Friday, November 8, 2013

The {Ten Minute} Statement Necklace

A fun Statement Necklace you can make in about 10 minutes at my3monsters.com
Gah!!  This week has been exceptionally frustrating.  I have had this project ready to share with y'all for days and I am IN LOVE with it, but I haven't been able to log into {or even view} my blog for the better part of the week.  I've about had it with computer issues.  Luckily, I tried one last time tonight to log in and, lo and behold, it finally worked!!  I'm so done.  I just can't.  Anyway . . .

I adore big, chunky statement jewelry.  You know, that one piece that "makes" the outfit.  I used to be a bracelet girl, but in the past few years necklaces have become my go-to accessory.  When I received a box full of these pretty white beads from Wholport this month, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them.

This is maybe the easiest piece of DIY jewelry you will ever make.  I'll show you how.

You will need:

about 100 1/2-inch round beads
3-4 feet of coordinating ribbon or twill tape
1 roll of very narrow ribbon in the same {or similar} color as your beads
needle and thread

A fun Statement Necklace you can make in about 10 minutes at my3monsters.com

Begin by stringing your beads on the narrow ribbon.  I used a small piece of tape on the end of each piece of ribbon to make it easier to get it through the small opening in my beads.  You will need 5 strands of beads:  one with 16 beads, one with 18 beads, one with 20 beads, one with 22 beads, and one with 24 beads.  Having each string increasingly longer helps the necklace to hang better when you wear it.

Next, cut your coordinating ribbon or twill tape {pictured here} into two pieces:  one about 18 inches long and one about 24 inches long.  I made them different lengths because I wanted my bow to be on one side of the necklace.  If you want yours to tie in the back of your neck, make them equal lengths.

A fun Statement Necklace you can make in about 10 minutes at my3monsters.com

Fold the cut end of one piece of your ribbon or twill tape back about an inch.  Pin the ends of the strings of beads to the back side of the folded end and stitch in place.  I used my sewing machine and did a quick zig-zag stitch across through all the layers of ribbon.  If you don't have a sewing machine, just use a needle and thread {or even hot glue}.  Trim the ends of the narrow ribbons even with the edge of the wider ribbon.

Repeat the above process for the other ended of your strands of beads using your other piece of wide ribbon.

A fun Statement Necklace you can make in about 10 minutes at my3monsters.com
I cut two more pieces of twill tape about 3-inches long to cover the stitching and give the necklace a finished look.  Just wrap the piece around the spot where your twill tape meets the beads, folding the raw edges under in the back and sew it in place by hand with an invisible stitch along the lines marked in the picture above.

A fun Statement Necklace you can make in about 10 minutes at my3monsters.com

That's pretty much it!  Just tie the ribbon ends together so necklace is the desired length and trim the ends.  I left my necklace long enough that I could put it on and take it off over my head to avoid tying and untying it a million times.

A fun Statement Necklace you can make in about 10 minutes at my3monsters.com

Sorry for the grainy iphone photos.  I am so obviously NOT a selfie-taker, but I wanted to show you what it looked like on because the flat pictures didn't quite do it justice.  Here's one more clear picture of it flat so you can really see the details:

A fun Statement Necklace you can make in about 10 minutes at my3monsters.com

I absolutely love the way it turned out!  It's casual, but it dresses up a t-shirt and jeans just enough, and it will also look awesome with my lace pencil skirt and pale turquoise cardigan for Christmas.  Love it.  I think I may have to make a few more in other fun color combos and make it my signature piece!

Thanks so much to Wholeport for providing the delicious-looking beads I used for this necklace.  Their bead prices are unbeatable.  I have my eye on some jade beads for another necklace already.  Check them out if you are looking for really high quality products at fantastic prices.

**I was given product to create a project and share my experience in my own words.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.**

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2 comments:

  1. I love it! And I'm too cheap to buy all the cute statement necklaces out there but I think I could handle this! :]

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    1. It's soooo easy. I have an even easier one coming up soon.

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