The moment we saw designer Nicole Akong‘s dramatically colorful jewelry collection, Conquistadora, we were smitten. Honestly, what’s not to love about these ethnic and tribal inspired pom pom necklaces? And how can we resist figuring out how these beauties were made? With just a few feet of cording, trimming, and chain, we’ll show how you can DIY your own Akong-inspired necklace!

You’ll need:

Start by attaching the chain to the outer edge of the pom pom trim with the jump rings. If you are using cable chain, connect a jump ring through every other link. If you are using cable chain, connect a jump ring though each link.

Once the entire length of the chain is attached to the pom pom trim, thread the cord through each jump ring.

Pick up each end of the cord and the chain will naturally fall on top of the pom pom trim. Center the pom pom and chain portion. You’ll need to attach this portion to the cord to prevent it from sliding. Add another jump ring to the first link of the chain and pierce it through the cord. Do the same with the last link.

Your new pom pom necklace is finished!!

Experiment by adding more chain, attaching different sized jump rings or using a variety of colored cord! Have fun!

(top image from Style.com, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)