DIY Tutorial: Multi-Chain Necklace

I’ve been obsessing over statement necklaces at J.Crew. So I thought, why not make my own? In 3 easy steps, this necklace can be yours.

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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.

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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!

30 thoughts on “DIY Tutorial: Multi-Chain Necklace”

  1. 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?

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.


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