I made it, you like it, do you want to learn how?

Hey Cuties,

I’m still in Valentine’s Day mode, have you gotten your dude something yet? Are you a satisfied single and doing the Galentine’s Day thing with your girlfriends? If you are like me, it will likely be a family night.  Either way that is cool.

Either way, you need something to wear and I’ve got a cute situation for you. First, I did the DIY Pearl Collar that wears much like a necklace. Now I’m doing a DIY Pearl shirt with a focus on the collar. You can really add the pearls wherever you want them.

DIY Pearl Shirt


You need the shirt of your choice, pearls with a flat back and glue. (Substitute option: Pearls, needle, and thread.)

DIY Pearl Shirt

Getting started

I worked while the collar was still folded down, this allows you to see your working area better.  You need to know how many rows you will need.  I started with the bottom of my color and I rubbed the glue directly on the collar and then place the pearls one by one. Continue to routine until you finish the first row.

DIY Pearl Shirt

Row 2

You should have found your groove by now that you’ve finished your first row. Adjust your technique if you necessary and keep moving on to your second row.

DIY Pearl Shit

Row 3

By the third row, you will be a full-on expert. As you move along be sure to go back and press the pearls firmly into the fabric.

DIY Pearl Shirt

All done

Your finished product should look something like this. You can do the entire collar all the way around or you can just do each side.  It is a super cute way to give new life to a shirt. I’m going to pair this with my DIY Beaded Boyfriend Jeans I made and rock them at fashion week. Stay tuned.

Pearl Shirt

Styled for the Jimmy Burner Show, New York Fashion Week

I paired my pearl collar button up with a black off the shoulder top. I loved the way it turned out.

DIY Pearl Shirt

A close-up

DIY Pearl Shirt


How would you style this up? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Tanya

    Mimi, this is too cute. I would definitely use this on a pink or black shirt. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Stacie

    You just took a plain white button up shirt to the next level! I love it.

  3. LaShawn

    I would have never thought to do this! This would be really cute with dark skinny jeans and a bright colored heel.

  4. Ramona

    This is a cute shirt. I love the pearl collar. Such a great idea.

  5. Kirstin Fuller

    Fabulous look! You’re giving Martha Stewart a run for her money. This is making me want to go to the nearest Michael’s for supplies!

  6. Jonna

    Loving this idea for transforming a button up. Adds something different, and you could use other stones or gems besides pearls if you want more color. As always, you killed it.

  7. LaShon Renee

    Super cute DIY idea. It easy enough that even I can do it!

  8. Ty

    Very cute. What I love is that anyone can make this. Thanks!!

  9. Kiwi

    YOu did an amazing job on this DIY. More importantly this totally looks like your style all the way!

  10. robin masshole mommy

    What an awesome way to class up a plain old shirt. I Love how it came out and I totally need to try this on one of my shirts.

  11. Alli

    You always come up with the best ideas when it comes to embellishing clothing and shoes. The pearls really add a beautiful touch of class to a plain white shirt. Gorgeous!

  12. candy

    Well this is something I would never have thought to do, but I love how easy and simple it is to make. Do you have to hand wash the shirt now after adding the beading?

  13. Franc Ramon

    The pearl collar can make a shirt stand out. It’s nice that it’s easy to do and follow.

  14. Chrishelle

    Awesome fashion statement. You made this simple white shirt look so high end. I have got to try to make one for my daughter, she would love it.

  15. Joanna

    This is really cute! I used jazz up customer’s stones and studs when I worked in a woman’s boutique in college. It’s a great way to stand out when everyone looks the same these days.

  16. Jeanette

    Oh wow you are most definitely creative! I would’ve never thought of something like this. It looks awesome. I’m deathly going to have to try something like this on my shirt.

  17. Dawn McAlexander

    That really brought some bling to an ordinary shirt collar. That looks great to wear out on the town. I love it when you are able to beautify something with stuff you have at home.

  18. Annemarie LeBlanc

    What an innovative way to make a basic piece look stunning! I will have to look in my closet for a plain colored blouse that I rarely use and spruce it out a bit. Thanks for the idea.

  19. Christy Maurer

    What an adorable way to make that shirt special! It looks like it would be easy too! You look adorable in it 🙂

  20. Shirley Wood

    So this is going on my to-do list! Wouldn’t it be cute on a denim shirt too! I love how dressy it turned out. Your outfit will be so cute for fashion week.

  21. Heidi Dee

    That is super cute! I love how you layered it under the off shoulder sweater as well!

  22. Vany|misscoilyhair

    This looks great Mimi. I’m just not that creative to come up with something so cute and so simple.

  23. Bella

    This is WAY too cute! I love how simple this idea is but it makes it a whole new peice.

  24. Anosa

    Wow, this is so nice! I’ll do this too to redesign my outfits! Thanks for the idea!

  25. Emily

    This is such a pretty addition to the shirt! I love how th softness of the shirt is paired with the rest of the outfit.

  26. Kita Bryant

    I have some of that glue laying around! What a great way to spice up a shirt!

  27. Stephanie Pass

    This came out just gorgeous! But, what is your secret to E6000 glue? I can never get that stuff to work right. It drives me crazy.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Stephanie, I use the medium size tube. They have tiny ones where you add a point to it. They have medium size that come in a pointed tube already. They have a big size that is round with no point. Use the medium size that has a point. Sometimes it helps to let it sit a minute before use so it is more tacky. I also use tweezers to apply my items.

  28. Chubskulit Rose

    Very classy and fashionable. You made a simple shirt into extraordinary!

  29. CourtneyLynne

    Omg just loving the shirt!!!! The pearls definitely added a fabulous touch! So need to make one

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