I am completely obsessed with Pinterest, more than ever these days (PS – you can follow me here)! I realize this obsession isn’t exactly news-worthy, but it’s the truth.
A big reason I’ve been loving Pinterest so much is because I’ve been recreating many of my pins, and using the tips and tricks that I’ve picked up. I realize there’s (almost) too much inspiration out there, and it can be tough to prioritize what to try and what to leave as an idea.
Though we may forget this, inspiration can also 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. This trendy, young woman came into our office to show our team their range of product and decoration offerings and to chat about working with our company. It was a very productive meeting and we learned a lot…and I couldn’t help but notice her gorgeous custom name necklace!
When the meeting ended, 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 strung 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. Some people told me to shop on places like Aluminium Warehouse for metal supplies but I decided to go into a local hardware store instead. 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. If you’re not after going around hunting for bits and bobs to make your necklace, but you’re still wanting something personal to you, something like a name necklace could be up your street.
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. Plus, I can reuse the chains if I pick up something like a cocker spaniel pendant or some other shape that I fancy to create a whole new piece.
How to Make a DIY Hardware Necklace:
It’s so simple, I promise! The hardest part is getting the inspiration to create something. But, if you’re reading this post, I suspect you’re already feeling inspired.
Go to the hardware store and pick out a bunch of different screws, washers – anything that you can string onto a necklace. They’re often very inexpensive, so don’t be afraid to buy more than you need. You can always make more than one masterpiece 😉
Open any packages and lay out all of your hardware store supplies. It helps to see everything that you’re working with.
Start mixing and matching until you come up with an idea that you love. Then, take your chain and string the materials onto it. There’s really no science. It comes down to trial and error and personal preference.
Let me know if you give this a try, or if you have any questions!