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DIY Tutorial: Multi-Chain Necklace


DIY Multi-Chain Necklace tutorial

One of my favorite ways to accessorize an outfit is to add an eye-catching necklace. Lately, I’ve been obsessing over these amazing necklaces from J.Crew, but with their $100+ price tag, they are definitely out of my price range.

To save money, I decided to make my own necklace and now I’m going to take you through the 3¬†easy steps so you can make your own statement necklace, as well! And, as a bonus if you have some extra links, you can use them to make a bracelet.

Click the images below to enlarge.

What You Need:

Chains for the DIY chain necklace

Supplies for making the necklace

  • Chains – I chose 6 different chains, but you can use as many as you like. You can get these at craft stores – they usually have a wide variety to choose from, or just use old chain necklaces you no longer want.
  • Pliers
  • A clasp – once again, you can get this at a craft store or use one from an old necklace – just disconnect it using the pliers.
  • A few jump rings – available at craft stores as well.

Step 1:

3 chains for the necklace

Take a few of the chains and use the pliers to open the jump ring. Then attach the chains to the jump ring and slide the jump ring through the hole on the bottom of the clasp, and close the jump ring. (Note: If the chains are longer than you want, you can use the pliers to open up one of the links and shorten the chains.)

Step 2:

Three chains on a clasp for necklace

Take the other chains and attach them to another jump ring, and then attach the jump ring to the other ring with the chains.

Step 3:

Chains and clasp

Now that all the chains are attached, you can start braiding and weaving the chains to create a chunky look. When you get to the end, open a jump ring and slide all the chains onto it. You can add a few more jump rings to the end to adjust the length of your necklace.

The Finished Product:

Finished multi-chain necklace

Here’s how my necklace turned out, and I absolutely love it! I’ve already worn it so much, with everything from a basic white tank to a fancy black dress – this necklace is so versatile. Because I had some extra links I decided to make a bracelet, as well:

Finished DIY Chain Bracelet

To make the bracelet, just follow the same steps for the necklace, and voila! You now have a very trendy necklace and bracelet to spice up any outfit!


What do you guys think? Is this something you’re going to try out? Do you like DIY tutorials? Would you like to see more of these on College Fashion? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on August 28, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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39 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Multi-Chain Necklace”

  1. 1
    August 28th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I love this!! I’m definitely going to make one!

  2. 2
    August 28th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    this is too cool! except i’m a little confused with step 2…are you supposed to attach the first jump ring to the second jump ring?

  3. 3
    August 28th, 2010 at 4:35 pm


  4. 4
    August 28th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    This is amazing!! Brb for some chains. Thank you!

  5. 5
    August 28th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    @Brittany Step 2: Attach remaining chains to another jump ring, attach that jump ring to the first initial ring with the initial chains

  6. 6
    August 28th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Wow, love this tutorial! Thanks for sharing

  7. 7
    August 28th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Quick question: How did you attach the pearl strand to the jump ring? That’s the only part I’m confused on :-/

  8. 8
    August 28th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    this looks really cool – I can’t wait to try it!

  9. 9
    August 28th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I’m definitely going to try this,
    are these chains available at Michael’s?
    I’d love to see more DIY tutorials here!

  10. 10
    August 28th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I will definitely try this out and I would LOVE to see a LOT more tutorials on CF! They’re totally inspirational. Good job!

  11. 11
    August 28th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    At first, I thought the top picture was what you were *aiming* for it to look like… I’m in shock. Such a gorgeous necklace. If I saw you wearing it on the street, I would assume it was pretty expensive!

  12. 12
    August 28th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Cool, I’m going to try. T4P

  13. 13
    August 28th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Justyna – I just tied the pearl necklace on, and made a few knots to make sure it would stay on there!

    Nicole – I bought all the supplies at Michael’s, but I’m sure they’re available at other craft stores as well.

  14. 14
    August 28th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    LOVE the tutorial–would love to see more DIY tutorials. I’ve always wanted those necklaces from J Crew but way too expensive.

  15. 15
    August 28th, 2010 at 8:03 pm


  16. 16
    August 29th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Love this you should make more!!

  17. 17
    August 29th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    thanks trish :)

  18. 18
    August 29th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Like Melissa, I also thought the first picture was the inspiration, not the finished product that you made! This is awesome.

  19. 19
    August 29th, 2010 at 3:37 am

    how much did this project cost, by the way?

  20. 20
    August 29th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Wow what a great idea! I love that you put some pearls in there too- it was a nice touch. I want one!

  21. 21
    August 29th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I’d love to see more DIY projects! I love making my own jewelry & I was excited to see this on CF!

  22. 22
    August 29th, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I love how you added the pearls! Could you do this with ribbons too to soften the look? I want to try this now .. all I got are the pliers though lol.

  23. 23
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I just made this and it turned out so great! It was so easy too! I really LOVED this post and my new necklace!

  24. 24
    August 29th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Maelynn – This cost me about $40 altogether

    Lizzy – Ribbon would look so great with it! You should try and it and then send us a picture, we would love to see!

    Tara – I’m so glad your necklace turned out well, you should send us a picture… I would love to see it!

  25. 25
    August 29th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Love this idea! Thank u so much for sharing!

  26. 26
    August 29th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is so coool, and then think of all the different types of things you can add to it! Wow :D aaahhhh im so excited all the different combinations you could make!

  27. 27
    August 31st, 2010 at 9:04 am

    YES to more DIY tutorials! The necklace looks amazing!!!

  28. 28
    September 1st, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Love this! I’m planning on trying it tonight, I just need to get to the craft store. I’ll let you know how it goes! More DIY tutorials would be excellent! Thanks!

  29. 29
    September 2nd, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Okay, this I totally love! I’m gonna try it when I have the budget!

  30. 30
    September 3rd, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this! I’m totally for more DIY tutorials!

  31. 31
    September 6th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Absolutely ADORE it !
    So great.
    But I think I’m way too clumsy to make that – I always fail these things.

  32. 32
    September 10th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    wow,,!!it’s awsome!!

  33. 33
    June 23rd, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I ADORE THIS!!!!! I am looking to add a diy to my blog and I am going to attempt to make this. I usually do diy clothing but this is AMAZING! Great job!

  34. 34
    July 7th, 2011 at 3:21 am

    love this idea !!
    what a inspiration !
    thanks for sharing

  35. 35
    October 19th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I really like that you included the pearl strand to break up the chains.

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