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Be Chic on the Cheap with This DIY Lariat Necklace

When your outfit needs minimal accessorizing, this DIY lariat necklace will add just the right amount of detail for any occasion.

From delicate chains to bold pendants and beading, there are many ways to craft a DIY lariat necklace. We create a looped version of this necklace style, but if you're working with a thicker rope chain or pendants, you can go with a classic knotted finish around your torso. Or, for a super on-trend look, add chain and beading to a choker-style necklace. If you're into layering necklaces—as has been popular this season—a simple lariat necklace is the perfect base, whether you're dressing up classic jeans and a tee or adding a little sparkle to a plunging neckline. If you are looking to lengthen your look, this necklace is a great starting point!

DIY Lariat Necklace Tools

Materials: chain, one gold bead, one jump ring, one gold hoop, one head pin, needle-nose pliers, and a wire cutter.

DIY Lariat Necklace Steps 1-2

1. Put the headpin through the gold square bead, and push the top of the headpin all the way over, creating a 90 degree angle.

2. Using your pliers, create a loop at the top of the bead. Snip off excess wire.

DIY Lariat Necklace Steps 3-4

3. Before you close the loop you created in step 2, slip the last link of the chain onto the wire. Close with pliers.

4. Open the small jump ring, and slide the last link of the opposite end of the chain onto it.

DIY Lariat Necklace Step 5


5. Slide the closed gold hoop onto the open jump ring, and close the ring.

DIY Lariat Necklace Step 6

6. Lay the DIY lariat necklace in a Z shape on a flat surface.

DIY Lariat Necklace Step 7

7. Grab the middle section of chain, and push it through the closed gold hoop. Slide the chain all the way through the loop; the gold bead will catch at the end. The neck allowance will be adjustable; you can slide the DIY lariat necklace over your head—no clasp needed!

For more of Samantha's jewelry inspiration and DIY projects, visit The Brunette One.


Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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