Easy DIY Necklace from Chandelier Earrings

I have another quick and easy DIY project for you!

Well, maybe this doesn’t really count as a real DIY project. It only takes a few minutes to do and although you probably won’t have the same materials as I do, hopefully it’ll give you some ideas for your own jewelry stash. :)

So this month I visited Urban Outfitters during a 50% off clearance haul (blogged here) and I picked up a couple of gold and silver chandelier earrings for $2.50 each (buy here for $5 each):

After taking the earrings home I realized that they overwhelmed my face. But! The connector rings for the bottom tier were easily bent and I removed them from the earrings. I decided not to waste the extra pieces and use them in a new necklace.

The finished product:

What you’ll need:

  • Chandelier earrings that are cheap, broken, or ones that you’re bored of
  • Pliers (or your fingers if you wish)
  • A leftover necklace chain

Earrings before:

I removed the lower tier with my fingers first.

Ahh much better! The earrings are a little smaller and more wearable.

I took the original connector ring, opened it up, and closed it around the necklace chain. Then I did the same for the other side.

Easy, right? Almost TOO easy!

I could have stopped there, but I decided to add the extra gold piece onto it as well for a nice contrasting effect.

I ended up making two necklaces since I had two bare chains laying around.

A short one:

And a long one:

Yay! I already wore the long one out already. I like it because it’s dainty yet eye catching.

If I had the materials on hand, I think one of these fringed crescent pieces would make a REALLY cool ear piece, kind of like this one from Boticca:

Here’s another example!

Take these earrings from Forever 21 for $4.80.

If you connect them to a silver chain, you’ll get a dainty version reminiscent of this $258 Anthropologie necklace.

The shape is not exactly the same, but you get the idea, right? :)

The nice thing about working with metal jewelry is that it’s so easy to change it up: add pieces, take pieces away, combine pieces… the choices are endless and very easy to switch around as long as your connectors don’t break.

Have fun! :)

♥ E&I