No Sew, Upcycled T-shirt Coral Necklace

I’ve been looking at The Frugal Girls Chic & Crafty Link-Ups on Thursday evenings for the past couple of weeks and was inspired by all the DIY jewelry. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, played with it along the way, and came up with this necklace. By the way, I don’t sew, so this is made with a glue gun.


  • a t-shirt that was on its last legs
  • key rings I had left over from some other craft
  • red coral charms, found at Michael’s in the jewelry clearance section
  • scissors
  • glue gun


Cut three thin strips across the t-shirt and two thicker strips.

Braid the three thin strips, weaving in the charms at approx. the middle of the whole braid.

Determine the length that you want the braided portion to be and attach to the key chain loops by folding over and glueing, then wrapping a small piece of t-shirt and glueing to hold it on.

Tie on a thicker strip to each loop with a lark’s head knot and then tie into a bow.

Adjust the overall length of the necklace to your style. You could also skip the bow and just clip the two loops together for more of a choker look.

With a 6-month-old that likes to grab at every thing, I don’t get many chances to wear necklaces, but I can’t wait to wear this one!

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