DIY Proenza Schouler Scroll Necklace

Were you blown away by Proenza Schouler‘s entire Fall 2011 Collection as much as we were? The juxtaposition of digitalized and geometric Native American inspired prints with decorative, Victorian-like statement necklaces was all kinds of genius. And of course, the jewelry had the wheels in our DIY minds spinning ever since. Erica of PS I Made This recently made a beautiful version of Proenza Schouler’s scroll necklace in white and today, we’re tackling a version in black . . . it’s all about the yin and the yang, right?

 

You’ll need:

The hardest part of this project is finding decorative mouldings that are small enough to use. A solution is to buy a large moulding and use an x-acto knife to carve out small parts. Usually, the wood used to make decorative mouldings is super light so it can be easily broken away after carving a few lines. Use sandpaper or an emory board to file the edges smooth. Lay all the pieces out on a table for placement. Mark each connecting area with a pen, making sure the markings are symmetrical.

Lay the mouldings on a wooden block and carefully drill holes through each marking. File away any rough edges and brush away any leftover dust.

In a well ventilated area, spray an even coat of flat black paint over the mouldings and charms. Apply a second and third coat if necessary. Let them dry completely.

Connect each piece with a jump ring using the pliers. Finish off the necklace with either 2 pieces of chain and a clasp or some ribbon.

Your Proenza Schouler inspired necklace is finished!

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(top image from here, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)

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105 Comments

  1. Jess wrote:

    You guys are truly amazing!

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  2. micaela wrote:

    I love this thanks for another great post!!

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  3. Belly b wrote:

    Amazing!!!!! Sooo gorgeous, I would’ve never though of this!

    Belly B 🙂

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  4. This is huge!!! ♥

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  5. This DIY is amazing. Definitely bookmarking it.

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  6. Katie wrote:

    This is fantastic, what a great DIY! xo

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  7. shu wrote:

    inspired me 🙂 nice

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  8. Seriously amazing, though I don’t know if I possess the crafty skill set to create it. =)
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  9. Sara wrote:

    Great job, great necklace. Always love the DIY’s!

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  10. This is absolutely amazing, adding to my very long DIY list (which includes a high number of Honestly WTF DIYs, haha)

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  11. Mona wrote:

    It is so beutiful! I love it!!

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  12. Shelby wrote:

    i told you on twitter but i had to reiterate here… i just love this idea and can’t wait to make one myself. using decorative moulding and chandelier crystals is a genius idea that i like more than Erica’s clay (i’m impatient and short on time so all short cuts are appreciated! haha). i love you guys <3shelby

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  13. It is amazing! Loved it!
    Have a nice day!
    Xoxo
    Susie
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  14. This is too freakin cool!!! I would love to try it in neon. Will link if I do try. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial again! This is very inspiring!!
    xx
    maya

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  15. So gorgeous, you are amazing!

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  16. umm, amazing! you guys have outdone yourselves!!!

    xx
    grace

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  17. blondehaus wrote:

    This seems a little intense but I really want to try it with some other shapes and patterns.

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  18. Ambyr wrote:

    This is sweet. I love the random moldings she used, so creative!

    xoxo
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  19. Sophie wrote:
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  20. Aneirys wrote:

    This is so awesome, it looks very professional!

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  21. Lily S. wrote:

    i simply cannot get enough of your DIY projects! And this one does not disappoint!

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  22. wow, this is really amazing and special. great job, thanks for sharing!!!

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    xo

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  23. Another brilliant DIY project!
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  24. zee wrote:

    That looks SO good! Gotta make one soon…

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  25. Shona wrote:

    Wow! That is really awesome! thanks so much for sharing!

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  26. Mallory wrote:

    I know what I am attempting this weekend! this is awesome! SO CUTE!

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  27. grace wrote:

    incredible! 🙂

    -grace

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  28. MalanB™ wrote:

    This looks fabulous! Great DIY project

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  29. THIS IS GREAT!! ya’ll ladies did a good job with this DIY!!

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  30. Anna wrote:

    this is wonderful!!!! The process is “easy” for me…what I don’t know is where I’ll find the materials!!

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  31. Caitlin wrote:

    This is a show-stopping DIY. I can’t believe how beautifully it turned out. The detailed instructions make it so approachable and the pictures are so helpful. Thanks for a great DIY.

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  32. Lia wrote:

    This is beautiful! I have a bunch of DIY wrapped necklaces that remind me a lot of this one. Click on my name to check out my creations!

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  33. Jacqueline wrote:

    Looks great!

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  34. Florence wrote:

    Absolutely AMAZING!!!! Best DIY EVER! Lots of love from Argentina!!!

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  35. Christina wrote:

    Wow! Amazing. I love it so much! -C.C.

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  36. Raheli wrote:

    OUTSTANDING!
    I like your design better than the original In fact,. I think I like all your DIYs better than the originals!

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  37. Anita wrote:

    Insane! I love it. You guys rock!

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  38. Jessie wrote:

    who doesn’t want to make proenza at home? i know i sure do. this is a fabulous necklace and DIY.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com

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  39. diana wrote:

    nice necklace, so creative like always.

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  40. Grace wrote:

    yes, I LOVE this DIY!

    xx Grace
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  41. Fabulous! I love it!

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  42. Carrie wrote:

    im not kidding when i say i have the EXACT wood moldings and have been looking for a crafty way to use them. So excited!

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  43. Celia wrote:

    You girls blow my mind!

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  44. PERFECTION.

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  45. Sam wrote:

    I love Proenza Schouler‘s accessories and I love how easy to diy they are, the designs are sort of generous in that way… excellent tutorial

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  46. Fabiana M. wrote:

    Hey guys,
    I totally dig you DIY tutorials. This PS necklace is awesome!
    Could you please make up something fierce with satin ribbons? It is so uncool and I have tons of it.
    xx,
    Fabi

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  47. I’m still drooling over your necklace. I was just wondering if one could use the same idea and make Prada-like baroque glasses?… Spraypaint scroll molding and glue it to the frame?
    xx
    maya

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  48. Chelsei wrote:

    That is some kind of badass.

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  49. AzaharaJS wrote:

    He! wow, is amazing, you are a artist.
    kisses
    AJS

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  50. WOW!I REALLY LOVE IT, I HAVE TO DO THIS NECKLACE!!!
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  51. OMG! it turned out amazing! waaay better than i thought it could.
    you are genial!

    agnes

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  52. Alex wrote:

    OMG, STUNNING!

    I just HAVE to try this out, next time I go into town I’m having a good look around for pieces to make a necklace just like this. Well done guys!

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  53. Nazli wrote:

    this is amazing!
    great post!

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  54. Sara wrote:

    Love this so much more than the original! I like that the chandelier crystals give it another dimension and let it play with light a little bit. Kudos on another genius diy!

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  55. It looks amazing!

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  56. Genius! I’d love to try it this weekend!! This is way too cool!!

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  57. january wrote:

    you are geniuses.
    january, x
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  58. teensleuth wrote:

    Honestly, this is the best one yet! This is so boss.

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  59. Sara wrote:

    cool stuff! always love your DIY projects!
    x
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  60. Daniela Tabois wrote:

    Wow! That looks great!!!

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  61. Haute Chocolate wrote:

    SERIOUSLY!!! this is effing sweet 🙂

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  62. This is really awesome.. i find those pieces near my house in a wood store and collect others as well. Now i will make a good one as well. Thanks its creative.
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  63. EdgyCuts wrote:

    ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!! Thanks for the thorough step-by-step!
    I am making this myself. Hope to be ready in a week – then you can see the result on my blog ww.edgycuts.blogspot.com

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  64. Stylocrat wrote:

    This is so awesome!!

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  65. Arissa wrote:

    Truly amazing!!! Would love to attempt this when I find the right materials.

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  66. WOW!! That is awesome and it’s so simple!! What a great idea.

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  67. xavier agundez wrote:

    Love this suggestion. I work in designer jewelry and sold this piece to a customer from Beverly Hills. A real designer look.

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  68. Beautiful!

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  69. cenaslim wrote:

    Very Very wonderful!

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  70. PowerMax wrote:

    WOW that is just awesome! I wanan do one 😛

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  71. marcio wrote:

    bom

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  73. ABI wrote:

    Love it! 😀

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  74. Juju wrote:
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  76. Dey wrote:

    That is awesome and it’s so simple!! What a great . idea

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  77. Andre wrote:

    Truly amazing!!! Would love to attempt this when I find the right materials.

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  78. Lorene wrote:

    OMG! it turned out amazing! waaay better than i thought it could.
    you are genial!

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  79. Adolfo wrote:

    BSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!! Thanks for the thorough step-by-step!

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  80. Xaia wrote:

    SERIOUSLY!!! this is effing sweet

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  81. Ulisses wrote:

    Honestly, this is the best one yet! This is so boss

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  82. Maira wrote:

    WOW!! That is awesome and it’s so simple!! What a great idea.

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  83. Denise wrote:

    I noticed the wooden pieces are different colors. I was able to find/purchase one of the larger pieces that matched what you had (the lighter wooden pieces there), but couldn’t find anything similar to match the darker wooden pieces. Can you perhaps direct me to a link as to which large ornamental moulding you used?? Thank you so much.

    Also, how did you figure out how big to make the necklace?? Meaning, how did anyone figure out how big the original was??

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    • Erica wrote:

      @Denise, I went to my local Lowe’s and Home Depot to find both types of mouldings. You can probably find them in most hardware stores, if not online. Here is a link to the original necklace – pretty close in scale to the one I made.

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  84. LOVE this! It’s easy, too!
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  85. What a wonderful necklace that you made…. awesome!!!

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  86. Matlag wrote:

    What are retail and wholesale prices? Nice gems ruby sapphire

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