Thursday, January 23, 2014

DIY Gemstone Statement Necklace

These last few days at work have been crazy and stressful. After a particularly trying day, I headed to Michael's to find a project. In the past I would deal with my stress by a good junk food binge. Since I can't do that anymore I've starting finding projects to relax me. (Along with buying a new pair of heels. That ALWAYS helps too!!)

I have seen several different versions of this statement necklace project on Pinterest and ended up using a idea from each one to create my own.

  • Felt
  • Plastic Canvas
  • Gemstones
  • Ribbon
  • Craft Glue

First, I cut the plastic canvas into a crescent-style shape. (You can create any shape you like, the possibilities are endless here)

I ended up changing the shape of the necklace at the end...

Next, I cut the felt to match and glued them together.

The next step was to determine what pattern I wanted to create with the gemstones. As I mentioned above, I changed the shape of necklace at this point. I didn't like the full crescent shape so I trimmed it to a semi-circle. I experimented with a few designs and finally decided on covering the entire area with the gems.

Next, I glued the stones to the backing by applying a drop of craft glue to the back of each gem and placing it back in position on the felt. (This was a fairly tedious process but thankfully, I had a good episode of NCIS to watch while I worked.)

The last step was to attach a length of ribbon to the outer corners of the backing after the gems had dried overnight. I attached with craft glue but also added a couples stitches to make sure everything was secure.

I really love how this turned out. And you get such bang for your buck! Excluding the craft glue, I only spent $5 for all the materials. I used half of the gems and have enough felt and backing to make at least four more necklaces.

I want to try this project again with jewel-colored stones of varied sizes. Maybe this weekend!!


  1. I almost bought a necklace like this yesterday, I'm glad I didn't because you made it look so easy to create, I have to make one of my own!

    1. It was so easy! You should definitely give it a try.

  2. This such a cute and easy DIY! Can't wait to see you style the necklace!

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  3. Oh my gosh, how cute! This looks so simple and easy to do. I really need to try this. Now I want to see you styling it :) Thanks for linking up! Heather

  4. Well how cute an easy is that!

  5. So cute!!!! I've been wanting to make a jeweled collar. I have so many leftover jewels from my past DIYs.

    Tracy @Its Mostly About Fashion

  6. Wonderful job and much better than eating....

  7. These turned out great!! I think your idea for the next one sounds so cute!!

  8. Aww, that turned out so cute! I'm loving collared necklaces now. It took me awhile to warm up to them, but I'm there now :)


    1. I was kind of the same way. I wasn't drawn to the chunkier style necklaces. Now they make up the majority of my jewelry.

  9. such a cute and simple DIY!


  10. Really adorable necklace made by you. I made affordable gemstone engagement rings at home with help of my sister. I would be glad if you make article on DIY gemstone rings too..


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