Easy DIY Summer Necklace

I love all of the super cute accessories and clothes for summer this year.  Bright tanks and maxi skirts, fun bags and sandals can be mixed together for a casual, yet pretty summer wardrobe.  But, I have also seen some of the price tags on summer jewelry and being a cheap-skate-DIY’er-I-think-I-can-make-one-even-cooler kind of mom, I dug in my bead box and this is what I came up with.
The Super-Easy Summer Necklace

 I picked up the white chunky beaded necklace while thrifting a couple months ago for under a dollar.   Beads and jewelry components can be quite spendy, when I see a good solid piece I can add to, upcycle or cut into pieces for the parts, I pick it up knowing I will put it to good use later.
Isn’t this pretty? It would have been awesome by itself but I already have a similar white necklace, so off the the upcycle bin she went.

I already had the following jewelry components on hand, I love free! Yay!!!!
-White chain, about 100 inches long
-Bright center piece for the focal point ( I had a large, green, filigree piece I couldn’t figure out what to do with from a previous 40% off day at JoAnn’s)
-Two larger clear beads, and two smaller green beads (I use a mix of glass and high-quality plastic)
-Some beading pins about 1 1/2″ long with the loop on the end and a few jump rings
Ready? This is easy and will look amazing on you!
I doubled my loop of chain and set it aside

 To one end of the chain I connected the beading pin that I strung the large clear and small green beads to.   The other end of the beading pin is now connected to one side of the filigree piece.  I used my needle-nosed pliers to open the end and close it around a thin area on the filigree.  On the other end, I used the pliers to bend the wire and form a loop around the bottom of the chain and now connect both sections together.

 Now I repeat the first step with the large clear bead and small green bead on the other side of the filigree and connect to the white thrifted necklace that I folded in half, see below.

Told you this was easy!

We are almost done, on the other end of the white chain that needs to connect to the white chunky beaded necklace, I added a jump ring to the end.  The a few inches up another jump ring slid onto the chain, like in the picture below.
I hung the chunky white necklace a litte uneven and chose a section (see below) to loop the white chain between a couple of the chunky beads and connect the two jump rings. 

Don’t you love how quick this pretty necklace was to make? I am so glad we were able to get crafty together today, thank you for creating and saving money with me, it was fun!
I wish you a wonderful, blessed day,
xoxo, Tanya

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  1. SO cute!! How cool that you picked up those beads and upcycled them! I love it!!

  2. I LOVE that. I need to take a class on making jewelry. How fun!

  3. That is just too fun! I've never made anything like that but your tutorial makes me want to give it a try.


  4. i saw this on sunday blog love. you did a fabulous job with this necklace! i loved readng how you did it. well done. xo

  5. I love this Tanya it would look super cute with my new shirt


  6. Tanya,

    Your necklace turned out super cute! I'm impressed that you created it from various pieces! I guess looking for jewlry will have to be the newest thing on my thirfting radar.

    I followed you over from the Sundae Scoop linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,

  7. So cute! Love it =)

  8. Super impressive! I love the look of big chunky jewelry and it's way cool that you made this yourself! Thanks for linking up to the Fun In Functional!

  9. It's beautiful – thanks for sharing! Love that you made it with stuff you already had on hand, too… p.s. I found you via the Show & Share party at Southern Lovely 🙂

  10. That is perfect for summer, a wonderful necklace can change an outfit. I am visiting from Southern Party, love your site. Drop by for a visit. Kathy

  11. Love this necklace, so cute! I am now following you on bloglovin and GFC. I would love for you to visit, follow back and maybe even link up on my linky party.
    Marcie @ http://www.IGottaTryThat.com

  12. Love it! Great upcycle!

  13. Love this necklace and the color of beads. It is beautiful! Seen your necklace on a link up.

  14. This necklace is gorgeous. I love the additions you made. I'm sharing on my facebook page. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  15. You are so clever! I wish I was as artistic as you. Thanks so much for sharing this post at my Say G'day linky party!

    This week's linky is now live and I am very excited to invite you to a Social media linky party that I will be hosting on July 14. The details are all at the blog if you would like to join in.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
    Natasha in Oz<

  16. You have a great eye!

  17. The necklace screams FUN!!! I adore it!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Don't forget to swing by this evening.. I can't wait to see what you link up! 🙂

  18. Cute necklace!

  19. thanks for posting.

  20. Just pinned this. Found you on Six Sisters Stuff

  21. H6ZnW0 There is clearly a bunch to realize about this. I feel you made various good points in features also.

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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties