DIY: Double Take - Tassel Necklace

On this blog, we have DIY's and Double Take's.  But today, we're getting crazy and mashing them together into one DIY DoubleTake

Brace yourselves.

My friend from work walked in the other day with a new necklace. One of those cute leather tassel necklaces that you see everywhere right now. Immediately, I thought, 

I could make that.

Then I learned that it was $78, and I decided I'm definitely going to make that. She had this one from Anthropologie:

My mom recently found this one at Banana Republic and i'ts the same story: On trend, high price tag.

The good news? You can make your own! And, it's easy! I promise. 

Don't let the lady at the bead store get you down. She will tell you this isn't a project for beginners, but just prove her wrong. I did. Let's get started...

I watched this quick video, and found it really helpful. I made some adjustments below:

Supplies:

  1. Piece of leather cut to 3.5" x 4", plus a little strip for the loop. You can find leather at any craft store. 
  2. Chain. I bought 35" and shortened to my liking at the end. You can find chain at a craft store, but a bead store has higher quality options
  3. E6000 glue. Craft Store. Can't live without this super glue on steroids.

How To:

  1. With your 4" sides running horizontal, measure 1/2" from the top of your leather, and use a ruler to draw a line (on the back side) all the way across. This is your fringe guide.
  2. Cut about 1/8" wide strips from the bottom, to your line.  Now you have a nice fringe.  Don't get distracted by the other craft possibilities of this fringe. 
  3. On one end of your fringe, glue your small strip of leather to make a loop. 
  4. Run a strip of glue along the top of your leather, all 4 inches.
  5. Begin rolling your leather, starting at the end with the loop.  Roll carefully, to the other end. Let dry. Tassel done!
  6. Using 2 pliers, open one link of chain, thread on your tassel.  Remove links to desired length. Close links, so you have one continuous chain.  This will be long enough to slip over your head without a clasp. 
  7. With excess chain, add a ring around the top of the tassel for fun.

TA-DA!

Originally, I was trying to re-create the Anthropologie necklace with antiqued gold toned hardware for my friend. That color is great this time of year with chunky knits. Then, I saw some awesome flexible strips of silver with a scalloped edge, and wanted to try a summery version for myself.  I think this will be awesome with a white tank or black maxi this summer.

What are your ideas? Other color combos? More beads?

Let me know in comments below!