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DIY gifts are the perfect way to show someone how much you care without breaking the bank. And with just a few pennies, you can create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of art that your loved ones will treasure for years to come.

I love jewelry as evidenced by my massive in-the-wall jewelry cabinet I just built. Whenever I happen to shower and do my hair (you know…like every 3rd day—{giggle} I make sure to have earrings and a necklace on.


I like wearing unique pieces and this nuts & bolts necklace can be changed out to accommodate any color outfit one wears. Not only is it a functional and fashionable accessory, but it’s also a conversation starter. Trust me.

People will be amazed at the creativity and resourcefulness that went into making such a unique piece. Whether you wear it as a statement piece or layer it with other jewelry, this nuts & bolts necklace is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe.

So, why settle for mass-produced jewelry when you can create your own unique piece with just a few nuts, bolts, and a little bit of creativity?

nuts and bolts necklace


  • Nuts
  • Bolt
  • Silver chain
  • Jump rings (2)
  • Lobster clasp
  • Magnetic closure (you will only use one half of the closure)
  • Various colors of spray paint
  • Jeweler’s pliers
  • Spray Primer
  • 100 grit sandpaper
  • Loctite Sup Lowes. er Glue – Ultra Gel Control

How To Make The Colored Nuts and Bolt Necklace

Step 1

Get yourself some nuts and bolts in the hardware section at your usual store. There are many sizes available. Pick the size you like best.

Or, go to Amazon and get all of these for around $6! Total bargain. You can make so many of this to gift to your loved ones (or maybe teachers?).


nuts bolts necklace

Step 2

Lightly sand the bolts to give it a little tooth for the paint to stick too.

Spray prime and then spray paint the nuts in various colors.

Let them dry for a few days to make sure they are fully dry before you touch them.

hardware necklace
spray painted bolts

Step 3

Meanwhile I used the Loctite Super Glue to adhere the magnetic closure to the top of the bolt.

bolt necklace

Step 4

Also add a jump ring to that and then cut the length of chain to the size you want.

Add also a jump ring and lobster clasp to that.


Step 5

Then just screw on the colored nuts you want to wear for the day and you are done. Genius!

metallic nuts necklace

This would make an inexpensive gift and you could make a dozen different colored nuts as part of the gift.

colored nuts and bolt necklace

A quick change of the colored nuts completely changes the look of the necklace.

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colored nuts necklace

Super quick, super inexpensive and super clever – right up this DIY girl’s alley.

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  1. You are too clever and creative for your own good! This is definately a gift for the DIY’er. I have to say when I first saw it Sandra from Sawdust Girl came to mind. She is ALL saws, woods, clamps….. Great idea–you never seem to run out of them!

  2. And dah! I just remembered that is how I came to follow you Beckie! When you were working on your awesome craft space with Sandra!

  3. Ha! You are right – Sandra is all saws, wood, and clamps! Maybe I’ll send her one of my necklaces as a holiday gift. 😉

  4. Well, I sure am glad you did. You are a very faithful follower and always the first to leave me words of encouragement! 🙂

  5. I love this idea! My husband owned a hardware store and I always thought the hardware would make great jewelry. So, did you buy the magnetic closure, clasp and chain at a hobby store and the rest at Lowe’s? I want to make this for my daughter for Christmas but if I am going to get that much paint, I might as well make several necklaces for friends as well. Thanks for a fun idea!

  6. Yes, the hardware is from Lowe’s and the jewelry-making pieces can be found at a craft store. I would love to hear how they come out!

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