August 26th, 2014


DIY: J.Crew inspired Statement Necklace.


A while ago, I stumbled upon this really cool statement necklace at J.Crew. I’m always fascinated by how things are made and realized that the rope portion of the necklace could easily be assembled using some rope and either ribbon or metallic tape to close it off into a figure eight shape. Once I had that in my head, I needed to make my own little version. I used a brooch for the centerpiece, and what’s fun about that is that you can swap it out for a different one (or multiple brooches, if they’re smaller..) I’ve got a few vintage pieces I’m dying to try this out with! Although there are quite a few steps to making this, I promise… it’s really easy. Give it a try!

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In case you need a refresher from the video, here are the steps..

  1. Cut two pieces of chain, each about 8″ long.
  2. Cut two pieces of rope, each about 6-7″ long.
  3. For each piece of chain, thread a piece of rope through one end.
  4. Form a loop, securing in the middle with hot glue as pictured.
  5. Use grosgrain ribbon + more glue to neatly seal off the middle of each loop, forming a figure eight.
  6. Grab your scrap of fabric, and trace the outline of your brooch.
  7. Cut out the outline, and seal with fray check.
  8. Cut out two long skinny strips of fabric.
  9. Use the long strips of fabric to attach the larger piece of fabric to the rope figure eights as pictured.
  10. Press to set, and attach your brooch.
  11. Add a clasp to one side, and a jump ring to the other and you are all done.



video + photography by Giafrese.

18 Responses to DIY: J.Crew inspired Statement Necklace.

  1. Heidi August 26, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Great tutorial! Definitely subscribing to your channel.

  2. Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl August 26, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Look at your fancy little DIY project! Such a great necklace!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  3. Michele Tattoli August 26, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Super cute! Wish I was that creative.. ;-)


  4. J August 26, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    What an awesome tutorial!

  5. Megan // @fyeahblog August 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    I don’t frequent YouTube, but I have a feeling that’s going to change. Awesome video, Grace!

  6. Amy Havins August 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    This is so great!! xx


  7. Missy On Madison August 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    So pretty! Fab job Grace!

  8. Hapiness, Everywhere August 29, 2014 at 5:35 am #

    Great project!- love all your rhinestone projects :) I was just wondering why you chose to use a glue gun instead of E6000? I’ve tried glue guns a couple of times but I find they never seem to stick as well :) (or :(?)

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace Atwood August 29, 2014 at 11:37 am #

      Hi! So, to be perfectly honest, I used the glue gun because it’s easier when shooting video… waiting for E600 to dry is really hard when shooting! I usually use E6000 for nearly everything. That said, I’ve found that when gluing fabric or softer items together (vs. hard items like rhinestones + metal) glue guns hold perfectly fine! It’s more of a problem when gluing hard items together… at least in my experience!

      • Hapiness, Everywhere September 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

        Thanks for sharing your experience :) agreed about e3600! I have used 401 instead sometimes because it dries so much more quickly! Will take note about the soft/ hard items for glue guns :) ps e3600 does smell bad tho! :(

  9. Nicole Baker-Wagner (@midnightpretty) August 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Wow, your tutorial is so great! I’m sharing on twitter today. Thanks for the lesson. I’ll be coming back for sure to check out more of your blog.

  10. Cathleen August 30, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    I’ve made several of your DIYs, and I’ll be making this for sure!


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