Before I rebranded my Etsy shop to specialize in digital, printable products, I sold my own handmade jewelry! I had so much fun doing it and while I didn’t have a lot of sales, it was still such a fun hobby! I remember spending hours upon hours in the makeshift studio I had set up in my mom’s basement designing lots of pieces!
A few days ago, my mom was telling me about a necklace she bought online for around 60 dollars (plus shipping). I really liked it when she showed it to me, and would have purchased one of my own, but paying that much for a piece of jewelry is out of my budget at the moment. It got me to thinking, though, that I could probably create something similar myself for a fraction of the cost! I’m sure that is the case for a lot of you as well, or maybe you are just addicted to DIY-ing like I am! Regardless, there are TONS of places you can purchase jewelry making supplies, such as beads, chain, string, wire, findings (like clasps and hooks), and even special tools like jewelry pliers. There are also so many options to choose from when shopping for these supplies! If you’re anything like me, it can be overwhelming looking at all the different products and not knowing where to start or what to make first!
I stopped by my local Michael’s craft store (a.k.a. my house of worship!) and picked up some supplies to make these 3 gorgeous pieces. The best part? Each piece will set you back no more than 10 dollars, but will look like a million bucks!
1. DIY Rose Gold Chain Bracelet
Crafty skill level: Intermediate
If you couldn’t already tell *glances up knowingly at my blog header* I absolutely LOVE rose gold. I’ve always wanted a delicate, minimalistic bracelet that I could wear every day without it being too distracting or cumbersome, but just the perfect mix of smart and casual! I adore how this piece turned out! It’s totally comfortable and doesn’t slide around on my wrist or get caught on things.
For this piece, all you will need are some beads, some chain, an eye pin or some wire, a clasp to lock the bracelet around your wrist, and some pliers to help you put everything together.
I was able to find a pack of rose-gold coloured findings (including these eye & head pins, clasps, and earring hooks), as well as the chain, and these gorgeous rose-gold coloured beads all in the jewelry section at Michaels! You could definitely find them at any jewelry supply store, or online, though!
The first step is to create the centre 3-bead piece. I simply threaded 3 beads onto an eye pin (a thin piece of wire with a loop on the end) and created another loop on the opposite end to keep them in place.
Next, use wire cutters to cut your desired length of chain. You will need 2 equal length pieces that wrap around your wrist, so be sure to measure! Most bracelets are between 6-8 inches long when measured lengthwise.
Use pliers to open up each side of your eyepin, insert the chain, and close it again, make sure there is no space in the loop for the chain to come loose! If you don’t have pliers, you can try using something like tweezers to help you, but pliers are probably the easiest to work with!
Lastly, attach your clasp system (and an extender chain if necessary) on each end of the bracelet, and voila! Finished! Isn’t it a beauty?
2. DIY Gold Beaded Chain Necklace
Crafty skill level: Intermediate
I saw these beautiful little geometric gold beads and knew I wanted to use them to make a necklace! For this project, you will also need some beads, chain, eye pins or gold coloured wire, and a clasp to lock the necklace in place. Again, all this stuff was found at Michaels, and is all super inexpensive!
Similarly to the bracelet, I made a number of little beaded eye pins, each with one of the gold beads on them. You can use more if you like. I wanted to keep mine as minimalistic as possible.
Next, I cut out several small lengths of gold chain and strung them all together, alternating a bead in between each piece of chain. On the ends, I cut out two longer pieces of chain to go around the back of the neck. If you’d like, you can have beads going around the whole length, too, it’s your choice!
Last, I added my clasp, and finished! This would look great in silver as well, or with just about any other coloured beads. But I’m a fan of the gold!
3. DIY Gemstone Pendant Necklace
Crafty skill level: Easy
As I turned the corner in Michaels, I found this GORGEOUS obsidian pendant and knew I had to make something with it! It was super inexpensive too, setting me back only about 6 dollars! You could use just about any pendant you like, though, if you aren’t able to find one like this. They also had some gorgeous gemstone and crystal ones on display! Or, you can make your own by stringing a bead/several beads onto a head pin!
This is literally the easiest DIY project ever, folks – even a monkey could do it! Simply string the pendant onto a matching chain, and you’re done! It almost feels TOO easy to even be considered a DIY, but that’s okay! It doesn’t take away from how awesome it looks!
Did you enjoy these DIY jewelry projects? What are some other DIYs you’re itching to try?