I just noticed that I seem to go on jewelry and accessory making kicks in January and February. I think it’s because they are nice easy projects when it’s too cold for outside DIYs. I dug out a pair of earrings I never ended up wearing and turned them into a stylish waterfall necklace.
I bought these earrings in a fit of Kohl’s Cash panic. Has that ever happened to you? You have $10 of Kohl’s Cash to spend THAT DAY or it’s going to expire, but you don’t really want to spend any of your own money, so you end up frantically rushing around the store looking for anything that costs $10 or less (sale price, obviously, because everything at Kohl’s is always “on sale”). Kohl’s Cash is the only reason I own store-bought earrings and scarves.
Anyway, I thought these earrings were edgy and rock and roll, and it wasn’t until I got home that I realized edgy, rock and roll earrings look sort of out of place at church – which is the only place I ever wear earrings. A jewelry refashion was in order.
Watch this short video to see how I turned these earrings into two different necklaces, or scroll down for the step-out photos. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more fun videos like this!
I took apart each earring and saved all the pieces. I thought the chain pieces would work well for a necklace pendant. The earring posts I could save for another project!
If you have old necklace chains that you don’t use, you would easily use them for your own version of this project. Just cut the chains into 1 1/2 to 2 inch lengths and add jump rings to one end of each piece.
Initially I tried to put all the chain pieces on one jump ring, but they didn’t fit. I put half of the chains on one and half on another, and then I put those two jump rings onto a center ring.
I threaded that center jump ring onto a circle necklace that I had on hand. I think this pendant would also look nice on a 32” or 34” chain, so I am keeping a look out for them at thrift stores.
To turn the chains into a waterfall necklace, I just have to remove the chains from the jump rings and thread each of them onto the necklace. Altogether, I ended up with two fun necklaces out of a set of impulse-buy earrings that were just gathering dust in a drawer. You can find all the rest of my DIY accessory projects in this project gallery.