10/02/2011 02:45 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2013

DIY Wedding Necklace: A Step-By-Step Guide

When Los Angeles-based fashion rep Jenny Ewing learned that her friend Julia was getting married, Jenny knew she wanted to give her something special to celebrate. “I had seen the dress she was going to wear that day and it was very beautiful, but a very simple silk silhouette,” Jenny says. “I knew that she would want something unique with a little bit of flair to go along with it, so I decided to make her a necklace.”

Jenny spent two months scouring vintage shops and flea markets, collecting rhinestone and pearl baubles that she could use to build a statement piece. She purchased bracelets, hair clips, earrings and even a tiny cobalt blue Mother Mary pendant (the “something blue,” in “old, new, borrowed and blue,” Jenny says). Then, she bought chain, links and jewelry tools to build the necklace. In total, she spent about $200 on her materials. She spent one to two hours every night for two weeks building the necklace.

HuffPost Weddings spoke to Jenny about crafting Julia’s necklace -- which, believe it or not, is the first piece of jewelry Jenny has ever made. Follow the step-by-step instructions in the slideshow below to build your own perfect wedding necklace.

To see more photos from Julia and Eric's beautiful wedding, check out this post at Style Me Pretty.

Jenny Ewing's DIY Necklace

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