DIY_Hardware Beaded Necklace

IMG_0042 Have you ever DIYed something to go with a specific outfit? Well, that's how I got the idea for this necklace. I recently purchased this metallic shirt from Urban Outfitters on sale to wear during the holidays. It worked great for Christmas Eve with my family, but I was worried about how to style it afterwards in more casual situations.

I decided that I needed a necklace that was bold and industrial that toned down the impact of the shirt. I chose to work with a simple black cord and silver hardware to create this cinched necklace. It reminds me of my DIY Hardware Headband and is really simple. I hope you enjpy this tutorial and try to make one of your own!

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You will need: black decorative trim (mine is from Hobby Lobby), scissors, 3 nuts, and clear nail polish.

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First, cut a piece of cord that fits around your neck and over your head, and then leave extra length on both ends as well. At this point, you can use the clear nail polish to prevent the ends from fraying. However, if you tie on knots like I did, you can probably get away without using it.

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Fold the cord in half and thread a nut through both ends of the cord. Put the loop over your head, and position the nut so that it is in a place where you can comfortably put the necklace over your head without moving the nut around. My nut was snug enough that I didn't need to knot the cord.

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Next, on the ends of the cord, thread on a nut and tie a knot at the bottom.

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Do the same for each end, and also add a knot above each nut to keep them in place.

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Here's my finished product! I'm really happy with how it compliments my top, and now am excited to wear it in casual settings!

Want to purchase a necklace like this? I have another for sale on my Etsy! Check out the listing here.

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DSC_1432 First of all, I hope everyone had a merry Christmas! Today I decided to be festive for the holiday and pull out my red and green, but still do it in a chic way! I paired my red blazer with this very sparkly necklace with green rose detail. I wore them with basics, and the black jeggings were one of my Christmas gifts today--I love them! I finally threw my phone in this red clutch before I left. I think the red blazer and clutch are a lot together, but for the holidays I figured why not?

Today's outfit soundtrack? "Sleigh Ride" by fun. Listen here.

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I'd also like to mention that my fellow blogger Ellie kindly featured me over at her blog, "Jabberjays in My Little Heaven"! You can check out the post here where I shared some of my favorite blog photos and talked about myself and the blog a little! Thanks Ellie!

red cropped blazer_H&M

white tee_TJ Maxx

black jeggings_HUE for Dillard's

silver Toms_Plato's Closet, but available here

red studded hardware clutch_DIY, see my tutorial here!

rose necklace_Forever 21

bow ring_Juicy Couture, similar available here

Merry Christmas again everyone! Thanks for reading!

DIY_Hardware Studded Clutch

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The hardware trend is one that I don't think should die out any time soon. DIY projects with supplies from the hardware store are inexpensive, industrial, and tactile in a very interesting way. I like that the supplies for this project are accessible to anyone, and create a great finished project.

Today's project is created by sewing on nuts in a grid with a needle and thread to a plain clutch that you already own, or picked up for cheap. I hope you enjoy and will please share with me your own projects if you decide to make one!

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The supplies you will need are a zip top clutch (I used a makeup bag from a department store freebie), 20 silver nuts (or however many you would like), thread that matches the clutch, needle, a ruler, a pencil, and a sheet of paper. You will also need scissors although they are not pictured.

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Begin by tracing the outline of the clutch onto the sheet of paper in pencil.

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Using the ruler, draw a grid onto the shape of the clutch. Decide how many nuts you are going to use. I decided to use 20 to fill the entire face of the clutch, with 5 columns and 4 rows.

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After cutting out around the outline of the clutch, lay the template over the bag. Using your needle, pin poke each hole onto the bag. This will make sure your grid is straight and even, but won't leave behind a noticeable mark on the clutch.

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Begin sewing each nut onto the clutch. I suggest doubling up your thread and tying the knot at the bottom to create a stronger stitch. Come up from the back of your clutch with the needle through a pre-marked pin poke. Note how I sewed on each side of the nut. I did about 3 to 4 stitches on each side to secure.

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Continue sewing on each of your nuts. This will take some time so work on it while watching your favorite movie!

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Here is the finished product! I'm very excited about my new clutch, especially because it will add a great pop of color to monochromatic outfits! Thanks for reading and good luck with your own projects!

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peter pan collar blouse_Nordstrom Rack, Lush brand

black skinnies_Target

black undershirt_Macy's

black rhinestone loafers_Steve Madden for TJ Maxx

black spiked headband_Urban Outfitters sale

black skull studded crossbody_Windsor Store

black leather skull bracelet_Brandy Melville USA

black rubber chain bracelet_Marc by Marc Jacobs for Nordstrom