DIY Chevron + Chain Necklace

Summer isn’t complete without a bright, punchy necklace.  I’ve been inspired by all of the bright necklaces in stores this summer (this and this being at the top of my wish list,) and wanted to make something that I can wear while I’m at home all week on the Cape (or all summer long, for that matter.)  Preppy, fun and bright… what could be better?  I also made a red, white, and blue version to wear on the fourth, so be sure to scroll all the way down to see how that one turned out.

{I paired her with stripes, a bright manicure, and my handmade “Grace” ring from Madison Elizabeth Designs.}

Materials /Where to Buy:  2mm Macrame Cord in two colors // Chunky (17mm) Gold Chain // Embroidery Floss // Lighter // Embroidery Needle

1.  Begin by cutting your cord into six pieces by 60″ each.  (three pieces of each color.)  // 2.  Take your first color, fold it in half, and tie a knot.  Your loop should be big enough to accomodate a knot (the knot + loop will account for your clasp.) // 3.  Thread your second color through the loop.  // 4.  Criss cross your second color over the first color, using the fishtail braid technique that you learned from this post.

5.  Continuing the fishtail technique, cross your original first color over the second color.  // 6.  Continue this technique until you get to the end.  // 7.  When you get to the end, tie a big knot, and seal the ends together with a lighter.  // 8.  You’ve made the rope part of the necklace. Technically, you could just leave it alone and be done… but we’re going to snazz it up a bit with some chain.

9.  Lay the chain out next to your braided rope necklace, to determine how much chain you need.  // 10.  Thread your floss through your needle.  //11.  Tightly tie the floss to your chain.  // 12.  Thread your floss under the first link of the braid.

13.  Wrap the floss back through the chain, and repeat.  Each chain link should be looped through twice.  // 14.  After you’ve wrapped your floss through the first link twice, thread it under the second link and repeat the process.  //  15.  Continue this process for the remainder of the necklace.  //  16.  When you reach the end, knot securely!  You are done!

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  1. AmarilloNeon Diy says 7.2.12

    Great, beautiful necklace. I like neon colors.Kisses.

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Thanks – so happy you liked it!

  2. Alyssa Hertzig says 7.2.12

    love this! now i just need to decide which colors to do! 🙂

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      I see you in neons 🙂

  3. Kimberly S says 7.2.12

    This is amazing – love the red, white & blue one!! 🙂

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Thanks, Kimberly!!

  4. LaLouli says 7.2.12

    aaah i love this!!

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Glad you like it!

  5. LaLouli says 7.2.12

    Here is a DIY link for the shopbop necklace you mentioned above  hope you like it.  LaLouli

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Thanks! I actually linked to that post this weekend!

  6. Elizabeth Schneider says 7.2.12

    Your creativity when it comes to this blows me away, seriously! Love these. 

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Aw, thanks Liz! I’m so glad you liked it.

  7. Nice work Grace!

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Thanks Erin!! xo

  8. Alex (Things That Sparkle) says 7.2.12

    Loooove this. And the patriotic one is so perfect!

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Thanks, Alex! I hope you make one! 🙂

  9. The Marcy Stop says 7.2.12

    So stylish and cool! Loving your blog too, thanks so much for dropping by ours.
    Following you on BL now and looking forward to keeping up!

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Aw, thank you so much! I’m looking forward to keeping up, too! xo

  10. I want one!!! 

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Office DIY party!!

  11. Julia Rosinus says 7.2.12

    So obsessed!! And love the ring, too! 

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Thanks, Julia!! I hope you try making one!

  12. Danica says 7.2.12

    so cool! love it! 🙂

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Thank you Danica! I hope you try it!!

  13. Thenowstylebook says 7.2.12

    A-MAZING!!! Maybe I will try to make my own!!! xoxo Elizabeth
    The NOW Stylebook

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      Thanks Elizabeth, I hope you give the project a try!

  14. Gerbermom2007 says 7.2.12

    Beautiful Grace! I love it!

    • graceatwood says 7.2.12

      thank you so much!

  15. Jaclyn says 7.2.12

    This is amazing! Your photos are great and make it look so easy to make too.

    Stay in the Lines

    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      Thank you so much, Jaclyn! I hope you give it a try. Happy fourth!!

  16. What an awesome project! I love that it’s sewn together — I’ve been on a needle and thread kick lately. 😉

    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      Me too! (Happy fourth!)

  17. good lord you are the craftiest lady I know! I love this!! xo

    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      You are too kind! xoxo Happy Fourth, Nicole!

  18. Nora says 7.3.12

    Really pretty.


    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      thanks, Nora!!

  19. steph says 7.3.12

    love it! thanks for the great idea x 

    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      Thanks, Steph! I hope you make it!

  20. omg grace! the red white and blue is soooo fabulous! i wish i could make one in time for celebrations tomorrow! 

    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      Thanks, Jordan! I think you should make it!!

  21. Crystalin says 7.3.12

    These are so beautiful! I love the neon pink.

    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      thanks, Crystalin!! You should try it out! xx

  22. the necklace is gorgeous – but i can’t take my eyes off your nails! 🙂

    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      Aw, thanks! It’s CND Shellac in Tutti Frutti! xx

  23. Love this!! The blue and white one is perf for tomorrow!!

    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      Thanks, V – I can’t wait to wear it! Hope you have a great fourth! xo

  24. Jackie says 7.4.12

    That is seriously genius.  I love how pretty and versatile it is and that you can change out the colors so easily!  Great idea!

    • graceatwood says 7.4.12

      Thank you Jackie! I hope you make one! xx

  25. the coattail effect says 7.6.12

    thats awesome…i think if you used some neutral cord colors it could definitely look worthy of j crew 🙂

    • graceatwood says 7.8.12

      I think so too!

  26. Danielle says 7.6.12

    I went to get my supplies to make this and I can’t find macramé cord anywhere! So bummed. Any alternatives you suggest?

    • graceatwood says 7.8.12

      Hi Danielle! Did you click the link in my post? I linked to Hobby Lobby, who sells (online) the exact cord that I used for this project!

  27. Lauren_brooke says 7.7.12

    Where did you find that chain? Do you know where I could find one like it? Thanks!

    • graceatwood says 7.8.12

      Hi Lauren, I link to the exact chain I used in the post! It’s from M&J Trimming.

  28. Kara Endres says 7.7.12

    So cute! I love the different colors in the braid. 

    • graceatwood says 7.8.12

      Thanks lady.. xox

  29. Tisha Green says 7.7.12

    Beautiful necklace! Anything that is bright pink is right up my alley and P.S. LOVE the pink nails =)

    • graceatwood says 7.8.12

      Thank you so much! It’s CND Shellac… Tutti Frutti!

  30. Tuisha says 7.11.12

    How do you wear it though? Like how do I fasten the necklace around my neck? 

    • graceatwood says 7.11.12

      The knot goes through the loop! 🙂 hope that makes sense!

  31. Ruby van werven says 7.12.12

    it’s really cool!! =D im gonna try and make it this summer. i wanted to go shopping for supplies tomrrow but i was wondering what the lenght of the golden chain is? =)  I hope you can help me, thanks in advance  Byebye

    • graceatwood says 7.12.12

      Hi Ruby, The length of the chain should be whatever length you’d like your necklace to be! I made mine 17″ long. Hope that helps you!

      • Ruby van werven says 7.13.12

        thank you for your quick anwers! =D sure helps me a lot,, gonna shop for it today hope i’ll find everything!

        • graceatwood says 7.13.12

          Of course! Just let me know if you need any more help. Good luck!!

  32. Sferrer99 says 7.13.12

    I hardly ever (make that practically NEVER) comment on anyone’s blog, but this is such a GORGEOUS piece of work that I felt compelled to let you know. When I saw it I was like “WHERE DO I BUY IT?”, and then-TO BOOT-you show us how to make it!
    A million thanks!


    • graceatwood says 7.15.12

      Aw, your comment completely made my weekend! I’m so happy that you liked the project… it’s fun + easy and the results are so pretty. I hope you make it… if you do, please send me a photo! xx

  33. Tara McNulty says 7.16.12

    love love this one too!! where do you get the inspiration?! and also: do you order supplies online? or do you buy somewhere in NY? I can never find ANYTHING i need!


    • graceatwood says 7.17.12

      Aw, thanks Tara! I don’t know I just do it, haha! I buy most of my supplies online (and always link to where to buy in the post.) All the stuff from this post is pretty easy to find online – I hope you try making it!!

  34. Karissa says 7.16.12

    I absolutely love this tutorial! Fabulous necklace, and perfect with your pretty nails, ring and shirt.

    • graceatwood says 7.17.12

      Thank you Karissa, I’m so happy that you like the project!

  35. Islunmw says 7.20.12

    Where do you buy chunky chain links? Been looking online and they’re just the small ones. Thanks!!

    • graceatwood says 7.20.12

      Thanks! I actually link to the EXACT chain that I used for the project! Check out the Materials section under the second photo. It’s from M&J Trimming. It’s 17mm wide which guarantees that chunky awesomeness.

  36. Ashley says 8.7.12

    I made this today, but my rope is too small to be worn around my neck. 60″ of cord folded in half resulted in 14″ of braided rope. I guess I’ll have to undo it 🙁 I love the look though!

    • graceatwood says 8.8.12

      Oh no, that’s so weird! I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you!

  37. StyleBomb says 8.30.12

     This is stunning!! I love it!

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Aw, thank you Jen! So happy you like it!

  38. Veronica Byrnes says 2.24.13

    Hi There!
    I made this over the weekend and absolutely love it! I had a lot of trouble with the fishtail braid, so I had to improvise but it still turned out great. Thank you so much for the tutorial!