Upcycling a Necklace

I bought a cheapie necklace on sale a few years ago and wore it only once. It was the wrong length, the charms weren’t in the right places, it just didn’t work. So, I thought about ways to change it. I like sculptural, asymmetrical pieces and figured I had nothing to lose by trying to change this long strand into something different. I grabbed a pair of needle-nose pliers and off I went.





Here’s the necklace on me so you can see how it lies. I also wore it on Day 6 of the 30 for 30 challenge.


I hadn’t planned on making earrings but I had extra chain and charms when I’d finished the necklace so I grabbed a few hook backs from my craft supplies and ended up with three new pairs!

If you have a before-and-after story to share, tell me in the comment and link to your post if you have one.


Filed under Crafts, DIY, Fashion, Thrifty

6 responses to “Upcycling a Necklace

  1. This is so awesome! I’ve never really made a piece of jewelry before, but I have lengthened necklaces by adding an extra chain, and one time I converted an earring into a pendant. You’ve inspired me to look at cheap accessories with more of an eye to their potential…

  2. Glad you like the idea! I’m not a jewelry pro and consider this a simple project. I hope you try something similar! Thanks for writing.

  3. carmen

    WOW!!! How creative! The ‘new’ one is so much more interesting and I love how it looks on you! Not only that, but now you have three pairs of different earrings to wear with it or with another necklace.

    I bought a cheapie necklace for $3 and was inspired when I read your DIY before, It looked very tacky and now it’s transformed. Wish I had taken a before pic.

  4. Very 60’s Andy Warhol “Factory” style! Love it!

  5. I love this necklace! I can’t believe you made it!!!

  6. love wat u did with the necklace!!!!

    xoxo jenna

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