Changeable: DIY Statement Necklaces

Hello, all! This is Jeanne coming at you from a house full of packing boxes, tape dispensers, and empty closets. We are down to final weeks before our move to the Bay Area and sadly that has left yours truly with very few clothes to photograph and share with you. Somehow, Kate and I will get through this week until I am re-settled with my wardrobe. Please bear with us!

Jeanne black and white prints

Many people have asked me about my DIY statement necklaces over the months since I created them. So today I will share exactly how I created these in hopes that this will inspire you to try the same thing. The truth is that I have always had glittery costume jewelry brooches that simply sat in my drawer and gathered dust. So when I read Tamera Beardsley’s blog post, a light bulb went off! Here is how I made my VERY simplified versions of Tamera’s masterpieces:

1) Collect the brooches you already have in one place. Envision how they could be combined in a simple necklace — you could combine those of similar colors, stones, themes, etc.

2) Figure out if you need to find some additional costume jewelry brooches to complete the “look” of your necklace.

3) If needed, scour the jewelry collections at vintage and junk shops and find the ones you need. If you are planning to buy more than one brooch, negotiate with the vendor to get a better price for buying more than one.

4) Go to Jo-Ann or Michaels and purchase a necklace chain in either a silver tone or gold tone depending on what you prefer. Make sure the chain has big enough chain segments so that you can get brooch pins through them.

5) Lay out your necklace chain and the brooches you want to use in the configuration you want.

6) Now thread the pin on each brooch through the chain and fasten. If you have an antique brooch, you may need to glue the pin shut to hold it on the necklace.

7) Wear your brooch necklace and accept compliments from all your friends. Remember that you can decouple the brooches from your necklace and change them around anytime you want.

Check out my versions — above and below:

Jeanne dressed up jeans

Are you inspired to make your own brooch necklace now that you know how easy it is? Do you have other style DIYs you want to share?

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7 Comments on Changeable: DIY Statement Necklaces

  1. Tianna
    October 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm (5 years ago)

    not a huge fan of massive necklace, but they look lovely on others. I just can’t handle heavy accessories in general lol.

  2. Nora
    October 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm (5 years ago)

    this is such an original idea! i don’t know if i would dare to wear such a statement piece, but i really like the necklaces you put together 🙂

    check out my blog if you feel like it?

    • janj913
      October 17, 2013 at 11:17 pm (5 years ago)

      Nora – You can make this kind of necklace as low key as you want. Try some small simple brooches on yours!

  3. Sarah
    October 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm (5 years ago)

    YES! A diy post that is simple enough for me to follow! Love it!


  4. April F
    October 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm (5 years ago)

    wow those combo look so great- I want to try this

  5. Jean of all Trades
    November 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Love this idea! I’m going to try it. I don’t usually wear brooches and now I can make them into necklaces! Thanks!


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