DIY: Venessa Arizaga inspired Lace + Chain Necklace

I have piles and piles of old lace that have been in my family (see a few photos here.)  I’ve been saving them for a special project, but am always terrified of using them for something that isn’t worth cutting the lace up for.  Then, I saw this Venessa Arizaga necklace (which incidentally retails for $600.00.)  I knew I had a use for my lace.  Since making this necklace (it took about a half an hour) I’ve had a hard time taking it off. I  absolutely love it.  Besides looking great, it’s special to me as it incorporates a family heirlom.  I realize that not everyone has a pile of old lace sitting around, so in the materials section below, I’ve linked to a few good options.

{photo taken by Lauren}

Materials / Where to Buy: 16″ 17mm Gold Chain // Needle // Clasp + Large Jump Ring // Yarn (I love the “Party” pack from Lion’s Brand!)

Lace Trim Options:  Metallic // Metallic #2 // White

Crochet Trim:  Etsy has a bajillion (handmade!) options here.

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  1. Tara says 8.13.12

    That is one charming necklace 🙂 The lace goes surprisingly well with chain

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thank you so much, Tara!!

  2. Martagalbu says 8.13.12

    I love the colours you chose! 

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thank you!!

  3. The Avg Girl Guide says 8.13.12

    How special! Love how it incorporates a piece of your family there. 

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      yes, I love it so much! Thanks, Alyson!!

  4. tomorrowtodayblog says 8.13.12

    i love this! i could spend hours going through all of the lace and crochet options! 

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      Me too! So many fantastic options. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Schneider says 8.13.12

    So gorgeous Grace! I love the rusty metallic thread paired with the lace + gold. Such a special necklace!

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      Aw, thanks Liz! When are you going to make something! 😉

  6. PennyPincherFashion says 8.13.12

    Yet another amazing DIY, Grace!  I am working on one right now that is way too complicated – really wish I had your talent! 🙂

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thanks, Kimberly! Can’t wait to see your DIY!

  7. Viviana Carmona says 8.13.12

    Absolute beauty!

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thanks, Viv!

  8. Kristin & Megan says 8.13.12

    What an awesome idea! My Nonnie has tons of vintage lace!

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      I think that means it’s time for a Bon Bon DIY!! 🙂

  9. So like what you’re saying is that I’m not as cool because I don’t have family heirloom lace? Whatever. 

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      exactly. That’s exactly what I’m saying.

  10. Cheetahisthenewblack says 8.13.12

    Super cool… love the lace against the chain! 

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thanks lady! PS – wearing our DIY today! xo

  11. Becca Atwood says 8.13.12

    I love it!!

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thanks, sister! xoxo

  12. Alyharte says 8.13.12

    Grace this is SO good! I was remembering two years ago when you when you said you made necklaces. Now look at what you’re making, they’re fab! I love how you’ve presented the step by step guide too. x

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      Aw, thanks Aly!! So funny, that was so long ago! xox

  13. erica @ fashion meets food says 8.13.12

    Very cute! Love this! xo 

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thank you, erica! x

  14. inhonorofdesign says 8.13.12

    Pretty amazing finish as always! Love the mix of fabric and chain! 🙂

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      Thanks Anna! xx

  15. Denise Atwood says 8.13.12

    absolutely beautiful!  I knew you would find a use for that lace!  xo

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thanks Mom 🙂 🙂

  16. Beautiful and sentimental! Great work Grace!

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thank you, Erin! xo

  17. nathyness says 8.14.12

    Wow. If there’s one DIY project I’m willing to follow through on, this is it. I just learned how to sew on a button two weeks ago though, and that’s been the extent of my experience with sewing. But this looks totally doable… I think I’m gonna do it!

    Greetings from Miami, and thanks for the inspiration!


    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thanks for your comment, Nathy! I really hope you try the necklace, it’s a fun + easy project – you can definitely do it!!

  18. Lia says 8.14.12

    A such a fun spin on the DIY of this year 🙂 love it

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thanks, Lia!

  19. guler kaya says 8.14.12

    its perfect!

    my new DIY necklace —->

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      thanks, guler!

  20. Nicole Levine says 8.15.12

    I need to go search for some lace at my parents STAT! Brilliant.

    • graceatwood says 8.15.12

      yes!! do it!!!