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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Hi everyone! Today I am so excited to introduce a new DIY that was featured in a digital magazine run by students from my college, called Digital Frankenstein! I am a big fan of this magazine because it features interesting projects by people on campus and in the local community. I was lucky enough to collaborate with them and bring you guys a DIY Hardware Headband that I came up with, and also an interview! This headband might be one of my favorite projects I've made so far, it adds a lot of visual interest and also stays in place for the entire day.

You can check out the latest issue to see how to make this, here, on page 28!

and you can learn more about Digital Frankenstein on their website or Facebook page!

Thank you so much to Digital Frankie--I'm so happy with how the article turned out!

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today was slightly rainy but also sort of warm so i opted for this thin sweater. i added my favorite tapestry clutch to add some color to the outfit, but the subdued colors are great for fall!

isn't this bracelet awesome? it was made by my friend Alana and the beads spell out an inside joke between us in morse code!!

high-low grey sweater_Cotton On

black corduroy zip skinnies_Forever 21 (6 bucks!)

mocassins_Target

tapestry envelope clutch_Target, gift

paper airplane necklace_Brandy Melville USA

beaded bracelet_handmade gift by my friend Alana! :3