DIY Copper + Leather Necklace

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: 1/8″ round copper tube, leather cord, scissors, mini tube cutter

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Spring is officially here, which means it’s time for another Quarterly Collab post! In case you missed our last project, the QC is a group of bloggers from around the world who love to create and make. Each season of the year we work on a project with a common theme and share all the steps to 7 beautiful, unique DIYS you can do at home too. If you haven’t guessed it already, for our second post, we made jewelry!

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There’s always something about warmer weather that makes me want to freshen up everything in my home and wardrobe. Rather than spend a lot of money on new pieces, I decided to make something out of items I found at a hardware store.

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It may look scary, but cutting your tube takes minimal effort!

Place your tube in the cutter and line up with the wheel. Where the wheel comes in contact with your tube is where the cut will be made. Tighten the nob until the wheel touches the tube, but be sure not to secure too tightly or you’ll end up bending it. Rotate the tube with your fingers while keeping the cutter stable. When the cutter seems loose, tighten the nob again and keep turning. Repeat this process, you may have to tighten 5-10 times, until the tube breaks.

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life
Keep cutting your tube until you’ve made enough pieces. I made all of my pieces different lengths to give it more of a geometric shape when wearing. Play around with the arrangement and have fun!

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life
Slip your pieces onto the leather cord, knot, then start wearing. This necklace instantly became my new favorite. There’s always something special about wearing something you made, don’t you think?!

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life

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  • Melissa

    Love this! So simple and crazy cute.

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Thanks Melissa! I can’t wait to try this with gold tubing too- it’s so stinking easy!

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    I have GOT to get me some copper tubes! This is beautiful, Rachel!

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Thank you Amy! And you must, can’t wait to see what you come up with :)

  • Rachael Smith

    So pretty and chic Rach! Love it.

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Thanks Rachael! I may have a new addiction!

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  • Dominique Norris

    amazing! great job. :)

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Thanks Dom :) !

  • Katie (Lemon Jitters)

    Okay, a mini tube cutter just went on my shopping list. Always ‘needing’ things I don’t need. :) Cute, cute!

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Yes! I bet you could do such great things with one too! They’re only about $5 :)

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  • Jamie Wong

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE this because I can’t wear necklace chains made of metal. This is such a great idea and so easy! I need one of those tube cutters ASAP.

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Oh yay, so glad this necklace works for you Jamie! I found the copper tubing and cutter at Cole’s hardware on Polk and Union, but I’m sure you can find them other places too :)

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