How To Semi DIY Your Necklace

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Got this ‘collar’ necklace a couple of weeks ago but you don’t see the collar shape.  So I changed it.

STEP 1.  Flip it over to see the links that join each square stone together.


STEP 2.  Taking sharp scissors and starting from the bottom center of the necklace, slowly snip a link at a time. Rhinestones will fall. You are cutting them out to create that ‘V’ opening.


STEP 3.  Keep slowly snipping links.   You can see the gap to create  a V shape.


STEP 4.  Flip the necklace front side to check for uniformity and a defined v-shape.  This is where I stopped.


STEP 5.  Check the overall effect.


STEP 6. I made about 5 snips of the links to make a more defined collar. It’s imperfect but I like stuff that way.


STEP 7.  Layer over anything.  I wore mine today over a vintage T-shirt but dresses or plain T-shirts will work


Yea I know.  Collars are everywhere and we’re probably getting sick of them.  Got to say though.  I’ve been looking for months for a vintage necklace collar.  Not sure that qualifies as the difference but regardless. The search continues.  Until I find it I ordered this one from Forever21.

Didn’t really love: it’s too rounded.  But it didn’t cost a rent cheque so I got the scissors and cut in a more defined V shape for a collar.  (Thx Tess for the brilliant inspiration).

TIP:  I can see these steps being done to all sorts of inexpensive rhinestone necklaces. You don’t like the shape? DO NOT THROW IT.  Grab your scissors and cut it into one you do like.  I think the more irregular the shape, the more interesting a piece you’ll create anyway that’s unique to you.

If you can’t be asked or are a scissor phobe:

Dannijo Hixson Necklace
Topshop Mesh Necklace
Young Frankk Hammered Necklace
Also try Etsy?



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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07056340763960237790 Kat

    Wow that is a really cool DIY. You are very creative with the resources you have.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

    super cool i love this! esp because the collar necklace i wanted on jewelmint sold out a few days ago! need to try :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08818325544321828402 madzia

    so nice :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02809544604769858045 t

    The imperfect collar with the tee go perfectly together!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02880893269094439693 Rhea Dillon

    Thats a really cool idea!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06800825469832343014 style-xyz
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13521002652078294685 VANESSA

    Great idea!!!!!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00261341731186339900 Candace Belle

    Who would have thunk it! great idea and nicely done (insert nodding head)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15299769123976395015 Marian

    I love it. I was just in Forever 21 yesterday and they have some great necklaces, loads of beads… defo getting some, great value.

    My blog post tomorrow has some of my faves.


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  • http://thelookandlisten.blogspot.com/ Neijah

    The result is very nice! Subtle difference, but it’s worth it!



  • http://dedivahdeals.wordpress.com/ dedivahdeals

    Nice, I have a few that I can change up.

  • http://dedivahdeals.wordpress.com/ dedivahdeals

    Love this idea – I have a few that I can change up.

  • Anonymous

    Looks great! I do want a rhinestone one, my sisters store has some collar necklaces, seems i’m collecting *hides face. love your blog!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13238757677243200647 Sharla

    this is amazing! i especially love the way you layered it over the vintage t-shirt. rad.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    omg this is the best idea I saw that necklace in forever 21! definitely doing this.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12092428859356279469 Ana Rodrigues

    Another tip: you can dye your necklace with nail polishing !

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12092428859356279469 Ana Rodrigues

    Another tip/ idea: you can “paint” your necklace with nail polish.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Yes I’ve noticed that too

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09224164665243588644 That Bird

    That looks much better. Collars are being done to death at the moment, but this one’s a bit different, I think because it looks like actual jewelry rather than just a collar? It’s really cute anyway! x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02117134511355899577 Isabel

    Looks much better, I really like it :)

    xx Isabel

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15267603565873314698 Disfuntional.Happenings.With.Mo

    – Yuhr version is def better than the original. More trendy :)

    xo Mo

  • Sinead

    Love this!
    OK, I have what is surely a stupid question: how is it that the whole thing doesn’t fall apart once you start cutting? Is there a particular way you have to cut it in order to keep from destroying it? Thanks!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Look at the back side of it in picture # 2. You see those squares? Those are each a rhinestone. You want to cut in BETWEEN those squares where you see a thin link. I cut that link that holds each rhinestone together.

      Start at the bottom center of the necklace. You will see a few rhinestones fall but it won’t be much. Maybe 4?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00325841470229145960 internodiciotto

    this is an awesome collar necklace karen! wish i can find a vitage one like this too here!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03611266949576273913 Cokie Coquilla

    Amazeballs! I want to have a collar necklace too! :) Nice one Karen! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08577709068519104458 FJ
  • http://www.riamichelle.com/ Ria

    This is a cool idea.

  • Anonymous

    i NEED to know where you got that Johnny Cash shirt! please!!! and PS. JUST found the exact same collar you made at topshop here! http://us.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=81&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33060&storeId=13052&productId=6240808&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=208714&parent_categoryId=208582&pageSize=20&refinements=category~%5B210064|208714]&noOfRefinements=1&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-JYjLVuqLg1GR4MHolABjCQ&cmpid=aff_ls_tsus&_$ja=tsid:21416|prd:J84DHJLQkR4

    • Anonymous

      Where did she get shirt?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10332766712874912631 Johney Duke

    The stuff written in the blogs have allured me!!!
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