DIY Chain Tassel Lariat Necklace

diy chain tassel necklace

As I was browsing through the Vogue Accessory Italy Spring/Summer 2009 magazine last night {which I was lucky enough to receive from an ex co-worker just yesterday …thank you By Twil!} I stumbled upon this fabulous tassel necklace by Blugirl and fell in love. And then I remembered that just last week I specifically went to JoAnne’s to pick up some chains to stitch onto my bikini …but didn’t use them because the ruffle came to me after and clearly, I thought it was better. And then right after that I remembered that the trip to JoAnne’s prior to that I snatched up a few upholstery tassels because I was thinking about making earrings out of them …and clearly, never did!

And Voila! I have my new favorite necklace.

Here’s what you’ll need…


If you have a long chain …or preferably, two long chains that you can hook to each other, then all you need to buy are the tassels {$3-4.99 each}…{or you can make your own out of leather!}
… but the craft chains are only {$3-4.99} each





…they’re the FRYE Women’s Emily Slingback Platform
& finally went on sale at Victoria’s Secret {now sold out} but I’m not sure I like the way they make my legs look.

…but clearly I’m in love with my new Helmut Lang Silk Romper!


…I knotted the black one twice to shorten the length between chain & tassel

…and this one almost looks like nipple tassels …lol!

* Update * I sent the shoes back

Click the images or dates below to see how I wore them

diesel-jeans-chains-4  harem-studs-zac-posen-marc-jacobs-1  miu miu shoes+black and white and green outfit+gold accessories+brown with black and white+fashion+green scarf

7/23/09 | 7/14/09 | 7/23/2010

* CLICK HERE to see my chain tassel earrings DIY *

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Becca

    July 8, 2009 |

    LOVE IT. I have some metal tassles (I KNOW) that I harvested off some old clip on earrings – totally doing this with them. Thanks for another amazing DIY!

  • Lizzy

    July 8, 2009 |

    Yes, great and EASY DIY. I will be making these this weekend, for sure. I actually love the shoes. The chunk factor will give a nice edge to girly dresses and skirts. They’re also awesome for jeans. Keep ’em!

  • Milly

    July 8, 2009 |

    Cute and easy DIY….i might be able to do this one…even though awhile back i bought something similar that i havent worn in awhile..mine is not a chain more like beads.

    Cute shoes…i like the peep toe and chunky wooden heel

  • Marbella Designs

    July 8, 2009 |

    very cool necklaces! can i say i don’t like the shoes? 🙂

  • brittany

    July 8, 2009 |

    i love this! can’t wait to try it! the shoes aren’t my fave, but you could rock anything girl. 🙂

  • Stephanie

    July 8, 2009 |

    Love, love love this! Can’t believe how easy you make it look…

  • Jennifer Juniper

    July 8, 2009 |

    I love it! I giggled when I read the “nipple tassles” that will be fun to check your google analytics to see traffic generated from that little ditty! Ha!

  • Children of the 90s

    July 8, 2009 |

    I am always impressed with your craftiness–this is so cute! It definitely does not look like the sum of a few inexpensive materials. Can’t wait to see your next DIY!

  • Jules

    July 8, 2009 |

    Such a great idea! Looks absolutely great! You’re a genious 😉

  • The Traveling Circus

    July 8, 2009 |

    I leave for America in a few weeks, and I think I will make these as presents for my sisters, so thanks!

  • stacy

    July 8, 2009 |

    totally nipple tasseles!

    the perfect compliment to your romper.

  • Elizabeth Marie

    July 8, 2009 |

    I HEARD about that magazine from DG on Monday and I am dying to get it, now even more so! This is a DIY I can do and not jack up!!! I’ve been wanting one of these necklaces too…so thank you, you’re fabulous. Do you know if I can subscribe to that mag? Ive only randomly caught it at Barnes on lucky days or something.


  • Hanako66

    July 8, 2009 |


    LOVE it… looks awesome…both of them. you are magical!

    I’m not sure about those shoes…I didn’t care for them from the front, but I like the side view so maybe!

  • Maegan

    July 8, 2009 |

    yeah …me too ..I love the side view but something is just weird in the front …like they’re not high enough on the ankle or not low enough …I dunno. I think they may cut my legs off and/or not flatter.

  • drollgirl

    July 8, 2009 |

    love the gold one!

    not sure about the shoes. dammit!

  • Iva

    July 8, 2009 |

    another perfect DIY. looks pretty simple to put together.

    really not sure about the shoes either….totally great buckle on the side …looks like they have some nice detail on them…BUT just not feeling them 100%{please don’t get mad}

  • R.C.

    July 8, 2009 |

    lol! Nipple tassles! Agent provocateur makes some sick pasties if you are interested… just sayin’! I must thank you, cause I picked up some bare escentuals mineral makeup a few days ago and am LOVIN’ it! The introductory CD is too cheesy… but wtvr… it works charms! 🙂 Thanks again!

  • BellaCene

    July 8, 2009 |

    I can’t wait to make me some nipple tassles!

  • Candi

    July 8, 2009 |

    You’re so talented! I love the frye’s and the romper!

  • Brown Girl

    July 8, 2009 |

    Such a great idea and finally a DIY that is easy enough for me, I’m not so good with a needle and thread. The shoes are ok, of course you make everything look great so hard to tell.

  • calixta.jive.

    July 8, 2009 |

    love the necklace! i’m definitely making one!!!

    don’t like the shoes… at all. :o(

  • Elizabeth

    July 8, 2009 |

    Super cute! Love the necklace… I’m a DIY girl myself and love anything I can “re-create” at home!

  • daer0n

    July 8, 2009 |

    Awesome necklace DIY, love it.
    i really like that romper too, it looks great.

    LOL @ the nipple comment haha.

  • Morgan

    July 8, 2009 |

    I love the gold one. It looks awesome!

  • Erienne

    July 9, 2009 |

    I actually worked for Blumarine/Blugirl and absolutely loved this look!!! Fantastic idea ; )

    And I think you should keep the shoes. I’ve been obsessed with them!!

  • down and out chic

    July 9, 2009 |

    you should love your jumper, it’s great (i think i’ve already commented on it). the necklace reminds me of a vintage necklace i just ran across that i seriously debated getting. maybe i should just make my own!

  • TheBeautyFile

    July 9, 2009 |

    haha it kind of does look like nipple tassels!! definitely love the DIY, the jumper & i’m thinking you should keep the shoes if and only if they don’t make your feet hot. they look like they might and that could be a….DEALBREAKER!!!

  • Kristin

    July 9, 2009 |

    Va va voom. What aptly placed tassels. Ah ha.

  • mommara

    July 9, 2009 |

    Love the necklaces. i will so be doing this.

    Um , not so much on the shoes. I don’t love them.

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    July 9, 2009 |

    Best DIY ever.

  • Sheena

    July 9, 2009 |

    Ur Ideas Cant be topped! Love this one!

  • Danielle

    July 9, 2009 |

    yea! nipple tassels! this does look super easy and awesome..

  • Underfunded Heiress

    July 9, 2009 |

    Your so talented. You must start a etsy for your DIY! Love that last photo of you (b+w photo).

  • Style Porn

    July 9, 2009 |

    I absolutely LOVE tassels. I bought some cheap ones recently and made them into earrings, but I love this idea too! And it looks like it just might be easy enough to fit my humble abilities.

  • Nicole Marie

    July 9, 2009 |

    hahaha kind of like nipple tassels. but i really like them short!

  • Violet

    July 9, 2009 |

    i always love your diys… haha nipple tassels

    yes keep the shoes… you just gotta utilize them

    Vi from Cali

  • ♥Aubrey

    July 9, 2009 |

    I could see myself twirling these around with my fingers all day. Sooo FUN!!! I’ve linked you into my post. Check it out girlie ♥ {{Bradyish}}

  • Piper Jacquelyn

    July 9, 2009 |

    You make it all look SO simple…and gorgeous! I love it, such a great idea – nice work!

  • L.A. Daze

    July 9, 2009 |

    You’re so crafty!

    I’m not a fan of the shoes. They remind me of hooves for some reason, especially when seen from the front.

  • Girl Japan: April Marie Claire

    July 9, 2009 |

    You are a DIY wiz girl!!!! I agree you make it look so simple!!!! But it is a chic piece.

  • janettaylor

    July 9, 2009 |

    only a word: fab!


  • paquita

    July 9, 2009 |

    Wuauaau I love your necklace¡¡¡¡
    Kisses from Mallorca-Spain

  • josephine wayward

    July 9, 2009 |

    Really like the necklace, not sure if I’d know what to wear with it… Thoigh I’m not too fond of the shoes, but I’m not the biggest fan of sling backs…

  • Design it Chic

    July 9, 2009 |

    The necklace is too awesome! And i kinda like the platforms too! SO keep ’em!

    Happy Thursday!

  • Fashion&Such

    July 9, 2009 |

    I really like the shoes. But if you wanna sell ’em, go for it.
    I love those chains, I wish there were places where I lived to buy some plain chains.

  • AsianCajuns

    July 9, 2009 |

    Another awesome DIY!!! You are unstoppable- and very inspiring. I need to get craftier.

    I say keep the shoes- I think they look fab on you- but I’m very partial to all things Frye, and platforms.

  • Brigadeiro

    July 9, 2009 |

    What an amazing DIY! And YES to the shoes! 😉

  • Erin

    July 9, 2009 |

    Favorite DIY of yours to date! Srsly!!! I have been dying to try out one of your DIY’s and have decided to wait untill hubs goes away at the end of the month to try out a few (he dosn’t get it and I don’t feel like explaining). This will be the first!!!! And who the hell wouldn’t love that romper!

  • Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out

    July 9, 2009 |

    Love it!

    I did an {odd} tribute to you on my blog today.

    Hopefully you dont think I am a crazy woman!

  • Christina

    July 9, 2009 |

    Once again your DIYs are sooo cool!

  • diane

    July 9, 2009 |

    What a great idea, you’re so creative.
    “Nipple tassels”, hysterical.

  • Shauna

    July 9, 2009 |

    Love the tassel necklace. Totally wish I could pull off the romper right now!

  • J

    July 9, 2009 |

    What a great idea!

  • la flore et la faune

    July 9, 2009 |

    very sexy and attractive piece … bises from paris

  • Penny

    July 9, 2009 |

    Whew! Can’t keep up with you gurl…lol On my to do list: Create my own Loub sandals courtesy of ….love Meagan, then create tassle thingy…courtesy of ….love Meagan again…lol

    About those shoes…I love how they look from the side. I know for some, the shoe may appear too heavy — but I think it works and gives off an edgy look with the romper. I say give them one more try and then see how you feel about them:)

  • Maria @ Chicisimo

    July 9, 2009 |

    I agree that is a cute necklace, its a great idea!

  • Anonymous

    July 9, 2009 |

    LOVE the necklace!! Your awesome. Def do not like the shoes! I say return!

  • sexy legs and body

    July 9, 2009 |

    love the necklace,the shoes?? neah, they dont suit you, they are too chunky…. if my opinion would make any difference… 🙂 you need stiletto heeled sandals with thin straps…. that would suit you much better….

  • Chessa!

    July 9, 2009 |

    gorgeous! I love your DIY. I think that this is my fave.

  • Tara Gibson

    July 9, 2009 |

    love it and I know I can do this one haha. You are so creative!

  • Cathy Voyage

    July 9, 2009 |

    The necklace is so cool, even it’s so easy to make!

  • Jen Ell's Revenge

    July 9, 2009 |

    Loving everything…the tute, shoes and romper…Go ahead with yo bad self!

  • céline

    July 9, 2009 |

    love the necklace !!! cute idea 🙂

  • geisharock

    July 9, 2009 |

    simple idea but so genius!!! i never thought of just using a long chain – i’d always try to link it up somehow. that is very clever clever clever, i want to find a chain around the house somewhere now and do this. ahem. anyway. keep the shoes! they are so amazing in a fierce mummy (pharoah not mother) sort of way. and they look great on you xoxo

  • Milly

    July 9, 2009 |

    I passed by Banana Republic yesterday and they had Tassel necklaces too…
    here is the link.

  • Rebecca Rose

    July 9, 2009 |

    Hi… OMG love it… I might do that soon too. Its cheap and yet chic.

    U look beautiful.

    >>> Rebecca Rose

  • Bar-b

    July 9, 2009 |

    cool necklace. Thanks for being fashion forward sister. Looks cool on you!

    I have an even easier DIY…take off of curtains, place on neck 😉

  • ZombieLace

    July 9, 2009 |

    I love the tassel necklaces, they are adorable! And you’re right about the shoes, I think they are quite fabulous but maybe there’s something a bit off about them. But sometimes I just think that when a fad is just too advanced for me and I am being a square :~)

  • Summer

    July 10, 2009 |

    finally one i can do!!! love!

  • {this is glamorous}

    July 10, 2009 |

    you are so amazingly creative!

  • {Jodie}

    July 10, 2009 |

    All of your DIYs are so sexy… but as for the shoes, I’d say lose them. 🙂 The romper is fantastic though!!

  • chloe

    July 13, 2009 |

    oooh, this is one for my future-possible-diys, they look great! btw, adding you to my ‘friends’ links 🙂
    kiiiisses x

  • sholpan

    July 21, 2009 |

    Ur DIY’s r so easy to make, but the MAIN – they r so fashion!!! I like ur way to wear clothes,u r so stylish person. I think that person who wears very stylish should DO IT Youselves)))

  • Ana Paula

    July 22, 2009 |

    Hi Megan!
    My first time here but I felt compelled to ask you.. Please keep this gorgeous shoe!!
    Or if you like, you can donate it to me 🙂 lol

    big kiss from a Brazilian visitor


  • besswess

    July 24, 2009 |

    I actually went and did this one and talked about it in my blog: I of course gave you credit. You are so clever! Keep it up!

  • Anna

    August 8, 2009 |

    i just made this and i love it! i went to the craft store for supplies this morning, and put the necklace together before i even left the parking lot. so simple!

  • Anonymous

    August 19, 2009 |

    Shoes are ugly, sorry. 🙁

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