Chunky Gathered Necklace

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  October 14, 2013 — 7 Comments

Here’s an easy upcycle to whip up on a Monday morning. I had these two identical strands of navy beads, purchased at separate estate sales for only a dollar or two each.

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I love the idea of navy beads (navy is one of my best colors), but every time I put them on I just wasn’t feeling it. But then I saw this on Pinterest yesterday and it inspired me to try something new. I laid them out next to one another with the clasps at opposite ends.

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Then I twisted them up together.

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And tied a piece of ribbon to each end.

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I trimmed the excess ribbon, tied it around my neck and voila-a chunky necklace that’s more in line with current trends.

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I sometimes see super long strands of fake pearls at estate sales and wonder when I would ever wear them, but I love the idea of folding and tying them for a shorter, chunky necklace that’s a little more practical for life with a toddler.

I hope you each had a wonderful weekend! Mine was not as productive as I would have liked, but we did get to spend some quality time with friends and family and that’s a million times better anyway. Happy Monday!


Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


7 responses to Chunky Gathered Necklace

  1. This is genius! And, I’m with you on the navy! It looks great! How do you find out about estate sales? I must visit one one of these days!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap October 16, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Thanks so much! I signed up for emails at They send me emails every week telling me about the local sales!

  2. So cute!

    I’ve been on the hunt for a red strand necklace exactly like that one.

  3. I love it!!! The pearls would be right up my alley!!

  4. Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue October 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    so cute!!

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