How to DIY a Super-Chic Hardware Necklace

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Though we may forget this, inspiration can come from offline, and that’s exactly what happened with my recent DIY project.

I had the idea to create my own costume jewelry, because of a supplier I met at work a few weeks ago. I complimented her necklace and asked her where she bought it. She laughed, and told me that she made the necklace! Apparently, all she did was go to her local hardware store, pick up a few nuts and bolts, and string them on a long chain.

So, that’s exactly what I did!

I’ll be honest, when I first ventured into the hardware store, I was a bit lost. Eventually, I ventured into the plumbing section, and it was a gold mine! They had all different shapes and sizes of nuts, bolts, pipes, and other metallic goodies. It was so much fun to dig through all of the bins, almost like a treasure hunt.

As far as chains are concerned, you can buy inexpensive chains at beading or craft stores, but I didn’t think of that at the time. Instead, I bought a couple of costume necklaces from Brandy Melville so I could use the chains. Worked like a charm.

Putting the necklaces together is simple. Lay out your goodies, and start mixing and matching until you come up with something you think will look nice and try stringing them on the chain. There’s no science, and it’s trial and error.


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