After searching (for as long as my attention span would allow) for a necklace to compliment my Easter Outfit, and being completely over the mall and all of it’s madness (I’m sure I was there for an hour), I decided I would make my own dang necklace! After all, it’d be one of a kind – I could make exactly what I wanted. But it’d have to be easy. Like, let’s say, have so much fun the entire weekend that I had to make it 15 minutes before church, easy. It’s. That. Easy. Let’s get to it!
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Do you know how to braid? Can you shop at a thrift store? Yea?! Yea!! Well this DIY project is just for you! Here’s the How To:
1. Purchase your Materials:
– 4.5 yards of craft cord/home decor trim (found at a craft store)
– a brooch (preferably found at a thrift/resale store or a garage sale)
– tape (to stop raveling if using decor trim)
– thin craft wire (to provide a clean finish look)
Now don’t let me get started on the thrift store vs. garage sale prices. I’ve shopped at thrift stores my entire life, but due to their popularity over the past few years, the prices of their merchandise have gone up. I paid $6 & $11 for brooches from the thrift store, whereas I paid $1 each for brooches from a garage sale. I love my brooches equally, though. They are all truly one of a kind.
2 on left – thrifted; 2 on right – garage sale finds
2. Cut the cord/trim into 3 equal parts.
If using the 4.5 yards, cut into 1.5 yard pieces.
3. Hold the 3 pieces together and tie a knot, leaving at least 1.5″ at the end.
4. Braid. And braid some more. Until you reach the end, then you tie a knot again.
5. Decide your end finish – tie end with wire or let it be.
Leave the ends loose for a free look, or tie the optional wire around the ends for a polished look.
6. Place the braided cord around your neck, and secure the two ends with the brooch of your preference.
Left: 6 yards of craft cord (knotted behind brooch to make shorter); Center, 4.5 yards of decor trim; Right: 3 yards of decor trim.
7. Be fabulous!
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And that’s that, folks! In 7 steps, for the low-low ($), you have created your own fashionably late necklace!
I like to wear mine with long and flowing open tops, like so:
But I know they can be styled many more ways!
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