DIY Knotted Chain Necklace Using Old and Broken Chains

close-up of clasp

Photo by Adam Morganstern

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a high class look. I recently saw a chain similar to this one, so I opened up my jewelry box, gathered all of my outdated and broken chains and set out to recreate my own version of the simple knotted chain. Then, I used the leftover chain to create a matching pair of earrings to complete the look. It’s a perfect project for accessorizing your Valentine’s Day outfit and better yet, you will “knot” find two necklaces exactly alike.

close-up of clasp

Close-up of clasp

close-up of clasp

Upcycled earring and necklace set


Step 1

 Open Gallerycutting necklace clasp and chain

Cut off clasp

Cut 3” off the end from the clasp end of one of the chains, making sure that the clasp stays attached to the 3” section. Set aside for step 5 to finish off your necklace.

Step 2

 Open Gallerycutting chains

Cut chains

Cut your chains to 17”. This should create approx a 19” chain, depending on the thickness of number of chains you use.

Step 3

 Open Galleryjump ring and chain

Jump ring

Link one end of each chain onto the large jump ring.

Step 4

 Open Gallerylinking to jump ring

Linking chain to jump ring

Repeat step 3 for the other end of each chain and the other jump ring, then secure the jump rings.

Step 5

 Open Gallerycreating knot

Create knot

Take the entire length of chain and tie a loose, off-center knot. Make sure the knot is placed in your desired spot, and then gently tighten the knot.

Step 6

 Open Galleryadding clasp

Adding clasp

Attach the chain end of the 3” section of chain from step 1 onto one of the large jump rings. The clasp end will connect to the other side, linking the two sides together.

Step 7

 Open Gallerycreating earrings

Create earrings

To create a matching pair of earrings, use leftover pieces of the chains and link them onto French hooks. You’re ready to wear this gem of a project.


  • About 7 old necklace chains
  • 2 large jump rings


  • Flat-nosed pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Ruler
About Tiffany Threadgould 


I am a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life and the head of design at TerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. My ...

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2 Responses

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  2. jennasam400 says:

    The earrings are so cute. A matching necklace and earrings is such a great idea for this!

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