Double Duty Jewelry: DIY Necklace & Bracelet in One

Posted by Meghan Quinones
This jewelry is dual purpose; it can be worn as a necklace and also turned into a statement bracelet!

I am SUPER excited about this little charm necklace/bracelet combo! Why, you ask? Well, there are a couple of reasons...

First off, it is a project anyone can do. If you love embroidery, sewing, jewelry making, or just general crafting, this project is perfect for you. You only need to know how to thread a needle and tie a knot. Trust me, it really is that easy!

The second reason I am excited about this project is the necklace is actually dual purpose. When you aren't wearing it as a necklace, it can be turned into a bracelet! So, you end up getting two jewelry pieces in one. Just twist the necklace around your wrist and viola, A beautiful statement bracelet. Just think of all of the color combinations you could incorporate to create a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece for you, a family member, or a friend!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Beads
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Charm
  • Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Wire
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pliers
  • Needle
  • Small Piece of Cardboard

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Dump your beads into a small bowl or cup. Cut your floss 48 inches long. Separate your embroidery thread so you only have three strands. Put the other three stands to the side (you will use these later). Thread your needle.

Step 2: Tie two knots about 5 inches from the end of your string, one on top of the other (you want to make sure your knot is larger than your bead hole). Start stringing your beads.

Step 3: Keep stringing your beads until all of them have been strung.

Step 4: Tie a knot with your two ends. Leave 1 centimeter from your knot and beads. Trim your ends, or leave them a bit longer for added detail.

Step 5: Use your pliers to open your jump ring. Slide your jump ring through the hole at the top of your charm.

Step 6: Find the center of your necklace. Hook your jump ring onto your necklace and close it with your pliers.

Step 7: Cut your cardboard so it is an inch long. Grab the other 3 strands of thread you cut. Wrap your thread over and behind your cardboard. You want the top string to be a little more than a inch long. Tie a knot at the top of your cardboard.

Step 8: Start wrapping your thread around your cardboard. When you get close to an inch of string left, tie a knot with your other string at the top of your cardboard.

Step 9: Use your pliers to open your other jump ring. Slide your jump ring under all of your strings at the top of your cardboard. Close your jump ring.

Step 10: Cut four inches of wire. Lay your wire on your table. Put your tassel two centimeters from the end of your wire. Make sure you fold the two strings at the top of your cardboard down to the bottom of your tassel Begin tightly wrapping your wire underneath your jump ring. When you have about two centimeters of wire left, twist your two wires together, securing your wire. Trim any excess wire you have.

Step 11: Use your scissors to cut the loops at the bottom of your tassel. Make sure all of your strings are even.

Step 12: Open the jump ring on your tassel and put it on your necklace next to your charm, leaving a bead in-between. Close your jump ring.

That's it! Now, time to find the perfect outfit for your necklace!

When you want your wrist to pop instead of your necklace, just wrap grab your necklace and wrap it around your bracelet a few times. Viola! You know have a statement necklace!