DIY Gold Ring Necklace – a year of handmade gift

I recently went to Miami Beach – woo hoo! to celebrate my 40th birthday (which isn’t until September, by the by) with nine of my wonderful, smart, talented and beautiful college girlfriends. We had a blast!  What is it about the friends you made when you were 18 that makes them the best of friends? I guess part of it is that you meet them when you are just blooming as an individual. In any case, I love them like sisters. When I knew where we were going, I wanted to find a dress that said Miami! I went to the local consignment store, Common Threads, and found this beauty for $23!!  I love the water color feel.  I wanted a necklace that would be a spot-on match and decided to make it for myself.
I love the result.  It was easy to pick custom colors that matched perfectly, and I made the necklace in about a half an hour. Wunderbar! The complete diy is below. Very simply, it is embroidery thread with jewelry jump rings strung on the strands with a few gold beads mixed in.  
I thought the necklace made a great companion to my dress. I think you should custom make one for your own favorite summer dress for this season. And then, go have a stinking good time!
This necklace is part of my commitment to make only handmade gifts this year.  This one just happens to be for me! For more handmade gift ideas, check out the a year of handmade gallery here or by clicking below.  If your interested in more jewelry, check out my 24 days of glam gallery here.
Six colors of DMC 5 embroidery thread (or one color if you prefer)
Jump rings in bulk (I got these from JoAnn’s in the jewelry section)
Gold beads (these are the thicker ones)

Measure 156 inches of the six colors of thread. Cut the strands in half.

Place the two lengths side by side, you should now have 12 strands together that measure 78″.

Thread the 12 strands on to a darning needle.

Tie a simple knot about 6 inches in from the end.

Now, tie another knot on top of that.  Do this by bringing the first knot into the middle of the second knot and tightening.
It should look like this when you are done.
Now, string a mixture of the gold beads and jump rings on to the embroidery thread, bring the beads to the knot you just made.

Move down the length of embroidery thread about 3 inches and make another double knot.

Now, string on more beads and rings. As you do each section, add the beads in a random pattern, sometimes only jump rings, sometimes with two gold ring beads, sometimes none at all.

At the end, you should have a strand that looks something like this below.

You can finish the necklace with jewelry fixings if you’re so inclined, but I always like to make it pretty quick and easy. To complete the top, I made a slipping knot that can adjust the length of the necklace easily. Overlap the two ends. With left hand end, tie a square knot around the right hand end.

Then, tie the same knot with the with the right hand end, around the left hand end.  It sounds more complicated in words – look at the photos.

It should look like below. Trim the ends on each knot. You can shorten and lengthen the necklace by pulling the knots further away from each other or bringing them close to one another. In this manner, you can also wear the necklace as a bracelet and pull the knots apart while it is on your wrist to tighten the bracelet.

This photo is blurry, but I included it so you can see what it looks like when the knots are kissing and the ends are trimmed.

FINIS!! You can wear it doubled, or straight or around your wrist, too!

Happy making!  Here’s a snap shot from my Miami trip of my lovely friends, whom I adore. If I don’t post for a while, send someone looking for me, as one of my friends may kill me for posting a photo of them in their swimsuits.
xo anne

  1. beki

    what a gorgeous necklace!

  2. I love it! Thank you so much for all the gift inspiration, I plan to make most of my Christmas gifts this year, thanks to you!

  3. anne

    Thanks so much for your sweet comments, you two. I love hearing that my diys are encouraging more handmade gifts out there!! xo anne

  4. vivi

    your friends are great, they won’t kill you 😉
    the DIY seems so easy and the necklace is amazing!

    • anne

      your sweet – and it is easy! give it a whirl!!

  5. this is really beautiful! I love it! simple and sophisticated!

    • anne

      Thanks so much!

  6. Gorgeous necklace!! Love it! The dress or top your wearing looks great too, lovely colours. My best friends are the ones I made round 18, I have a weekend away with 2 of them coming up and i’m very excited. I hope your well over there! xxxx

  7. this is so beautiful! thanks for sharing!

  8. Rachel

    How adorable! Love how customizable it is, too.

  9. yayyy, I love this (traveling here from Creature Comforts blog). Totally making this. Thanks for posting!

  10. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is a bad time financially, as it is for so many I know, and my Mom is having a birthday soon. I can’t afford to buy her anything, but I KNOW she would love this necklace in blues (her fav color). Now I can give her something that I made and she will like that far more than any store bought item anyway. God bless you!

    • anne

      Maureen, Thank you so much for your kind comment. Your mom will love it! good luck ad best wishes to you.

  11. Cant wait to try it! I think I am going to do black and grays. With maybe pink! Maria Etkind

    • anne

      That sounds absolutely beautiful Maria!

  12. Camille

    HOW did I miss this?! The necklace is gorgeous—and so are YOU—and so are your friends! xoxoxox

  13. Precioso!!! Lo quiero hacer!!! Lo que no entiendo es lo de las perlas doradas.

    Gracias por compartir!

  14. Mike

    The gold necklace you made is super pretty.

  15. This is a great idea, it actually looks like a genuine gold necklace.

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  18. Terri Provencal

    Looks great think my Granddaughter’s will Love it. Thank you

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