May 10th, 2013


Designer DIY: Neon Tassle Necklace with Holst & Lee

1Today marks part deux in my DIY series with Holst & Lee.  I could not be more excited to share this tassel necklace project with you!  There are a bunch of steps, but I swear… it’s pretty simple.  When I arrived at the Holst & Lee Studio, Natalie had already made the necklace.  I didn’t realize it was going to be our DIY – it looked so elaborate and complicated!   (Truth be told, I wanted to buy it).  Once she broke down the steps, it wasn’t hard at all.  I learned a few tricks along the way, too, which I am excited to share with you today.

P.S.  You should probably check out a few of my other favorite Holst & Lee necklaces.  This one is insane and I love this one.. if only for the name



{love these bracelets!}

IMG_6079Supplies:  3 feet (or so) of Fringe Trim // 14 Eyepins // 7 Cap Beads // Seven Beads //  Two Small End Caps // Pliers // 7 End Caps //  Not Pictured:  E6000 Glue // Wire Nippers  // Parachute Cord // Colored Rope  // Two Large Hex Nuts // Seven Small Compression Sleeves


{couldn’t you just die over all that rope?  A crafter’s paradise!}



Using the steps found here, assemble seven tassels with endcap/beads… basically as if you were making the earrings but without any posts.  This is time-consuming, but once it’s done, the necklace is basically made.


Measure seven pieces of parachute cord, each 30″ long.  Tape off the ends together.  Slide on your seven compression sleeves.


Once the sleeves are all on, cut off the taped portion.  Spread the compression sleeves out carefully along the body of the necklace.


Using a lighter, light one part of your colored rope, and then another… about seven inches or so in.  This helps seal the rope so that it won’t fray when you cut it.  Then, cut the ends.  Using a bit of E6000 glue, stuff each end into an end cap.  Allow to dry.


Next, tend to your eyepins.  Using the wire nippers, cut an eye pin at the diagonal to give it a pointy end.  Starting at the middle of the colored rope, pierce the rope with an eye pin and then attach your tassel/bead/end cap combination.  Once you’ve pierced and attached each piece, snip off the end of the eyepin, and bend it back into the rope .



Repeat seven times until you have attached all of the pieces to the rope.


Next, you are going to sew the colored rope to the parachute cords.  Use an invisible stitch (close stitch) and weave between the compression sleeves.


Once you’ve sewed the necklace together, you will want to focus on the ends.  Take a long piece of thread and stitch it through the parachute cord; right near the last compression sleeve.  Then, begin tightly wrapping the cord… wrapping carefully.  Wrap for about 1/2 inch and then tie it off.  Then, pull the center parachute cord to the middle and cut off all the other ends.


Then, use a lighter to seal off the loose ends.  This will basically melt everything together, sealing off the ends.  Pop the hex nut end on to cover it up.



Then, you’ll want to snip off the ends to taper the tassels.  Hold (or have a buddy) hold the necklace so that it can properly hang… then, leave the center one alone and taper the other ones.


Finish the necklace by sealing the ends of the end pieces with a lighter, and glue a small end cap on to each end, to finish things off.






P.S.  Out of everything Holst & Lee makes, this necklace is my favorite.  I just ordered the gold one (longer length).  Goes with everything and (in my opinion) the longer length is super slimming as the long lines draw the eye downward.

36 Responses to Designer DIY: Neon Tassle Necklace with Holst & Lee

  1. Kimberly May 10, 2013 at 6:34 am #

    Amazing DIY, Grace – you are so creative!

  2. Lucia May 10, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    Molto bello!

  3. Quinn Cooper May 10, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    Amazing necklace!
    Such a great DIY.
    Love this series you started.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  4. Rachelle May 10, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    their studio looks like a dream to me. Love making jewelry.


  5. Alyssa May 10, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    I wish I was this talented–these necklaces are AMAZING!

  6. Lauren May 10, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    so awesome… love this DIY! you should sell them in your etsy shop too.

  7. Daisy May 10, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    oh my love the neon pink tassels!

    & Pretty Things

  8. Stefanie // Life on the Squares May 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Ah I have been wanting you to do a Holst + Lee DIY for so long! I love it! Now if only I can do it…Have a great weekend : )

    xx, Stefanie

  9. Chelsea May 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Yay, more tassels! I’ve really enjoyed these last couple DIYS Grace. You look so fabulous and need one of those necklaces ASAP!

    Chelsea & The City

  10. Rach xo May 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    wow beautiful! a little more complicated than I can handle but awesome project!

  11. Chelsea May 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Awesome! Love those tassels. So fun for summer. Love love love. xo

  12. chelsie | chelsie, darling May 11, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    love the hot pink! i’m obsessing over that color right now.

    have a great weekend, grace! x

  13. victoria | vmac+cheese May 13, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    When I’m in NY, can I please come over and you teach me how to craft? This is just too good.

  14. Jordan - Queen of LA May 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    the hot pink… i am speechless. too good.

  15. Anna @ IHOD May 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    These are incredible Grace!

  16. Dana May 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    I can’t wait to share this with my daughter!! She will totally love it – amazing!

  17. Lauren (L.A. in the bay) May 28, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I MUST make this! Love it so much! And LOVE Holst & Lee!

  18. erin Taylor @ pocket Stylist June 4, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    omg I love this necklace. It is seriously killer!!! It would be perfect with just a simple white tank.

  19. Emily June 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    That necklace is gorgeous! You did such a good job with it–I might need some more DIY practice before I attempt :)

  20. greatrockmoon June 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Wow. Truly inspired. I love it!

  21. brynne koscianski October 7, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    What is the clasp/closure of the necklace?

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood October 7, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      it just ties in a bow to close!

  22. staci October 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Awesome tutorial! What size end cap did you use? What supplier did you order these from? Thank you!

  23. martina October 29, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    WOW!! i really love your necklace!!

  24. BluKatDesign February 2, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    These are fabulous! Love it!

  25. maylin April 26, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    How I can buy this necklace?
    Do you sell it..? thank you!

  26. Hapiness, Everywhere October 2, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    I want that supply closet!!!

  27. Sommer November 11, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    What type of coloured rope is this?

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood November 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm #



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