DIY Crystal Pendant Necklace

There’s nothing quite as marvelous and essential as costume jewelry – especially when it borders on ‘over the top’ with exorbitant amounts of sparkle and shine. As I always like to say: more is more is more. So how can one possibly turn down the opportunity to customize their very own show-stopping, Verdura-inspired crystal pendant necklace!? Not I. Bling it on.

You’ll need:

Start by squeezing a dollop of glue onto a wooden spoon. Use a little wooden dowel or toothpick and apply a generous amount of glue to the back of the largest rhinestone. I like to apply adhesives using this efficient and messy-less method instead of applying glue directly from the bottle.

Glue the larger rhinestones onto the felt, working from the center out. I personally like to keep the pattern symmetrical.

Continue adding smaller crystals and rhinestones to the pattern. The tweezers may come in handy for the smaller pieces and harder to reach areas.

Once the shape is complete, add the brooch or button to the center with more glue.

Allow to dry for a couple of hours. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut around the pendant, leaving about two millimeters of space around the perimeter.

Find a place to leave extra space at the top, on either side, to attach the chain. Using a hole punch, pierce two small holes into the corners of the felt.

Open the jump rings with the piers, attach the felt and then close it around the end of the chain. Repeat on the opposite side. If the pendant is too heavy and the felt holes are pulling too much, adding grommets is a quick fix.

And . . . you’re finished with your crystal pendant necklace.

Bling bling!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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99 Comments

  1. You did a beautiful job!
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  2. Tabetha wrote:

    Ooohhh shinies!! Very 80’s rap-tastic, love it!

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  3. izzy wrote:

    RIDICULOUSLY CREATIVE

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  4. Love it! Great job!

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  5. Incredible DIY!!!! love it! xo, Alma
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  6. LOVE THIS!!!!

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  7. Elena wrote:

    Good job.
    I love it.
    With not much money, an incredible necklace
    BR
    Elena

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  8. EmerJa wrote:

    WOW!! Once again, an amazing DIY:)

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  9. Andrea wrote:

    it looks gorgeous! i have to try it soon 🙂

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  11. angelessya wrote:

    This is a great DIY a bit over the top but it’s look amazing!
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  12. jenny wrote:

    you guys have the best DIYs. so well done and easy to follow. thanks 🙂

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  13. cute but looks tedious.

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  14. This is amazing – I LOVE!!!

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  15. Wore Out wrote:

    This is such a fabulous and it lends the perfect level of sparkle to your denim shirt. I will be trying this DIY soon!

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  16. Carol wrote:

    I looved it ♥ !!
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  17. Louise wrote:

    Love it

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  18. Meelena L wrote:

    this is gorgeous!

    xx
    Meelena

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  19. roma wrote:

    I love it!!!! 🙂 Something I’d love to wear…for sure! 🙂

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  20. dorylyn wrote:

    beautiful!

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  21. DC2NY wrote:

    Gorgeous chunky piece! Definitely hits a statement category. Great work. 🙂

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  22. brilliant!

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  23. Mira wrote:

    Damn I wish I were so creative!!! Love your awesome necklace 😀
    xo

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  24. Danisha wrote:

    Hooooo Never thought of doing that, excellent!

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  25. Malak wrote:
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  26. Nancy wrote:

    WOOWWW! Going to eat a lot of popsicles now 😉

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  27. Wow, what a statement! Looks like a fun project 🙂

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  28. Floortje wrote:

    Love this DIY!

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  29. Rachel wrote:

    This necklace is gorgeous! Statement necklaces are my favorite accessory. I’m definitely going to try this! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. Aidiel Bu wrote:
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  31. Grieg wrote:

    i love your work!
    i think that you are very talented and creative, i didn’t think that it is this easy to make a beautiful neck less,
    just love it!

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  32. Jurgita wrote:

    Love DIY section! so creative!

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  33. beyond amazing, the DIYS on here are always so fabulous.

    Collections

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  34. Natasha wrote:

    OMG! I LOVE IT! I always see your DIYs and just love them on the page, but this one I gotta try! Could you pleeeeease tell me where you get the rhinestones from? I checked at my craft store and they only had the kiddy rainbow ones for scrapbooking.

    9.19.12
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  35. Aldos wrote:

    Very inspirative 🙂

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  36. caroline wrote:

    ahh this is so awesome. any idea how much all of the materials cost?

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  37. Tanya wrote:

    How gorgeous, cant believe its stuck together with icecream sticks haha, its beautiful, well done xx

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  38. Applepiebeauty wrote:

    I’m Lovin ist!!! It’s sooo beautyful!! Very Amazing

    9.20.12
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  39. Namrata wrote:

    I am always looking forward to your DIYs. Very trendy and a lot of fun! I am a DIYer myself, but yours are awesome!

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  40. Stephanie S. wrote:

    Unbelievable necklace. Just fantatic. Words can not decripe it. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. po wrote:

    Really nice, I’ll try some day!

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  42. Nadja wrote:

    OMG!!! how great!!! love this one! habe to try it myself just today! thank you somuch!!

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  43. Natasha wrote:

    That is beautiful. Now I realise felt is the secret to keeping the diamantes together on a neat but discreet base 😉 I will try this out soon.

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  44. Magdalena wrote:
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  45. rotem wrote:

    so beautiful♥ !! maybe the next diy you can show as how to do a chain collar as Zara’s example ?:)

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  46. rotem wrote:

    so beautiful !! maybe the next diy you can show as how to do a chain collar as Zara’s example ?:)

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  47. osaid wrote:

    lovely ideas.. thanks for sharing..

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  48. That looks SO gorgeous!!! Love your DIYs, they’re always so fun!

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  49. Great DIY!

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  50. Danielle wrote:

    such a cool idea! i love it 🙂

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  51. OMG what you did is amazing! I can’t believe you actually did it!

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  52. Denysia wrote:

    OMG! This necklace is amazing! I’m going to go out and make my own this weekend! Thank you for the great idea!

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  53. MoofieMei wrote:

    Great idea! I was wondering though, is it possible to just directly pin the brooch or button from the beginning and then glue the stones according to the design of the center piece? That way it’ll be much lighter and we can save the stones for other projects!

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    my DIYs ——-> http://www.facebook.com/doneGK

    like plz:)

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    Fantastic:)

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  57. sarah wrote:

    i love this so much!!!

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  58. a random crafter wrote:

    How long does this take aprox.?

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  59. Fants wrote:

    Wowww.. this is by far the most beautiful DIY necklace i have seen on the internet…u did a fantastic job!

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  60. James wrote:

    I love this. Do you have any Ideas for mens?

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  61. Candy wrote:

    I really really love this necklaces they are so amazing ,

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  62. Julie wrote:

    Where did you get those jewels? It is marvelous!!!!!
    I really want to try one for myself and friends..

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  63. Grace wrote:

    Amazing! I cant wait to try it out.

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  64. Jessica wrote:

    Gorgeous. I want to steal this idea for some earrings 🙂

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  65. Paula wrote:

    absolutely gorgeous! you are gifted!
    I love this blog so much!

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    I sooo love the uber bling effect of this necklace. I actually remember Beyonce wore this in one of her red carpet moments! I love how this DIY article showed the steps on how to arrange the gorgeous glass stones! I especially love learning things which I can later sell. 🙂 I am also enrolled in a series of jewelry making classes here in South San Francisco, Dragonfly Designs (http://www.jewelrybydfly.com). They taught me how to do copper etching, enameling, stamping and dapping, bead stringing, wire work, resin pendants, finger knitting and hair jewelry!

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