Halloween DIY: Gilded Goddess Statement Necklace


If you’ve ever wanted to realize your inner goddess, we have the first step to your transformation. This epic statement necklace features chunky pendants, chains in an assortment of sizes and shapes, and beautiful beaded trim. 
2 5/8” Bugle/Seed Beaded Fringe

1 1/4” Square Linked Chain

1 1/8” Metallic Circle Chain

Gold Sunflower Pendant

13mm Small Round Rope Chain


Jump Rings

Teardrop Pendant

Lobster Clasp


Wire Cutters


DSC_05531. Create a long necklace using your small round chain. Add a jump ring and lobster clasp to the back.

DSC_05582. Lay the necklace out in an oval. Place a piece of the square chain to the center. Connect the corners with jump rings. Attach the jump rings to smaller pieces of the small round chain.

DSC_05803. Take the larger round chain and attach pieces to each side.


4. Repeat step 3 with the small round chain.

DSC_05755. Add the teardrop pendants to the bottom on each side, and one on the top overlaying the square chain.

DSC_05716. Add the sunflower pendant to the bottom center.

DSC_05877. Cut a 5 inch piece of the beaded fringe. Fold over and glue each ribbon side together, then glue the ribbon to the back of the sunflower pendant so that only the fringe is exposed.

DSC_0588DSC_05908. Create a smaller fringe pieces doing the same process in step 7. This time add a hole in the center. Add a jump ring and attached on to each side next to the teardrop pendent in the center.


DIY: Button Necklace


We may be in the minority here, but we love cold weather! There is nothing better than curling up in a sweater while sipping hot cocoa. But bundling up in layers makes it pretty hard to show off those dainty jewelry pieces that were so popular in the summer. And forget about wearing any cute little layered bracelets because they’ll make pulling down those cardigan sleeves impossible! If you still want to accessorize your style this fall/winter, take the dramatic approach and make statement with a bold button necklace!

Button Statement Necklace Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

Thick felt

Jump rings

Small hole puncher

Scissor #40324

Needle #43224 & Thread #42681

16mm Striated Metal Chain #36953

Buttons We Used:

Metal Button w/ Dots #40810

2-Hole Ridge Metal Button #54964

King’s Crest Metal Blazer Button #57331

Animal Print Metal Button #48608

Cross SymbolBlazer Button #58403

Metal Fashion Button #23605

Hammered Metal Button #39747

4-Hole Metal Button #54965

Domed Buds Metal Button #36761

Antique Button w/ Shank #43672

Ornate Metal Button #49004

Metal Button w/ Shank and Floral Design #38726

Half Dome Lion Blazer Button #58811

Folding Felt in Half Button Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

1. Take your piece of felt, and fold it in half.

Cutting Felt for Button Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

2. Cut into a half-arc shape, making sure the folded edge of the felt stays intact.

Layout for Button Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

3. Unfold your felt, and lay out the buttons to create a pattern.

Sewing Button Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

4. Sew on each button. Some of the buttons are pretty heavy, so make sure you sew each button on a few times to ensure it will not fall off.

Cutting Felt for Button Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

5. There may be extra felt around your button pattern. You can either leave it, or trim around your buttons. Whatever you decide, make sure you leave some felt on the end of your necklace for your jump ring and chain!

Making Hole for Button Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

6. Using your hole punch, place a hole on each corner.

Attaching Jump Ring for Button Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

7. Attach the jump ring and chain. Repeat on other side.

Completed Button Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

Now that your necklace is done, wear it with any of your cold-weather attire for a bold and beautiful look!

Meredith & The New Yorkie’s DIY Statement Necklace


We have been inspired to create statement necklaces all week with our great assortment of chains, cords, and rhinestone trims.  And we are not the only ones!  Over at Meredith & Gwyneth, the New Yorkie, they created a DIY statement necklace using some of our supplies.  It looks amazing and is very simple to make, so make sure to check out their tutorial here!


DIY Punk Statement Necklace



After all the inspirational DIY statement necklaces we found on the web and during NYFW, we decided it was time to make one of our own!  A little glue and glitz really does go a long way!



2 ft of chain

1 ft of 5mm rhinestone trim

1 ft of 1/8″ sapphire rhinestone trim

1/2 ft of rhinestone spike trim


Interlock buckles (in store)


1.  Use your sticks for applying glue.


2.  Find the middle of your chain trim and line it up with the middle of your larger rhinestone trim.  Glue these together as depicted.


3.  Line up your blue rhinestone trim with the glued rhinestone trim and glue this on top of it.


4.  Line up your spiked trim with the middle of chain and glue it onto the bottom of the chain.


5.  Use your pliers to open the last links of your chain and add your buckle closures.  Close the links with your pliers.


6.  Let this dry for 2 hours and you’ve created a new standout piece for your jewelry collection!



DIY Inspiration: Statement Necklaces


We have a deep love for DIY necklaces here at M&J Trimming. The more chains, studs, and rhinestones, the better. With a large assortment of these products in our store, it’s only natural that we want to make our own!






DIY: Embellished Breastplate Necklace

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By Roseann

I recently became quite excited about this multi chain and chainmail combo and decided to incorporate it into this week’s project.  Inspired by Fiona Paxton’s jewelry this project is a bit more involved than some of my earlier posts, but with a little patience the result is stunning.  A lot of hand work is involved, but don’t let this intimidate you.  If you are really not interested in taking that plunge a similar look can be achieved by sewing together some embellished appliqués to mimic the breastplate.


  • 1 to1 ¼ yards multi chain, to purchase call 1-800-9-mjtrim
  • Metal sequins
  • Glass sew on jewels
  • Piallettes
  • Beading thread
  • Tulle, preferably a heavy one such as crinoline net
  • Scissors, hand needle, and needle nose pliers
  • Multi strand jewelry clasp
  • Jump rings, amount needed depends on your jewelry clasp


    1. Cut a piece of tulle 9”x 7”.
    1. Fold the tulle in thirds so that your piece now measures 3”x 7”.  If you are using cotton tulle you can use an iron to create firm creases, if you are working with nylon spray starch is best.
    2. Begin to embellish. I started with the glass sew on jewels and sort of placed them randomly.  Be sure you leave a ¼” around the sides of your soon to be breastplate.  I made the mistake of not doing so and attaching the chain was a little messy.
    3. I next added the large piallettes and then used the metal sequins to fill in.
    4. Decide where you would like the plate to sit.  Take a measurement around the neck and add 26” to accommodate the additional length of the breastplate and hanging ends.
    5. Divide this measurement in half and cut two pieces of the multi chain.
    6. Attach one side of the plate to the chain beginning 6” from the bottom.  I attached the chain by stitching it to the tulle through the chainmail pieces only.
    7. Attach your multi strand jewelry clasp to the chain using jump rings.
    8. Wear and enjoy