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DIY Tutorial: Stone and Wire Wraparound Necklace

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I’ve always coveted the cool boho-style wraparound necklaces that I would see at the cute little boutiques where I could only afford sale items. But as much as I loved these simple but elegant necklaces, I could never bring myself to blow $50+ dollars on them.

So that’s why I decided to just make one on my own for pretty much zero buckaroos using bits from a geode, a bobby pin from my senior prom (I’m a hoarder – and proud), and some string and super glue. Want to know how I did it? Read on!

materials

  • A small geode, colorful stone, or any other kind of rock that you think would look cool as jewelry
  • Wire cutters or pliers
  • A big gold bobby pin or 8 inch gold wire
  • 24 inch piece of string
  • Superglue or Hot Glue (Superglue is probably better, though!)

step one

1) Take your bobby pin or 8 inch piece of wire and bend the center to create a loop (as seen above), then twist one side of the wire/bobby pin around the other to secure it. If it’s hard to twist the wires, use the wire cutters or some pliers to make it easier.

step two

2) Take your stone and push it against the wire (or bobby pin), and, grabbing one side of the wire/bobby pin, start to wrap the wire/bobby pin around the stone. Make sure the end of the wire/bobby pin stops on the backside of the stone so you can’t see it on the other side. (Use the wire cutters or pliers if it’s hard to twist the wire/bobby pin.)

Repeat this same cycle with the other side of the wire/bobby pin until both sides are wrapped around the stone. Secure both sides with superglue or hot glue. (It works best if you apply the glue to the rock and press the wire down.) Your rock will look something like this after you wrap it:

stones

3) Once you have your rocks wrapped, all that’s left to do is find a string to attach your pendant to. I chose some basic black embroidery thread and made a knot to secure the rock, but you could also wear your rock like a pendant on a silver or gold chain, if you feel like getting fancy. Here’s what my finished product looked like (isn’t it pretty?):

finished product

Additional Ideas

Necklaces aren’t the only thing you can create using these wraparound pendants – you can also make fun stuff like rings, brooches, and bracelets just as easily! Just use more or less wire and string depending on what you’re making, and attach it to whatever other parts you need – it’s a pretty straightforward DIY, and best of all, it’s easy on your pockets!

Thoughts?

What do you guys think of my tutorial? Are you going to stopping at Michael’s anytime soon? What kind of stone are you going to use? How are you going to wear your new necklace? Whatever your thoughts, let me know in the comments!

Posted on on November 8, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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22 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Stone and Wire Wraparound Necklace”

  1. 1
    November 8th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    DUDE! This is so cool, and so easy to do! I would’ve never thought to use bobby pins to create this necklace. Great look!

  2. 2
    November 8th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Lovely tutorial! Thank you so much. :)

  3. 3
    November 8th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I had a necklace like that in middle school! I got it at the planetarium…random…but i loved it. This brings back memories, its cool to know I can make another :)

  4. 4
    November 8th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    This is so cute. I love seeing DIYs that take even the simplest things and make them super cute or classy. I’ll definitely trying this one out.

  5. 5
    November 8th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I was just thinking about getting a necklace like this today!
    Great post but where can I find colorful stones like those?

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    November 8th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I absolutely love this! I’m a fan of making my own jewelry and I want to do this diy once I find a cool enough rock. I’ll make sure to link back!

  7. 7
    November 8th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Hey Nikki, you can get a stone just about anywhere! I got mine from a local toy store when I was browsing. But if you stop by a craft store like Michaels, a toy store, or one of those teacher education stores- places like those always have fun stuff like rocks!

  8. 8
    November 8th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Neeed to make thiiiiiis!!! But… gotta get a beautiful stone first :)

  9. 9
    November 8th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    OH WOW! This is so amazing! I’ve seen several DIY’s and my thoughts are always ‘can I really do this myself and do I really want to?’ In this case it is yes to both! This is super super simple and it is something cute that I would want to show off all the time. Fabulous post!

  10. 10
    November 8th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    These are GORGEOUS!

  11. 11
    November 8th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Wow this is seriously the coolest and classiest DIY I’ve come across. Definitely trying this one out once exams are over!

  12. 12
    November 8th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    For some reason, the stones used in the tutorial remind me a little too much of dungeons and dragons or one of those tacky hippie shops. I would personally use a thinner more elegant wire instead of the pin because its not too expensive and you can get it from bead shops.

  13. 13
    November 9th, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Loved the tutorial! Could you do a post of the diy brooches? I don’t wear jewelry and I thought the brooches will be a good project to try instead.

  14. 14
    November 9th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Loving it! Definetely gonna make this one! I think mine will contain a piece of the Anne Frank tree. How cool is that?!

  15. 15
    November 9th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Love this idea! Now on to getting all the materials :)

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    November 10th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    This is an AWESOME DIY! :) I love wrapping rocks and oversized beads to make pendants. You don’t have to use bobby pins, as sometimes they are a little difficult to work with and may break on you. A really good solid wire to use would be 20 guage crafting wire that you can get pretty much anywhere that sells beads. I know Michaels and Hobby Lobbys have it and I actually found decently priced wire at Walmart.

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    July 18th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    When I first found out about this site, I liked it. But now, you guys are seriously making me love and adore it with all the articles you put. And I agree wholeheartedly with the people above, this is a very AWESOME DIY! :D Seriously, bobby pins are ingenious inventions!

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    July 4th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I just returned from touring the Middle East where I found some fantastic stones. Hoping to make jewelry from the stones, I turned to Pinterest where I found several ideas that began with “how to drill holes through your stones” but that would possibly ruin them. I really like this idea and have all the materials right at home.

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    July 22nd, 2013 at 3:36 am

    i love your ideas they are awesome.

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    April 28th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    This is just what I was looking for! My son is wanting to make his grandma a necklace with a stone he found excavating, as a mother’s day gift. This will be perfect for him to follow…thanks so much for sharing!

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