DIY Hardware Jewelry

Lately, I've been a bit bored with my selection of accessories...but new jewelry just isn't in the budget. So, I decided to get creative and make some fun necklaces on my own, for super cheap. Each of these necklaces probably cost me under $2 each to make! When I went into the hardware store the other day, I was really surprised by how much I was inspired by everything they have in there - there are lots of bits and bobs that could easily be made into jewelry with just a few small changes. Since finishing these necklaces I've brainstormed a few more fun accessory DIYs using hardware, so look out for those on here in the future!
All you will need to do this is a few pieces of hardware, chains (or ribbon or whatever you want to use), paint, a paintbrush, and clear spray paint (not pictured). I would actually recommend using spray paint over regular craft paint if you can because it is much easier to use and seems to stick a bit better, but I had these craft paints on hand so I just used them.
Paint your hardware. You may have to do quite a few layers. Make sure you spray each piece with clear spray paint when you're done so they don't chip! String your pieces on to your chains and you're done!
I painted 2 different sizes of nuts that I can change around - I might try mixing and matching sizes as well!

While I was at it, I decided to try out this DIY from Yesterday's Sweetheart, using a piece of copper pipe. I think I might try and find a thicker chain for it eventually since this chain is a little too dainty, but I love this idea!

Well, that's it for now! Who woulda thought I'd be going to the hardware store instead of the craft store? - you can find inspiration in so many unexpected places. I'm excited to try more projects like this!

PS If anyone tries this DIY (or has done something similar), post a picture or link! I wanna see!


  1. These are so cute! I made some bracelets using smaller nuts as christmas gifts last year but I never thought of painting them. I love it.

  2. Wow this is an amazing idea!
    Thanks for sharing. I might try it,i have some old metal scraps laying around in my dresser.