You know we love us a good statement necklace around here, and we can’t help but look at every new material that comes into the office as potential for another cool and unusual piece of jewelry. We’re constantly on the hunt for new, creative, and crazy ways to up your style game.
We always come back to the necklace because it’s easy to add to any outfit, and can often be the one thing that takes your outfit from standard to striking. Here are 40 beautiful necklaces that you can totally make!
1. Gretchen Jones Necklace: First up, we love the panel-like shape and simplicity of this piece. All that was used to make it was brass rings in various sizes, paracord rope, and a lighter. We’d love to try making a similar one by spray painting key rings gold. (via Honestly WTF)
4. Woven Chain Collar: To create a similar look, you could buy a few chains, a rhinestone necklace or two, and combine using embroidery floss or leather cord for a more rustic look. (via Honestly WTF)
9. Color-Dipped Wooden Beads: The color-dipped look is always a surefire way to transform just about anything from standard to trendy by way of the color block trend. It might be cool to try doing the same thing with all sorts of different sized beads and more angular designs. (via Swallow’s Heart)
12. Leather Diamond Necklace: For a more artistic look that still embraces geometry, you can paint your own faceted gem onto a piece of leather. You could also turn this into dangly earrings or studs on a smaller scale. (via Oh The Lovely Things)
13. Felt Gem Necklace: While we’re on the topic of gems, lets talk about how Anthropologie-esque these felt gems are. They would also be cool as iron-on patches for a tote bag, pea coat, or laptop sleeve. (via Handmade Charlotte)
15. Painted Metal Collar: If you just must have more and more color in your life (we’re happily guilty of this), buy a basic metal collar and hand paint. To avoid chipping, try painting over it with shellac or a glossy glaze. (via Fashion Salade)
20. Brass Ring Necklace: Created as one of 15 Ways to Turn T-Shirts into Jewelry, this brass ring necklace takes less than 5 minutes to make. Like the Gretchen Jones one, you could also try the same looping method using key rings, washers, or even shower curtain rings. (via Brit + Co.)
23. Flat Geometric Necklaces: Geometric shapes and patterns have been trending for a while, and we’re totally on board. These tiny pendants would look great layered with a few other delicate pieces. (via The Lovely Drawer)
26. Colorful Comets: This necklace makes us think of solar system projects in elementary school – love the idea of combining this look with all the galaxy-style prints we’ve been seeing. (via Bittersweet Colours)
29. Wool Bead Jewelry: We know that wool beads can border on the “too crafty” side but these manage to dispel that idea. The rich colors and clean curves make us want to get wooly with it – yes, wooly with it. (via Aesthetic Nest)
30. Tiered Ombre Necklace: Spandex might be one of the most versatile crafting materials out there. You can make beach wraps, necklaces, rugs, and who knows what else! This necklace was made by weaving spandex in and out of chain. (via Brit + Co.)
32. Gold Ring and String: Summer wedding season is starting up and this could easily be your statement piece for 2013. For a different look, you could also try using rope, fabric, or a combo of chain and string instead of embroidery floss. (via Flax and Twine)
33. Sequined Chain: This colorful piece was made by sewing turquoise sequins onto an existing gold chain necklace. You could use a whole bunch of colors, do longer sections of sequin, or layer with tons of other necklaces. (via Brit + Co.)
39. Perler Bead Statement Necklace: Remember perler beads? Those things you used to bake in the oven when you were little to make peace signs and the like? We’re digging this much more fashionable take on them. (via ModCloth)
The crazy thing is that there are SO many more ways to create your own statement necklaces, from using repurposed materials to old jewelry, with a whole lot of chain, spandex, and cord ends in between.
Have you created your own DIY necklaces? Or tried any of the ones above? Tell us about it in the comments below.