DIY faux twisted pearl necklace

A couple months ago, I won a lot of jewelry from eBay that included a ton of stuff, as well as some cheap plastic beads. I paid $20 for the lot, so I’m sure the person just threw them in there to get some junk out of her house…well played, eBay seller…well played.

I was trying to figure out what to do with them and one night twisted them up mindlessly while I was watching tv. I realized it would make a pretty DIY necklace if only the doubled over, twisted beads would fit around my neck….

An idea was born!

DIY Necklace with Pearls

What you’ll need for DIY necklace with twisted pearls:

  • spray paint (I choose this bronze/rose gold-ish color for fall)
  • two sets of plastic beads (like the Mardi Gras kind)(but don’t flash anybody for them…buy them in the store or steal them at the next football game you attend)(I mean, you can flash if you want to. I don’t judge.)
  • necklace chain
  • jump rings in various sizes
  • clasp
  • needle nose pliers
  • glue gun
  • patience
  • pretty good fine motor skills
I bought my necklace chain/clasp combo and the jump rings for my DIY necklace twisted pearl at Walmart for about $5 total, but you can find them at Michaels, Target, or anywhere with a craft section.
I spray painted the beads first. After they dried, I twisted them together by holding the ends and turning each side. The next step is attaching the jump rings to the beads. You’ll need three for each side — two larger sized ones and one smaller (to connect the beads to the chain.) On each end, attach one larger jump ring to each strand of beads. Take the third smaller jump ring and attach the other two jump rings together. It will look like this when you’re done:
Do the same for the other side.
Now, measure the chain to the length you want it for your twisted pearl DIY necklace. Mine was about six inches (three on each side of the clasp), but you could make it longer or shorter depending on where you want your necklace to fall. Attach the clasp to each side of the chain. Here is a tutorial on how to open and close jump rings, in case you’re not familiar .
My DIY necklace started untwisting, so I put a dab of hot glue in between the layers in several places. I added one extra coat of spray paint after I was done and the hot glue “dots” looked just like more pearls.
I’m really tickled with how this turned out, especially since I’ve found smilar necklaces online for upwards of $80! This twisted pearl DIY necklace tutorial proves that you can have awesome accessories without spending a fortune.

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