When I go shopping at the mall, I don't just look for items I can wear as is. I look through clearance sections for items that I can repurpose, update, or easily fix. I love it when I find a dress that has a broken strap or a missing button. I can fix that in no time and get a great deal.
Sometimes it can be a better deal to buy an item and dissect than to go buy the supplies at a craft store. Last week, I went to Rue 21 and found a heavy gold chain bracelet for only $2. The only problem was it was way too big for my wrist. I simply removed the lobster clasp and repurposed the chain to make a necklace:
1. Gather your supplies: chain, jewelry cord, scissors, and a ruler.
2. Cut six strands of jewelry cord. I made each of my cords 34 inches long.
3. Fold three of the cords in half and feed these loops through one end of your chain.
4. Bring the tail ends of the cords through the cord loop and pull tightly.
5. Due to the loop, you will have 6 pieces of cord to work with. You can either braid two small braids, or one thicker braid.
6. Tie a knot at the end and repeat this process for the other side of your necklace.
7. Trim the tail ends of your braids.
8. Wrap some jewelry cord around both braids, and tie knots to secure it. If you are worried about it coming undone, add some glue to secure it.