DIY Shell Necklace

Hi lovelies!  When I first spotted this Aurelie Bidermann necklace, I knew I had to make it, it’s a match made in DIY heaven, and so easy and perfect for summer!

You’ll need:

  • Shells (you can buy them in the beading aisle at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, or you can use a shell lei from a thrift store!)
  • 5 nail polish colors
  • 4 coordinating colors of embroidery floss (I used 2 main colors and 2 that were slight variations)
  • Tan suede cord
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Cut your shell lei and pick 5 of the shells to use.

Paint them with nail polish.  I used two coats on each side, and left room around the ‘teeth’ on the back open.

While they’re drying, cut a piece of suede cord about 36″ long.

Fold it in half, and use a pen to make a mark at 6″ away from the center on both ends.

Cut one strand of each floss, about an armspan wide.

Tie one end to your suede cord, knotting it at your pen mark.

Begin wrapping your floss around the cord and the other three strands of floss.  I wrapped each color about 3 times, and alternated in a pattern that way.

When you reach the other pen mark, knot the floss and trim the excess.  Secure your knot with a little drop of clear nail polish if you’d like.

Use your scrap floss to tie on the first shell to a coordinating color so the floss blends in.  Secure the knot with clear nail polish.

Repeat for the other four shells.  See how the ‘teeth’ are left bare?  You can wear it this way…

Or this!  So easy and fun, this is such a great summery statement necklace.  I love it with my ‘uniform’: a v-neck t-shirt and some denim cutoffs!  How would you wear it?

Hugs and thanks to Lia from Smart n Snazzy for this killer DIY! Who’s ready to get some supplies!?! And make sure you pay a visit to Lia’s site for more DIY goodness!

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