Making a necklace out of hardware store gleanings isn't exactly a brand new idea — in fact, there's a whole book dedicated to hardware store jewelry projects — but it is easy, satisfying, and generally cheaper than making a necklace out of regular old beads. (Or maybe the bead stores in my city are just overpriced.) And best of all, you can finish a necklace in about five minutes flat.
Here's a quick inspiration board for this week's project. My necklace is in the center; the three other examples are from Lanvin's fall 2009 collection. Mine is not intended to be an exact copy — for a pretty direct at-home knock-off, there's a nice DIY tutorial here — but a reinterpretation. I happen to dig the oversized, chunky look of the jewelry.
For next week, I'll show you how to dye scarves at home for pleasure and profit. In the meantime, to check out past Friday DIYs — including how to paint your nails with stripes, how to make a custom dress form parts I and II, how to make a fascinator, how to alter a thrift-store dress, how to make an at-home version of a Prada bag, and how to make a pair of shorts — click here.