DIY: Fall Jewelry Knockoffs

I was scouting online and in mags for some pieces to add to my jewelry collection for fall. The pieces were awesome but not within my budget. Therefore, instead of a deep sigh and wishful thinking, I decided to take matters into my own hands….literally! Here are 3 very easy (I’m serious) and cheap jewelry DIYS. Modify and customize these to your liking. Enjoy!

Leather Ring Necklace
{My version}
  • Leather cord
  • Rings
  • Jewelry Closure Kit

The inspiration piece is $225 and is a choker. I made mine for about $5. As I mentioned earlier, customize this DIY to your liking. For example, instead of a choker with gold rings, I wanted a silver necklace.
  • First, decide your length and cut cord accordingly.
  • Simply thread the leather cord with rings—use smaller rings for a more delicate look or bigger ones for a chunky necklace.
  • Decide how you’d like to fasten the necklace. Use a clasp kit or even a knot will work.

Oyster Shell Bracelet
{via Me&RoJewelry.com}
Thanks appliedglamour for finding the pic!

{My version}
  • Cotton Cord
  • Shell Buttons

This inspiration bracelet cost $140, but mine was around $5. This was the easiest DIY I’ve ever done and the whole process took fewer than 5 minutes.
  • Decide how long you’d like your bracelet to be. Snip cord.
  • Thread button through cord.
  • To close the ends, use this knot with another button.

Morse Code Necklace

{via coattonline.com}
{my version}
  • Silk cord—I used thread because I had it on hand. Note: the thickness of the cord depends on the size of beads.
  • Beads in ball and tube shape
  • Morse Code

This is one my fave! And when I saw that these are originally $36, I knew I had to make my own. 
  • First, pick your beads. The thickness of the string, cord, etc. you want to use depends on those.
  • Next, plan out what your message—mine spells out “ILY” aka “I love you.” Names, dates, or initials are other ideas—just imagine making a necklace with your crush’s name or initials (as you’re standing there talking to them, secretly proclaiming your infatuation for your crush. Ok, that sounds kinda creepy/stalkerish, but you get the idea). Obviously, you don’t want a quote or something long (unless you’re really into a very, very long necklace!).
  • Thread your necklace. I like delicate, teeny things, so my necklace used small beads and thread.
  • Use whatever closure you’d like. 

Which one was your favorite? Would you try these DIYs? Have you ever made jewelry before? What message would your Morse Code Necklace say?


  1. All GREAT ideas! Perfect idea to add some new flair to the classics!

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  3. So cool! I love this. I would much rather make my own jewelry than pay some of the outrageous prices. I'm definitely bookmarking this for future use!

  4. Great diy tutorials! I haven't made my own jewelry in ages, but it sounds like a fun way to spend a few hours!

  5. Ooh, I LOVE the Oyster Shell Bracelet! :)

  6. I love your version of the leather ring necklace!


  7. I'm such a bad DIYer, but I really should practice more. Some of the jewelry I see seems so easy to replicate!

  8. Super cute! I love your version of the Morse Code Necklace more than the original!

  9. everything turned out so cool! i love that morse code necklase and am now going to have to make one!

  10. Ooooh love these! Will definitely try the oyster shell bracelet! P.S-loved your velcro roller how-to post, trying it this weekend!

  11. You did a great job on all this jewelry!


  12. Fabulous ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. I will definitely be trying out a couple of these!


  13. you are so creative! as soon as i saw DIY and jewelry i knew i had to check this one out.

    the oyster shell one looks almost the same as the original! i am excited to try these out now, especially the first.

  14. K I think I need to head back to the craft store. Love these ideas!

  15. Great DIYs! I'm not very crafty but love the idea of making my own jewelry! I definitely want to try some of these!

  16. You did such a great job on that jewelry!! I would never guess they were DIY projects!

    Stephanie (Big Mario Life)

  17. love your DIYs you're so talented :)
    wish I can make those bracelets too

    btw thanks for sharing your family story
    your grandfather sounds like an amazing person
    really respect what he did to help out Vietnamese women!

  18. my favorite would be the morse code necklace!!<3

    i also like the first one:3

  19. You're so crafty! :)

    Love the Morse code necklace!


  20. You're pretty inventive with these. I'm usually not one for DIY, but I think I can make a lot of stuff with buying one set of supplies. Thanks for the idea.


  21. hey i'm back, i totally just made the first one! haha i used gold rings. i will probably post a picture on my blog soon.

    i really wanted to make the morse code one too but the craft store i went to didn't have any tube beads :( i even asked an associate haha. still on the lookout though!

  22. OK, you are so crafty! You should be making these for a giveaway too! You have a knack for making pretty things;)



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