A while back I had seen a necklace at Anthropologie that I fell head over heels for! It was beautiful and adorable, two of my favorite things. It was also over $500, and I’m sure it was worth every penny as it was beautifully crafted, but I was never going to be able to afford it. So, I decided to make a knockoff one. I found this lace trim at one of my favorite fabric stores in town and really loved the pattern of it. I think it looks sweet, but I also think a piece of vintage lace would be divine as well. This necklace is obviously not quite as spectacular as the original, but to me it’s still pretty awesome!
Here’s What You Need:
*Lace- I had 1/2 yard and didn’t use all of it
*Velvet Ribbon 1/4″ wide 1.5 yards
*Chain (make sure you will be able to snake your ribbon through it)
*Two toggle clasps or o-rings
*Glue (I used hot glue)
Step 1: Lace Ribbon through Chain- Cut two chain pieces at around 7-8″ long. Lace ribbon through chain over and under the links. Leave enough ribbon when you get to the end of the chain to turn under and glue later. On the opposite end leave a tail about 3-4″ long for tying your center bow, then snip off end of ribbon. Repeat with other piece of chain.
Step 2: Add Rhinestones and lace- Cut two lengths of rhinestone chain and lace the same length as your large chain. Attach rhinestone chain to larger chain with jump rings at every link or so. Then go back and open up jump rings again and add lace to to the other side of the rhinestone chain, so that the rhinestone chain is sandwiched in the jump rings between the large chain and the lace trim. Repeat with other side making sure you are attaching everything in the right direction.
Step 3: Finish off the main necklace component- Carefully tie the two long strips of ribbon from the front of the chain in a neat little bow. Then, grab some glue and put a dab onto the back short end of ribbon from the end of the chain pieces. Turn under ribbon to the backside and glue down.
Step 4: Attach Back Piece- Attach the round piece of a toggle clasp to the end of the chain end on each chain. Take the remainder of your velvet ribbon and cut it in half. Take one ribbon piece and loop it through your round piece matching the tips of ribbon, then loop and tie off so that you have a knot on the ring and two tails of ribbon. Repeat with other side. And you are done! It’s ready to wear!
This is the original:
I really like how it turned out! The thing I like the most about this necklace is that it is really sweet and can be dressed up for a more formal look with a dress, or you can wear it with jeans and a sweet tee. It is a little time-consuming, but pretty easy ,and well worth it. And I think when all was said and done I spent less than $30 on all the supplies to make it. This would make a fabulous gift for your girlfriends for the holidays as well! Overall a fun, sweet, and shabby chic DIY!