DIY: Lizzie Fortunato inspired Mixed Media Collar Necklace

DIY Lizzie Fortunato inspired necklace

While in LA a few weeks ago, I popped into the Jenni Kayne store (mostly just to ogle these flats) and was excited to see a gorgeous assortment of Lizzie Fortunato’s jewelry.  I came across this necklace and just fell in love with it.  I loved the combination of box chain, rope, pearls, and metal beads… I knew that I had to at least attempt recreating it on my own.  This project is certainly not my easiest one as it will take a bit of time, but if you can follow instructions, I swear… you can do it!  The end  result is pretty fabulous (if I do say so myself) and all of the materials (listed + linked below) can easily be found online.  Just have a little bit of patience and you will reap some pretty fab rewards!


Materials:  16-18 inches black rope // Greek Beads in four colors (I used turquoise, peach, hematite, and gold.)  // Pink Pearl Beads // Large Lobster Clasp // 2 Barrel Cord Ends // 4 Hematite Jump Rings // 2 crimper beads // 10 small rose gold plated beads // E6000 Glue // Fabric Glue // Tiger Tail Plastic Coated Wire // 4 Skeins Coral Embroidery Floss // Silver Craft Wire // 5 feet antiqued silver box chain






DIY Lizzie Fortunato inspired Collar - Stripes & Sequins

Voila!  Like I said… a bit time-consuming, but sooo worth it.

Top photo by Lydia Hudgens, all others by Stripes & Sequins.

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  1. meghan:

    lady, you never cease to amaze me with your DIYs. I am so impressed – the necklace is darling!

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  2. aini:

    WOW! it’s looks so simple but also beautiful. Definitely will be the next DIY to try out. Thank you for the amazing idea 😀

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  3. Alyssa:

    I can’t believe how fantastic you are at this, Grace! I actually saw a similar piece recently that I fell in love with, so I might attempt making it myself instead! Where do you get all your supplies in NYC?

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    • Grace Atwood:

      I actually got all of these supplies online – mostly via Amazon! They are all linked in the post. 🙂

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  4. christin:

    there isn’t a chance in hell i’d finish this one. why can’t DIYs DIY themselves?

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  5. Stefanie // Life on the Squares:

    Wow, Grace! You are SO creative – this necklace almost looks identical to the Lizzie Fortunato… beautiful!

    Happy New Year!

    Life on the Squares

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  6. Sarah:

    This is amazing! It looks just like the designer piece!

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  7. ashley:

    looks beautiful! and so fun to see lizzie’s name… i’ve never met her, but i’m friends with her bff, katie kime, who has a gorgeous home goods line!

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  8. Jamie:

    Wow, that turned out fabulous! How in the world do you have time for such complicated projects! haha


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  9. M. (Faded M Style):

    That’s a beautiful necklace! It looks designer and store bought! You are so very talented, Grace! xo
    Best, M.

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  10. EBK Riley:

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing such a great project.

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  11. Elizabeth:

    Geez Louise!!! Ahhhhmazing, lady!!! Xoxo

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  12. nancy @ adore to adorn:

    This is one of my favorite DIY necklaces. I’m going to have to try and replicate!!
    Happy 2013!

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  13. Noemi:

    If I look at the photos everything seems so easy… But I don’t know if I’m able!

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  14. Aimee:

    So gorgeous! The colors turned out beautiful!

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  15. Erin @ Thanks, I Made It:

    Love the mix of materials– I’ve been dying to DIY some Lizzie Fortunato too. Nice work Grace!

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  16. Chelsea:

    So creative. The result is fantastic and it seems like it could be a great Sunday activity! Wear it with pride. xo

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  17. nerr:

    most fabulous, ever.

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  18. Emily:

    Love the mix of pearls, chain and fabric. Turned out fantastic!
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  19. victoria | vmac+cheese:

    Um, this necklace is flippin amazing. I love the colors!!!

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  20. Cassie:

    Seriously, Grace. This is amazing. I love that your DIYs always looks like something you could buy in a store (loving the Etsy shop, by the way). This might have to be my weekend project. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    More Mascara, Please

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  21. Alison:

    This is just so pretty! Great job!

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  22. Beth:

    This is really cool! And so ambitious. I’d be a unsure how to start something with so many layers but you made it look easy! 🙂

    1.5.13 Reply
  23. mel:

    This necklace is adorable, but the ends look unfinished to me. Is there a way that the ends of each section (rope, braid, chain, beads) could meet up and be covered instead of hanging loose?

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  24. Rach xo:

    wow thats beautiful. you are so talented!

    1.7.13 Reply
  25. brighton:

    I know there are a lot of DIY blogs out there, but I really do think YOU and your blog is one of the VERY VERY VERY best (and elite!!!) among them all! You are SO creative and original – and I LOVE this DIY! Keep up the good work!

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  26. Erica:

    this is so good!!!

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  27. carlyjcais:

    This is amazingly beautiful, Grace! It looks so expensive too:-) Thanks so much for your tip about the larger box chain…I think the ones you used in this tutorial would indeed by perfect!

    1.21.13 Reply
  28. Marie Parker:

    I love this mixed-media collar necklace! I would definitely do this with Swarovski crystals instead of pearls, and with a thick gold chain instead of black rope! I think my plans will equally be beautiful like this (featured)! I learned how to make beautiful jewelry by enrolling in the jewelry making classes by Dragonfly Designs ( here in South San Francisco. I’ve always dreamed of becoming an expert jewelry maker and entrepreneur someday. 🙂

    3.11.13 Reply
  29. Barbara:

    Omg!!! this is such amazing! cannot believe it’s diy! love it, it does look like a lot of work, great job in the end 🙂
    I also tried my own diy, starting with a collar necklace, please have a look at:

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  30. Judi:

    To be honest, I like yours more than the original.

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  31. Naomi Prinsloo:

    I am a huge fan of multi-layer multimedia accessories! I’m so excited to include this (with a twist) to my collection. I enrolled in Dragonfly Designs ( to learn everything fashion crafts and jewelry making. I want to do great things too! And maybe a DIY blog too? Thanks for being an inspiration!

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  32. QACHESA:

    Love the color range & the fact that it’s so delicately simple yet chic nevertheless.

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  33. inez:

    Criatividade fantástica.Parabens

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