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She’s Crafty: DIY Multi-Chain & Ribbon Necklace

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Due to the resounding success of her last She’s Crafty, my friend Pandora from Accessory Source is back with another lovely necklace DIY tutorial that would make a fantastic christmas present for a friend or relative!

She says:

When it comes to jewelry, I favor big and bold pieces. And while I tend to wear mostly gold, lately I’ve become obsessed with mixing metals like silver and gunmetal (and throwing in some bling for good measure!). My multi-chain necklace has become a staple in my wardrobe because it incorporates it all. Here’s a quick 10 step tutorial on how to make your own bulky bauble.

You will need the following tools:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pliers (optional)
  • Ribbon-1 yard
  • Two jump rings (the size of a nickel). For those who don’t know what a jump ring is, it’s a metal ring with a small gap for opening and closing.
  • 7 various strands of chain – 12 inches
Supplies Needed


I chose a mix of metals in various colors and sizes and a few strands with rhinestones. But this tutorial can be applied to ANY strands, like beads. The only requirement is that the ends of each strand have a round opening or a jump ring that can be hooked onto a larger jump ring. If it doesn’t, you will have to attach one.

All of my materials were purchased at Toho Shoji.

Cut your first strand of chain to 12 inches

Cut your first strand of chain to 12 inches

Step 1:
Cut your first strand 12 inches long. This will be the longest chain on the necklace.

Cut your remaining strands each a half inch shorter than the next

Cut your remaining strands each a half inch shorter than the next

Step 2:
Cut the remaining strands 1/2 inch shorter than the strand before. I have 7 strands. My longest is 12 inches, my shortest is 9 inches.

Pry open your jump

Pry open your jump ring and attach your longest strand

Step 3:
Using your pliers open one jump ring and hook on your longest strand.

Hang your chains from longest to shortest

Hang your chains from longest to shortest

Step 4:
Hang the rest of the chains one at a time, in size order. You’ll hang the smallest one last.

Close the jump ring with pliers

Close the jump ring with pliers

Step 5:
With your pliers, close the gap of the ring.

Repeat and attach to other jump ring

Repeat and attach to other jump ring

Step 6:
Do the exact same thing to the other end of your chains, starting with the longest strand.

Pandora Necklace

Cut ribbon, and place through jump ring

Step 7:
Cut your ribbon in half. Take one ribbon and put an end through the back of the jump ring so that the edge is facing you.

Pandora Necklace

Knot your ribbon on the jump ring

Step 8:
Fold the edge to the left. Wrap it around the back of the ribbon toward the right and through the hoop, creating a knot.

Repeat on other jump ring. Secure with stitches if your chains are heavy.

Repeat on other jump ring. Secure with stitches if your chains are heavy.

Step 9:
Do the same thing with the remaining ribbon and jump ring. Only this time when you fold the ribbon, fold it to the right and bring it around to the left to tie.

Step 10:
If your chains are heavy, you may want to reinforce the knots by sewing a few stitches.

Complete and ready to wear!

Complete and ready to wear!

Lastly, wear it with everything and love it!

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9 Responses to “She’s Crafty: DIY Multi-Chain & Ribbon Necklace”

  1. Gee Gee says:

    cute! the ribbon is a nice touch

  2. marshmallory says:

    i LOVE this! those necklaces are so cute but i’ve always wondered if i could just make one…thanks for the tips!

  3. Sistargirl Leilanie says:

    yay! i think i just found my added to-do gift for my sister!

  4. JoJo says:

    That necklace is HOT! It seems so easy and looks fabulous/expensive! P.S. Also love the cuff bracelet!

  5. The Style PA says:

    I would soooo wear that necklace. Looks fab and not to difficult to make either by the looks of things.

  6. M says:

    it looks great and easy to make…plus cheap if you have a ton of ppl to gift like me, hopefully in time for jan 6 the last gift date of the season

  7. Rachel says:

    loved this idea so much i had to try it myself! i only had silver chains of various sizes, so to add a little zing to it, i hung a sparrow pendant from the lowest chain. i love it! thank you!

  8. Zara says:

    I love the necklace! very pretty.

  9. Roanna says:

    Wow, that’s really awesome and it seems pretty affordable. Now every time that I step out of Zara or Accessorize, I don’t have to hear the sound of my heart breaking :-) Good stuff!


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