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A Simple Vintage Statement Necklace DIY

I made a vintage statement necklace 
for my darling daughter for her college graduation.

I used some keepsake pieces 
that she had had since she was little.
Pieces that otherwise would never be worn again.

Ellis also prefers her jewelry
much less bold than my self
so this statement necklace was a perfect opportunity 
to try a new technique in it's creation.

I was also able  to use many vintage earrings
instead of just brooches
as I wanted the necklace to finish much simpler.

I have found vintage earrings to be even easier
and less expensive to find 
at vintage and flea markets.
This necklace is also the perfect way to make use of
single earrings
giving them a new life 
and purpose.

This simple version of my 
vintage statement  necklace
begins just the same as my larger necklace
with a beaded woven base.
This type of base to begin with is the secret to 
this much easier necklace process.

Just like last time
have all of your pieces gathered
and lay them out in 
your desired pattern.

For the earrings I simply
removed the back clips
with my wire cutters.

For the collectable pins
I also just removed the back findings.

The trick to making this necklace
so easily

all the pieces are simply 
hot glued on!

Because of the beaded base
that acts as a mesh 
the pieces adhere wonderfully!

Ellis has worn her necklace often
with no casualties!

Another trick to be sure
is to make sure there is enough glue
used so that it really attaches to the beads
pressing the piece down hard
and hold it in place for 20-30 seconds 
for the best adherence.

Because of the weave of the base
the glue doesn't even seep through
resulting in not only
a much quicker process
then wiring each piece on
but the back look clean and finished as well!

I am ever so happy 
how this 
Simple Vintage Statement Necklace 
turned out!

Not only beautiful
but full of sentiment as well!

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life


  1. You make it look and sound easy Tamera!
    It looks lovely on Ellis and I love how she has styled her hair.

    1. This version really is easy … I just love the instant gratification of a glue gun project … especially one that ends up this finished!

      Thank you for the sweet words about Ellis!

  2. This turned out so wonderful. I had wondered before if the pieces couldn't just be glued on. Now I MUST create one of these. Just for the fun of it. Where do you find those base necklaces?


    1. Target in the States carries the base necklaces … as well as a lot of junior clothing stores… including Forever 21. They are usually imported … and thus not very expensive. I can't wait to see what you come up with my very creative friend … do share when it's finished!

    2. Thanks for letting me know! I really want to give this a try. I will be sure to share, but need to add to my stash of vintage brooches/earrings yet though. Another reason to head out to some thrift stores. : )


  3. Tamera, that is absolutely an adorable necklace and you make it look easy, but I am sure it is not! What a great way to use old loose pieces of jewelry that you still love, but have no mates. But still have happy memories! I have never seen these; just gorgeous.

    1. Kathryn, the part that takes the longest is the gathering of the pieces … happily the gluing goes rather quickly!

      Thank you for your kind words my dear!

  4. OMG....Ellis is BEAUTIFUL....and why wouldn't she be? And her necklace is a one-of-a-kind heirloom. Priceless.

    1. Catherine … thank you for your sweet, sweet words!

  5. I am definitely going to try making a necklace like this. The one you made is just beautiful!

    1. Oh I hope you make one …and I hope you share it when you do, my dear!

  6. I love this! so pretty and your daughter is gorgeous x

  7. This is seriously so precious. I love the combination of keepsake and vintage pieces. Such a beautiful gift. :)

  8. I am just astonished at how beautiful this necklace is and of course your daughter is gorgeous as well, Tamera!

    The Arts by Karena

    1. Karena thank you so much for your very kind words my dear! I still have my eye open for some skirts for you!

  9. Genius keepsake!

  10. Tamera, I adore your statement necklaces! My mother and I are going to sort through her jewelry box this Summer. I hope to be able to make a vintage statement necklace for Chrislyn and each of my nieces for Christmas.
    Ellis is beautiful!

  11. Simply beautiful, Tamera! What a lovely idea for a lovely daughter!

  12. Thank you Tamera for the tutorial! Now I know what to do with all the vintage jewelry I received when my mom passed 20 odd years ago, when I was 21. Will make a great memory piece!

    Lisa in Fort Worth

  13. SHE is GORGEOUS!Love the pastel colors...........