DIY Lariat Necklace

March 2, 2015

I think it’s pretty safe to say I have an obsession with layering necklaces.  I have too many to layer at one time, but hey, a girl needs options right!?  My go to spot for pieces is Revolve.  I was inspired by this necklace, but was uninspired by the price tag.

Then I remembered that awhile back, I went through a jewelry making phase and bought a ton of rose gold chain and beads.  The problem with my jewelry making phase was that I am not very good at making jewelry, so the majority of my supplies went untouched for quite some time.

Well, if at first you don’t succeed try try again.  So this time, I gathered my patience and gave jewelry making another whirl.  I’m glad I gave myself another chance, because I’d say this necklace turned out pretty stellar, but was definitely the hardest project to photograph ever!  My camera did not like finding the gold against the white, so I apologize for the horrible photos!


  • 1.3 x 1.9 mm flat cable chain (the smaller the mm the better, this shop has a ton of options – I love this!)
  • 2 double sided “connector pendants” (this is the cross I used, and this is the lariat piece.  Love this, this, and this too!)
  • small pliers and a wire cutter (or this kit)
  • 1 small jump ring
  • 1 clasp set

Step 1: Start by attaching one end of the cross (or whatever charm you’re using) to the end of the chain.

Step 2: Measure the length you want the necklace part to be by wrapping the cross/chain around your neck.  Once you’ve found the sweet spot, cut the chain to the desired length.

Step 3: Attach the loose end of the cut chain to the other side of the cross.

Step 4: Decide where you want the necklace to clasp, and then cut.  I wanted the cross to sit higher up on the collar bone, so I cut the two sides of the chain unequal lengths.  After you cut, attach the clasp set.

Step 5: Attach the second pendant to the loose end of the remaining chain.  Measure the length you’d like the lariat part to be, and cut.

Step 6: Use a jump clasp to attach the lariat piece to the necklace part, and that’s it!!

Next up: some druzy action and maybe a few rosary inspired pieces!  Be forewarned – this has once again ignited my jewelry making phase, so be prepared for more tutorials!

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    • Hi there! I used a small jump ring to attach the chain. The cross bead had a metal ring attached so that I could open a jump ring up and attach it to the chain. I hope I am explaining that clearly! : )

  1. I absolutely LOVE this necklace! I used to attempt to make jewelry too, but I never invested in the correct tools, or good materials. Needless to say, everything looked terrible, so I quit. Haha! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next! You might have your own line of jewelry soon!!