Saturday, February 18, 2017

DIY Suede Lariat Necklace

I bought myself the sweetest necklace on Etsy to go with my faded denim shirt. It brings out the cowgirl in me :-)

I am not a button-down shirt kinda girl but I just love the look of a faded denim shirt with jeans, the front tucked in with a worn leather belt. You'll have to use your imagination on the tucked in with jeans part. This manny is so skinny that I couldn't get my jeans to stay up!!

The lariat style necklace is a hot trend right now and I especially like it in suede with beads.

When I find something new I love I immediately want to share it with my daughters and girlfriends. When it was about 5 days before my 60th birthday party, I had an AH HA moment. I could cover my daughters and girlfriends all in one shot. I made 18 of these necklaces as party favors for my sweet guests.

I went to good ole' Walmart for the supplies. They had real suede cording but it was either a large spool, more than I needed, or the pieces were cut too short. I opted for the faux suede that looks so real, I couldn't tell. It comes in four colors for about $4. The other colors that I used up are black and brown.

There weren't any beads that I liked at Walmart. I found the wooden beads and silver tone beads in packages at JoAnn's and after using my 40% off coupon, they too were very reasonably priced.

The supplies you will need:

faux or real cord with a length of 60"
assorted beads

Other helpful tools to have are:

a measuring stick or tape
an iron and ironing board

When you unravel the cord from the card, it is wrinkly. You will want to iron it out so that your necklace hangs right.

I measured a 60" length and then with a hot iron laying down, I just ran the cord under it and it smoothed the cord out perfectly.

It is just a matter of choosing your bead combination and stringing them on both ends and tying a knot in the cord. Depending on the size of the bead, you may have to tie a double knot. It is your preference whether you leave a long or short tag on the end of the knot.

It was fun to come up with 18 different different combinations of cord color and bead style. Because I waited till after my party to do this DIY, I don't have pictures of the others to show you!

Now that your lariat is made, you might want to know all the different ways you can wear it. It is quite a versatile necklace.

My favorite necklace right now and way to wear it is this black blingy beaded one. You just double the necklace first, then put it around your neck. Loop the loose end with the beads through the other end and it drapes down your neckline.

Here is the same style in a lighter color....

Or start by wrapping the necklace from the front to back, crisscrossing in the back and then bring both ends back around to the front.

I find that this style moves and ends up choking my neck! I have a solution! When you bring it around to the back, loop it in a loose knot and then bring back to the front. It helps it from slipping all day.

For a longer version, simply loosely tie it in front.

For a girly, cowgirl look, try this bow style....

...and if you don't mind things up around your neck, this is a funky way to wear it....

Just start in the back and wrap around twice, finishing in the front with a loop over.

I wear my necklaces with a variety of tops and styles. You will find that they go with a lot of your wardrobe.

They are easy, use minimum supplies and are inexpensive to make.

And once you make one, you will want one in every color!

AnnMarie xoxo

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Sweet Inspiration Link Party
Anything Goes Pink Saturday
Best of the Weekend
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  1. Those are very cute. They remind me of the bolo ties that men in the west often wear. I really like it tied in the bow-that's a cute look. xo Diana

  2. I love it! The beads you choose are quite pretty. I like the first display of how to wear it, classy.

    Enjoy the remainder of your weekend~

  3. My kids love these. Maybe I'll try one myself now...ready to wear or DIY! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  4. Love these. So simple, so stylish. Thanks for sharing. xo

  5. So cute Ann Marie! I don't like things by my neck so I would forego the last one but I would definitely try the other looks.


  6. Hi AnnMarie, this is a great necklace project. Love the look too and now I'd love to try creating a few. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
    Have a great week ahead. xo

  7. How special to bless your birthday guests with such a nice gift! Looks like they are quite easy to make, and fun to wear to dress up a simple denim look! :)

  8. Great project! Thanks for sharing! And thank you for visiting me for Pink Saturday!

    Chippy White Cottage Blessings,

  9. Oh my, what darling necklaces! I just love their unique look, my friend. I live in a ranch community where there are lots of western folks so these would be right up my alley :)

    Thank you for the lovely visit to my blog today. Have a wonderful week! Hugs!

  10. What a nice thing to make for your guests for party favors. It's nice to receive something made by someone you like.

  11. These are very appealing, AnnMarie. Have you thought of selling them at your booth? I bet they would go fast!


  12. What a cool idea, and so simple! Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. Ann Marie, I love your necklace. I might could even make this myself and not stress! LOL! Last time I tried tackling some jewelry making I was ready to throw in the towel and say a cuss word and I try really hard not to do that! The Lord sorta frowns at me for that kind of thing. LOL! Speaking of tucking your shirt in your belt....with your tiny frame...girl you could rock it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy
    P.S. Pinning this!

  14. Hi Anne Marie, thanks for sharing your pretty necklaces you made at C&C with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

  15. So many wonderful ways to wear your funky necklaces. How lovely to have received one of these as a party favors. Love all the different beads and just a little the vintage ruler.

  16. How fun AnnMarie! Love the simplicity of these necklaces, and that they are so customizable. The possibilities are endlesss!

  17. I'm giving these a try, AnnMarie, they are super fun. Your friends and family must have loved them.

  18. Those are just too cute!! And they look easy to make...hmmm, may have to try my hand at one...cuz you know here in Dallas, it's all about the western wear! :-) Love and hugs!!

  19. Really cute, AnnMarie! What a nice way to thank your party guests! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend!

  20. Super cute, I love this!! That's funny, I'm wearing my faded denim shirt right now with a leather necklace with a turquoise and silver pendant. I have it on with leggings and my frye riding boots, though, not tucked into jeans. It's crazy warm here today, it's nice to not be drowning in layers!

  21. Ann Marie, this is so cute! I actually have some suede that I picked up at a thrift thinking hubby and I could use it in scouting, but never did. I also bought an entire container of beads at our thrift shop for $4. Oh I wish I had the problem of being too skinny. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  22. These are so cute, AnnMarie! I love all the different ways to wear them, too. My favorite is the brown one with the silver beads - very South-West! These would look cute with turquoise and silver beads, too! Now I'm getting lots of ideas......thanks for sharing! xx Karen

  23. Love it tied in a bow!! Cute and quick craft idea - thanks for sharing

  24. I definitely want to try this! I think the style is so cute. ;)

  25. That's a great way to amp up that shirt you bought. You did a great job!

  26. Stopping by to say hi and thanks for your sweet comment today. I have enjoyed to read this post again as I really want to try and create a few of these for gifts. Have a great week. xo

  27. Great idea! I'll bet they all loved having one!

  28. Enjoy your new necklace, which looks great.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  29. Cute and very easy to make. Great buy.

  30. I am not a button down shirt kind of gal with but mainly because I am too big chested. What a wonderful easy craft. Will have to make this!

  31. Wow! This look really amazing design and idea you shared with us. Loved your post. Thanks a lot to share this post and information. braided bolo cord


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