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Expensive fall jewelry trends prove to be easy DIY projects

A chain garter belt designed by Jessica Woodley adds a bohemian elegance to any outfit.
Veronica Szafranski

While jewelry is a quick and easy way to spice up any outfit, a single statement piece can often leave a sizeable dent in one’s wallet. Delaware resident Jessica Woodley decided to take matters into her own hands. “My mom had old jewelry she wasn’t using and I follow a lot of DIY blogs on Tumblr, so I figured, why not make my own?”

From garter belts to headpieces, Jessica creates new purposes for chains that would have otherwise gone unnoticed and unworn. “High-end retail stores want you to pay $50 to $150, but you can honestly just make it yourself,” she says, and she is right. Free People, for example, offers a delicate chain garter belt for the hefty price of $120. With the right tools, patience, and a quick internet browse, one can craft a nearly identical piece for much less.

“It might be a little hard trying to find chains and jewelry that you like or won’t tarnish easily,” says Jessica, who suggests checking out Forever 21 and Michael’s for the necessary materials. A three-piece pliers set is also essential. “You would normally need one to cut the chain, as well as regular pliers and one to wrap wire,” Jessica explains.

With the fall trend of elegant metal harnesses on the horizon, it might be worthwhile to fashion your own creation rather than purchasing one that is mass-produced and overpriced. For those less inclined to DIY, contact Jessica at so you can conspire together on a one-of-a-kind statement piece that is sure to turn heads!

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