$3 DIY Charm Necklace Tutorial

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I decided it was time to start putting together little gifts for Gabrielle and Emanuelle. They have asked me on several occasions for charm necklaces (they already have charm bracelets). So yesterday I headed out to purchase supplies to make some for them. And this is how the necklaces turned out:

$3 DIY Charm Necklace Tutorial - thediydreamer.com

I made two identical charms necklaces for $3 each!! I picked up the supplies at my local Walmart. The chain was $4 (enough to make 4 necklaces!) and it came with the necessary supplies to put it together. I also picked up two key-chain charms for $1.97 each (why buy everything separately when it’s cheaper to buy those?).

Supplies to make a charm necklace

To start off I used flat nose pliers to remove the jump-ring that attaches the lobster clasp to the key-chain charm.
How to remove lobster clasps

Next I fixed the charms to my liking. I used flat nose pliers to remove the blue bead. I replaced the blue bead with a pink one (it is for Valentine’s Day after-all). With the help of the flat nose pliers and round nose pliers, I looped the wire back onto the key. (I did not add anything else to the charm because I liked it as is, but you can easily add more beads if you wish.)
How to make a charm necklace

I used wire cutters to cut the chain the length that I wanted. Once that was done, I used flat nose pliers to add the jump-rings and lobster clasp onto the ends of the chain.
How to make a chain necklace

And finally, I added a jump-ring to the charms so that I could attach it to the chain.
How to attach a charm onto a chain

And voilà, ….

$3 DIY Charm Necklace

$3 DIY Charm Necklace Tutorial - thediydreamer.com $3 DIY Charm Necklace Tutorial - thediydreamer.com$3 DIY Charm Necklace Tutorial - thediydreamer.com

So, what do you think? Pretty easy and very cute right? I’m quite happy that it’s inexpensive and I don’t have to worry about the girls losing them. I love buying them jewelry, but I’m always paranoid of them losing the jewelry somewhere…

Hope you are having a BEAUTIFUL day!


P.S. I’ll be linking to these Parties.


  1. says

    your necklace
    is so sweet and dainty

    i’ve been wanting
    to try my hand
    at some jewelry crafting
    and maybe this tutorial
    will give me the push i need!

    Fridays Unfolded is back
    and i would love for you
    to stop by and join in!

    Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

  2. says

    Thanks for the tutorial, especially on how to buy smartly ;-)I love to combine, simplify, and multipurpose things…I have a few broken pieces of jewelry that I can assemble – I will think about Walmart, next time I need something. Have a great weekend.

  3. JaneEllen says

    Hi Christine, I have two grand daughters that just might like your necklace for Valentines Day. They’re almost 17 and almost 14 so think this might be a good gift for them. Sometimes Wal-Mart can fool us, they do have some cute stuff and good prices. Usually I only buy anything pretty much at Michaels, Jo-Ann’s and Hobby Lobby if it’s on sale or I have coupons.
    I especially love the little lock/key and bead embellishments you put on chains. I might already have some of the things you used. I always try to buy a longer chain so I can get at least 2 or more necklaces out of one chain. Great now that there are so many finishes for different tastes, makes it fun to make own jewelry and gifts. Happy weekend

  4. says

    OMG I Love this!!! I am always amazed when people make their own jewelry. So not something that I can do lol. If you have a moment, I would be thrilled if you would link this up to my weekly beauty party. We do everything from makeup to fashion to hair and skin. My readers would love this tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration