[my DIY] Tribal Necklace

Inspired by Mara Hoffman’s Spring 2012 line, I became obsessed with making a statement tribal necklace knowing it would be the perfect accessory for my upcoming trips to LA and Florida. One thing I love is that you can wear just one or stack a bunch for a bolder look.
Another thing I LOVE is that all the supplies are under $20! 
I wore three today with a new shirt I made at a DIY retreat with Honestly WTF this weekend in Palm Spings… more to come on that soon! 
Customize yours with different color combinations or by adding nuts, washers and beads. 
Supplies: Rope, embroidery floss, small beads, lobster claw, large lock nuts and chain. 
Steps after the break! 

Cut the rope to a little longer then the length you want the necklace (wrap masking tape around the ends to keep from fraying). Tie the first color of string at one end and double knot.

Next start wrapping the string around the rope leaving the starting end loose. 

To switch colors double knot the two strings together. 

Continue wrapping covering up the excess string ends.

Keep wrapping, switching colors as you go to create your desired pattern. 
Continue wrapping until you cover the entire piece of rope. 

Cut so only a little masking tape is left on the end.

Thread the string end through the lock nut, then screw the nut onto the end of the rope.

Tie the chain onto the end, repeat on opposite side. 

Attach lobster clasp, and your first necklace is done! 
Using these basics make two or more strands to wear together. 

Add hardware by stringing washers on the rope, or threading beads onto the embroidery floss while wrapping. 

Get creative and have fun making your own combinations! 

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  1. It turned out amazing! I love the colours. 🙂

  2. out of order says:

    what an awesome turnout 🙂

  3. these are way cute jenni ~ they turned out so great!!
    xx ~ kristina

  4. Absolutely wonderful! I copied it! Stop by my blog to see my latest DIY-inspired shoes from Proenza Schuller! Hope you like!

  5. This is so beautiful! and all the colors! ♥


  6. Samual James says:

    I have been a fan of this blog for just a few days now … I really am enjoying myself here.
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  7. Blöde Kuh says:

    beautiful! I have to make this in the next time! 🙂


  8. SO fun! love the hardware touches!

  9. Collections says:

    Love this post. I also posted about a DIY today… check it out!

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  10. I love this project! I am definitely going to make one (or twelve!) of these asap!

  11. Ciaa says:

    I love love this tutorial. Got to try it

  12. Aimee says:

    Wow, this is amazing! I wish I had the patience to create something so pretty!

  13. Bromeliad says:

    Love how you used the nut to tie the chain and hide the end of the rope.

  14. Angel Nicole says:

    *Throws on clothes and runs to Micheal’s as fast as I can*

    I love this!

  15. I love it, definitely will do it!!

  16. what a lovely idea


  17. Anonymous says:

    This would totally match my “Sin City” tattoo.

  18. Anonymous says:

    waw cool!. It’s simple but awesome. I love this necklaces.

  19. HonestlyWTF says:

    looks great with your new shirt lady!!!

  20. Sherry says:

    This is so cool. I would love to have a tribal necklace. Nice work,Jen.

  21. Hannah F says:

    I am smitten by this DIY. I’m definitely going to try it out!!!

  22. PITA says:

    would definitely be trying this out soon !!


  23. Daisy1990 says:

    a must do! Very nice!

  24. Olya says:

    This is so amazing! Must do, now! xo

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  27. aysha banu says:

    What a terrific collection of fabulous necklaces. I think anyone choose this kind of necklaces who want just a different.Thanks for sharing!

  28. lovee this projectt, sooo cutee. looks like hard work though
    love, alex


  29. Tina says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Tried it and it turned out perfectly: http://www.thealbrecht.com/2012/01/27/inspired-diys/

  30. Sarah says:

    I’m obsessed with Mara Hoffman’s Spring 12 line too, and this DIY is soooo great and easy to do! Thank you! I think I’ll just share this on my blog and help spread the word on your awesome DIY 🙂

  31. What a nice Idea going to make…

  32. bikeinhands says:

    just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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