3 Nov

I have used some unusual materials for DIYs including black-eyed beans in a necklace but I have not used leather in a jewelry DIY yet. When I came across a piece of faux leather fabric, I thought I will give it a try. This DIY uses leather and gold chain to create a tiered or layered necklace with braiding and stud details. It was inspired by this beautiful handmade necklace from Anthropologie.


You’ll need:

  • Leather (two 15 x 1 inch pieces)
  • Gold Chain (three 16 inch pieces)
  • Gold Prong Studs (two)
  • Gold Jumprings (eight) & a Clasp
  • Pinch Crimps Cord Ends (two)
  • Jewelry Pliers & Scissors

Step 1: To braid the first piece of leather, split it into three equal parts leaving one-third of an inch at the end.

Step 2 & 3: Pass a jumpring through the rightmost part and braid four times. Add another jumpring to the new rightmost part and braid four times. Repeat it one more time so that there are three jumprings in total.

Step 4: Continue braiding till the end and cut off any uneven leather left at the end. Add one of the crimp cord ends to secure the braid.

Step 5: Repeat Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the second piece of leather. Only difference is to add the jumprings on the leftmost part.

Step 6: Align the jumpring ends of both the leather pieces and begin attaching the chain to the jumprings. I started with the bottom two jumprings and instead of folding the chain exactly in half to add to the jumprings on each side, I kept one of them longer. This gives a more layered look.

Step 7: Add the jumprings and the clasp to the other ends of the braided leather pieces.

Step 8: To give a more polished look, add prong studs on each end of the leather pieces where we began braiding.


And you have a handmade necklace perfect for dresses or casual tank tops. To create a new look, you can replace the leather with different colored cords and get a completely new necklace or you can also add the studs all along the braided piece instead of just at the ends. So many options to customize, happy DIY-ing! Follow along on Instagram or Pinterest to stay up to date on upcoming DIYs.


15 Sep


I am back from my long vacation in India. It was a wonderful summer break surrounded by family and friends I had not seen in a very long time. Now I am all ready to get back to work, DIYs and all other aspects of my Chicago life. I hope everyone had a lovely summer as well! Fall is almost here and this DIY will help you transition easily from summer to fall. I picked up this beautiful embroidered mesh fabric in India and I created a full midi skirt from it in this DIY. Since the mesh is very sheer, I wore a basic fitted short skirt underneath. I used a black one as I wanted the gold embroidery to stand out. I love the covered top and see-through bottom effect. I paired the skirt with a crop top here which is more spring/summer than fall but I have seen some fun ways to wear the same see-through midi on the fall 2014 runways. It seems like the midi is continuing to stay on trend for spring 2015 as well so this will be one very versatile DIY skirt!

Creating this full midi skirt is very simple as long as you take the waist and skirt length measurements correctly. I did not use any patterns to create it. The steps in this video tutorial are closest to how I created mine. I used faux leather for the waist band and along the zipper as it adds some structure to the light-weight mesh.


I can’t wait to wear it out one of these days and I will be sure to Instagram it when I do. Until next time, get your creative fix and stay HIGH on DIY!

All images by HIGHonDIY. Photo credits to my awesome brother, thank you.