Make a Simple Necklace Backer

When it comes to packaging handmade jewelry, I think it's important that the packaging reflects the style of the shop and the overall feel that the seller wants to give. For me, it's important to upcycle materials to make that packaging. I've previously shared how to make the bases for jewelry backers using thin cardboard and book paper. As well, you can find my method for creating fish hook earring cards and earring cards for lever-back earrings. But, I haven't shown you how I use the bases to make a simple necklace backer.

It really is a super simple process. Start with your basic backer base (I love alliteration!) along with a pair of scissors, a regular-size hole punch, and your necklace.

Keep in mind that the size of your backer will depend on the necklace itself. You'll want to lay the necklace out on the backer first to measure how you want it displayed. From there, punch two holes at the top of your backer, about 1/2-3/4 inch down from the top edge where the necklace chain will cross.

Use your scissors to cut slits from the top edge down to your punched holes.

Insert each side of the chain of your necklace into the slits, centering your focal piece on the backer.

If the back of the chain hangs too long, you can twist and loop it up and insert it back through the slits to secure it like I did in this quick video tutorial on the process.
Of course, you could also bag up the chain in a small baggie and staple or tape it to the back too.

These backers are ideal for shipping necklaces that I sell on Etsy as they provide a sturdy base for the necklace and bubble wrap. 
You can see the rest of how I package an Etsy order in another post if you're interested. 

For the necklaces in the booth at Southern Antiques and Accents, I find it better to use simple handmade tags that hang from the chain. I may share that process with you at another time. However, if you have any questions about how to create these Necklace Backers, please don't hesitate to let me know.


  1. I used to make similar necklace backers when I was starting out. But I soon realised that they don't play nice with necklaces where the beads are strung as opposed to looped and one with chains at the back get tangled. Now I simply put them in a rectangular box and ship. How do you pack necklaces with bigger beads or strung beads?

    1. Divya,
      I don't do much stringing anymore, but haven't had a problem slipping the beads into the slits when I have used strung beads. As well, as for ones with a chain on the back, I twist and loop the chain back through or attach a baggie to the back with the chain in it. Granted, this isn't the be-all-end-all for necklace cards, but it works nicely for my upcyling brand and need. And, I only need it as support to get to the buyer for shipping. It's not intended to be kept for any length of time and ensures that there's not as much waste as there would be with a box.

  2. I don't do much shipping but it's a good idea to keep in mind - it's upcycling and recycling together :) Oh, and it could also work as a display option for shows.


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