DIY: Mixed Media Collar Necklace


DIY:  Mixed Media Collar Necklace

Today’s DIY is a little different than usual, in that we are taking a perfectly fine necklace and transforming it into something new and different.  If you are anything like me, you probably have a crystal collar or two laying around.  I probably have at least five of them, and have been feeling a bit bored with ’em.  My problem is that I keep buying them, and then finding a new favorite.  The one I used for this tutorial came from Forever 21, so it wasn’t a big deal to cut it up… but I had no idea how much I’d love the end results… this is hands down, my favorite necklace right now.


You’ll Need:  Crystal Necklace (Forever 21 always has great options, as does Etsy.  Here, here (colored!) and here are some good options) // Rope // Fishbone Chain (I buy mine at New York Beads in the garment district of NYC but you can also buy it online here). // Clasp (love these magnetic crystal clasps) // 4 small Jump Rings // Scissors // Two Barrel End Caps // (not pictured) Embroidery Floss, pliers, E6000 Glue

necklace2Start by trimming the chain part off of your necklace.  (You may need wire nippers to do this).



Lay your rope out, centering the crystal portion.



Tie on a piece of embroidery floss.


Slowly and carefully wrap the crystal necklace to the rope.



Wrap twice around each piece of crystal.


When you get to the end, make a loop and knot it off.  I double/triple knot just to be safe.



Take your fishbone chain and weave it through the center of the crystal part of your necklace.



Finish off the sides by using a jump ring to link the end fo the chain to the crystal part of the necklace.



Using a bit of glue, pop each side of your rope into an end cap.


Allow to dry.



Hook your clasp onto the endcaps using jump rings + pliers.


First, Second, and Last photos by Lydia Hudgens

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  1. LOVE this, Grace! So gorg. I want one!

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  2. Really awesome DIY! Such a great way to modernize a classic rhinestone necklace. WIll have to try this one of my many necklaces like this. Thanks for the inspiration!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

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  3. That is so awesome Grace, I love it.


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  4. Cute and easy! The best ingredient for a successful DIY.
    I just came across your blog the other day going through the craft directory at bloglovin’.

    Also great guide to NY – will keep this in mind for my next visit.

    Welcome to come by and have a look at my Style/DIY blog from Hong Kong

    Ciao/ Isabel

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  5. Jayme:

    Grace, this is beautiful and I cannot wait to doctor up my own creation! I only wish I still had my huge case of embroidery floss circa 1990. I had every color under the sun!

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  6. This is my favorite yet! I love mixed metals, and I’ve been looking for fun things to do with those crystal Forever21 necklaces. They’re just begging for a DIY!

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  7. so cute- love this idea, grace! xo

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  8. LOVE this! The fishbone chain is such a perfect finishing touch!
    Smart n Snazzy

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  9. I wish I had the patience to make pieces like this! It looks so pretty!

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  10. Robin:

    This is brilliant! (As usual!)

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  11. Hard to believe something that gorgeous can be that easy to make. I love it!

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  12. So amazing, Grace! I am completely jealous of your creative eye.

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  13. Diva by D-sign:

    This diyis is Awesome!!!

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  14. Love the mixing of the materials. It all turned out great!

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  15. I have been wanting to know how to make these! Thanks so much for sharing:)
    All in a soiree has officially joined Facebook
    Sparkles of everything event planning and design!!

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  16. Very creative, Grace! I think rope detailing is perfect for spring/summer!

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  17. fun! I always love a great combination of textures and metals

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  18. OH. MY. GOSH. I love this so much. That takes some talent to come up with that. Great job!

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  19. Love this! Question, do you have a favorite place in NYC to get jewelry repaired? I have a necklace I love that broke recently and I don’t have the tools or the knowledge to fix it myself. Thanks!

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  20. This necklace is stunning Grace! I’m so impressed that you made it yourself.

    Chelsea & The City

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  21. I love this idea – making that exists even prettier, great job!

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  22. Such a great DIY I love how this turned out. YOu are so stinkin creative

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  23. This is amazing! It looks so professional! I wish I had an old necklace laying around that I could do this with.

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  24. i literally own 12 jewel color necklaces. i should SERIOUSLY do this. great job!

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  25. This turned out so cool!! I love the fishbone chain you added in.

    Kristina does the Internets

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  26. AHH!! SO great! I love that fishbone chain. xo

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  27. This is beyond amazing, you little diy mastermind, you! Definitely trying this one out… Thanks for the inspiration! xx

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  28. Wow, fabulous DIY necklace.

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  29. This turned out great! I love that you used a magnetic clasp also. They are so much easier to put on and off and they don’t get tangled in your hair.

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  30. Goodness, Grace! This is so pretty. You’re so good!

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  31. Such a gorgeous piece! Definitely doesn’t look DIY!

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  32. This looks SO good. I’m not sure I have the patience to do this, but I really, really want to!

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  33. What a great project! I am inspired to jazz up some jewelery that I’m not wearing much anymore.

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  34. chic and glam, as per usual grace!
    Xo, Megan,

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  35. rhiena:

    That’s really nice! Love this!

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  36. Jeanna Valentino:

    What a great idea and so easy!! I love it!!!

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