Just type ‘gold shell necklace’ into google and you’ll see the biggest jewelry trend for spring is the return of a 90’s favorite. Instead of paying over $400 to take part in the trend, DIY a gold cowrie shell necklace yourself for less than $20 and a whole lot of bragging rights. Due to the nature of the cowrie shell, this DIY is super easy… and fair warning, addictive. After making one you will want to personalize one for all your friends, so get creative using different color cords and spacer beads to make each one unique!
DIY Gold Cowrie Shell Necklace
What You Need:
- Natural Cut Cowrie Shells
- Gold Spray Paint
- Bead cord or twine; have fun with colors here!
- Spacer beads (optional); if you use spacer beads be sure to look for ones with large holes to fit the cord twice
- Large Eye Tapestry Needles; to make threading the twine MUCH easier
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Lay out 15-20 shells to be spray painted in a well ventilated area. Spray one side of shells following directions on can and let air dry. Flip over and repeat. Do this a few times to make sure the shells are covered completely and let air dry COMPLETELY before continuing work. Note that some lotions and creams on your wrist or neck can remove the paint if the paint is not completely dry!
Step 2: Cut roughly 36″ of the twine (for choker length. Should be long enough to fold in half and wrap around your neck with at least 4″ extra on both ends. If you want your necklace to sit lower than a choker measure a longer length). Fold the cord in half and make a knot on one end, about 3-4″ from the end loop.
Step 3: Thread one tapestry needle on each end of the cord. Using a folded piece of tape can help with this.
Step 4: Begin weaving the cords over and under the cut shells, in order to secure them between the two cords.
Step 5: Thread both ends through a spacer bead, and pull securely. Repeat.
Step 6: Continue to weave and secure each bead until you get to your desired length. Knot the remaining strings at the end leaving another 4″ of length, to tie the 2 ends together when wearing. You’re done!
If you’re feeling extra crafty- wrap one on a thin gold chain and wear both necklaces together for a layered look!