Make Your Own: DIY Statement Necklace

DIY statement necklace o
DIY statement necklace l
Let’s be real for a minute. Although television¬†commercials might try to convince you otherwise, if we all had to wait for our significant others to gift us the jewelry we wanted, most of us would have pretty empty jewelry boxes. I remember my grandmother showing me her jewelry collection and telling me that if you want something, you should save up and buy it (We only differed on our jewelry source of choice – hers is QVC and mine is Catbird). But I’ve taken her advice to heart and when I want to celebrate something special, I save my pennies and buy a piece of jewelry that I love. But my New York budget doesn’t allow for splurges as frequently as a jewelry-loving girl might wish, which is why I’m loving these jewelry DIYs. This one comes from Australian-born, Hong Kong resident Geneva Vanderzeil, who is also author of DIY Fashionista: 40 Stylish Projects to Re-Invent and Update Your Wardrobe, and founder of A Pair & a Spare. Since we went a little minimal with our last jewelry DIY, we asked Geneva to make us something that’s a little more of a statement piece.¬† -Amy

*You can buy a full kit to make this DIY right here, too!

DIY statement necklace a

Materials Needed
A piece of felt
Rhinestones (here, here, and here)
Jewelry plyers
Needle and Thread
2 end caps
A lobster clasp and jump rings

DIY statement necklace b

DIY statement necklace c
1. Cut out your felt into squares and then plan your design. You may want to draw it or copy the one we have created. Using a toothpick or skewer, put some glue onto the back of the rhinestones

DIY statement necklace d
2. Begin applying the crystals to the felt.

DIY statement necklace e
3. Continue creating your pattern.

DIY statement necklace f
4. Once you have made your pattern, let it dry overnight.

5. Cut out the pattern, making sure to cut as close to the crystals as possible so that the felt can’t be seen.

DIY statement necklace g

DIY statement necklace h
6. Add glue to the end caps and press them onto the ends of the rope.

DIY statement necklace i
7. Add a jump ring to one end cap and a jump ring and lobster clasp to the other end.

DIY statement necklace j

DIY statement necklace k
8. Sew or glue your jewel clusters to the necklace, making sure they are centred.

DIY statement necklace m
9. Voila!

DIY statement necklace n

  1. Too funny! I just decided to stop waiting for the saving of the pennies and teach myself to make my own statement jewelry. I blogged three necklaces I made recently on Monday:

  2. Kelcey says:

    Love this! I’m all for DIY jewelry. It’s so great to be able to create exactly what you want and not have to search for it. I posted a necklace DIY on my blog recently if you’re interested :)


  3. wendy says:

    Did you use the large end caps or the mini ones? The “mini” ones you linked are sized 1cm tall by 0.8cm wide, while the black rope you linked measures 1.3cm wide.

  4. Wendy says:

    Did you use the the “mini” end caps you linked or the large ones offered on that site? The mini ones you linked measure .08cm wide, while the rope you linked measures 1.3cm wide.

  5. Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the challenges.
    It was really informative. Your site is extremely helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!

  6. Anna says:

    Hi! just a quick question. I’ve seen ppl use plastic canvas mesh in their statement jewellry designs, what do the actual high end designers use, is there a more expensive higher quality item than plastic canvas mesh ? Thx

  7. Wow! That came out amazing. I am planning to make something with a thick red thread as the base. Hope it turns out well :)


Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.