So whilst I concede to being somewhat late to the party with this DIY project, I couldn’t resist making it for myself. With spring right around the corner (I hope), this Proenza Schouler necklace from their Resort 2011 collection will be a perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. It exudes a laid-back, hippy chic feel whilst making a bold fashion statement at the same time. Like I’ve said before – I’m a complete magpie, so this bright and colourful necklace was right up my street. Whilst I didn’t make the necklace with stones or crystals attached, they’d be easy enough to add on in the future, so now all I need is the weather to improve so I can rock this look down the beach!
It must be said that whilst the necklace is easy to make, it is also quite time consuming so definitely set aside an afternoon if you want to finish it all in one go.
What you need
- 1 Yard of bungee cord
- 1 Yard thick twisted rope – one colour (in this case I used pink)
- 1 Yard thick twisted rope – another colour (yellow)
- Minimum 4 yards of thinner rope in a variety of colours (I used a mix of neon pink and yellow)
**All purchased from a wonderful rope/ribbon shop on Yu Chau Street (Sham Shui Po)
- Hot Glue
- Cut two pieces of bungee cord (one 10 inches, the other 15 inches). Burn the ends with the lighter to prevent fraying
- Wrap the middle of the cordswith the thinner rope using the friendship knot technique (MASSIVE thank you to Honestly WTF!) Secure the ends with hot glue.
- Twist the thick twisted rope together to form the middle layer of the necklace, between the two bungee cords.
- Glue the ends of the bungee cords to the twisted rope so as to form 3 separate layers of the necklace.
- Wrap the thinner rope around the glued edges of the bungee cords so that the ends are completely covered. Secure with more hot glue.
- Wrap the centre of the twisted thick rope with the thinner rope (you can continue to use the friendship knot technique or just a basic wrapping technique).
My interpretation of the Proenza Schouler necklace was a bit more basic than the fantastic girls over at Honestly WTF, so definitely check out their website for a more detailed, slightly more complicated necklace DIY how-to. This was probably the most time consuming project I’ve taken on, however, it was all worth it. I’m already dying to head back to Sham Shui Po to pick up more cords, threads and ropes to make more of these beauties – they make absolutely perfect girlie gifts!