5 Ways to DIY It... Designer-Inspired Craft Ideas to Upgrade Your Chain Necklace

5 Ways to DIY It is a new series for the blog where I'm going to share some simple craft ideas inspired by designer pieces. This isn't the space for complex projects, but rather for all of the ideas I've had that don't really warrant their own DIY page and instructions, because they're already pretty self-explanatory. My hopes are to simply give you easy ideas using items you probably already have (or can buy cheaply), that in just a few simple steps can be made into a major statement pieces. I'm kicking off the series with one of my all-time favorite accessories- a chunky gold chain! For crafting, I usually opt for parts that are as inexpensive as possible. I find the thrift store to be a great resource (garage sales, stores like Forever 21, and your own jewelry box are other great options).

So let's get into it and turn that basic chain into DIY treasure!...


I love the impact that just a few tassels make on a simple chain. To attach, just use pliers to open and close the jump rings. (Bonus points for "spot painting" the tassels with gold paint or bleaching to create the extra color.)


For this look, you can either find braided trim or make your own chunky braid with embroidery floss or even raffia. Attach with a simple stitch. (If you're clueless when it comes to sewing, fear not! It's really simple and you can find a basic how-to here.)


Adding a block of color lends a sleek update to a classic chain. To do, simply mask of the area you don't want to be painted with painters tape, then spray remaining area. Let dry completely before removing tape.


You can basically use any sparkly extras to add some glam to your chain. The ones above are just really inexpensive earrings that you can easily remove the posts from using wire cutters.


Super glue the longest, most luxurious fringe trim you can find onto your chain to turn a simple piece into a major statement.

Have you ever made a DIY chain necklace? Or would you try one of the ideas above? Tell me all about it in the comments section!




Eye It/Buy It/DIY It: Heavy Metal

Whether it's a space age silver mini skirt or punked-out gold-chained leggings, there's no doubt about it, metal rocks! Working the metallic trend will add a touch of glam and a touch of edge to any look.

Eye It


Metallics already make a statement on their own, so my favorite way to incorporate this trend is to stick with natural metal colors: gold, silver, copper, bronze, platinum, and pewter. Mixing these tones with neutrals like black, white, gray, tan, or even denim, keeps the look sophisticated.

Buy It

You don't need a platinum card to wear metallics. All 50 of these pieces come in under $50!


Got an old cell phone case you're not in love with anymore? Bump it up a notch with this heavy metal DIY makeover!


How you do it:

1. Cut the studs strip into the desired size and shape.

2. Lay your case on a protected surface.

3. Using the sponge brush, "paint" the case with the gesso, with acts as a primer and allows the spray paint to stick to the plastic better.

4. After the gesso has dried (at least 15 minutes), spray paint the case, making sure to cover the sides/edges evenly.

5. Let this dry for about 30 minutes and then repeat for a second coat.

6. After second coat has dried, spray the gloss coat and let dry.

7. Glue on studs with super glue and let dry.

I hope you have fun rocking your new metallic look! And come back next week for another Eye It/Buy It/DIY It!