I linked to the product at the beginning of the post. 🙂

  29. Tamra Sanford says 6.19.12

    Quite possibly my favorite DIY yet!!! This is amazing Grace, not only a fab DIY, but trend setting piece!! 

    • graceatwood says 6.20.12

      You are so sweet, Tamra! I’m so happy you like it. We’ll have to have a crafts date and make them. xo

    • graceatwood says 6.25.12

      thank you eneri!!

  30. Essence says 7.4.12

    So cool, I am going to do this. Now I have to find a blouse.

    • graceatwood says 7.5.12

      thank you! I linked to a few options in the post… hope that is helpful! If you make it, I’d love to see a photo! good luck! 🙂

  31. fernanda (brazil) says 7.14.12

    hey grace, such a a great DIY!
    i’m just wondering how many pearls you’ve used on it?
    do you think it would look beautiful on a yellow candy shirt too?


    • graceatwood says 7.15.12

      Hi Fernanda, I hope this helps – I used 1.5 packages of the pearls that I linked to in the post. It was a lot – I’m not entirely sure of the exact number!

    • graceatwood says 7.15.12

      And yes, I think it would look lovely on yello!

  32. Fiona says 7.26.12

    This turned out amazing you have inspired me, I have been looking for a good fabric glue also xx

    • graceatwood says 7.26.12

      Yay! Oh it is the best. I hope you try it – if you do, please email me a photo of the finished result – would love to feature it on the S+S facebook page!

  33. StyleFashionista says 8.3.12


    • graceatwood says 8.5.12

      So happy that you like it!

  34. Sayra says 11.23.12

    I love this idea! I’ll definitely be trying it out!

    • Grace Atwood says 11.23.12

      so glad to hear that! If you make it, feel free to email me a pic – would love to feature you on my facebook page 🙂

  35. Tilly says 1.6.13

    Hi! I’ve just found your blog and am so glad I did. I love this pearl collar – so beautiful. I make my own clothes so would love to add this detail to a collar one of these days. Thank you for sharing the tutorial.