Making Beach Jewelry / Boho Jewelry from a Pearl Necklace from the Thrift Store

Making Beach Jewelry / Boho Jewelry from a Pearl Necklace from the Thrift Store

The first time I saw my friend, Emily, after she had returned from a trip to France, she was wearing this amazing pearl necklace crafted from linen and pearls. It was positively gorgeous and had a great boho jewelry / beach jewelry vibe. And while I can’t just fly off to France to buy my own, I had a sneaking suspicion that I could recreate something similar by upcycling a strand of pearls from the thrift store.

Isn’t Emily’s necklace lovely?

Pearl necklace owned by Lace and Day as inspiration for upcycled jewelry idea using thrifted strand of pearls by Sadie Seasongoods /

Upcycling a Pearl Necklace into Boho Jewelry / Beach Jewelry

I figured I could easily find a strand of pearls at a thrift store for a reasonable price and create my own version as a pearl bracelet. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Pearl necklace at thrift store to be upcycled into pearl bracelet, beach jewelry, or coastal jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods /

And instead of linen (as my French inspiration used), I thought hemp cord would be an excellent and affordable substitute.

Hemp cord to become hemp bracelet or boho jewelry by upcycling pearl necklace from thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

I randomly decided to cut seven long strands of hemp for my bracelet. For a pearl bracelet, I didn’t need a lot of strands, and I just happen to prefer odd numbers for things so seven was the ticket. Notice Cottonball’s paws in the picture?

Cutting strands of hemp cord for upcycling idea with pearl necklace to become boho jewelry or beach jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods /

Well, it wasn’t until I was finished that I realized Cottonball had stolen a strand and I ended up only using six in the bracelet. Le sigh.

Anyway, I started by making a loop of my six strands at one end, and then wrapped it tightly with jewelry wire to give it an “unfinished yet finished” look.

Looping ends of hemp cord for clasp of pearl bracelet or coastal jewelry made by upcycling pearl necklace by Sadie Seasongoods /

Wrapping jewelry wire around hemp cord to create boho jewelry from thrifted pearl necklace by Sadie Seasongoods /

When all was said and done, that’s what it looked like. Definitely a beach jewelry / Boho jewelry vibe happening here…

Upcycling a pearl necklace from the thrift store into boho jewelry or coastal jewelry with hemp cord by Sadie Seasongoods /

After deconstructing the pearl necklace from the thrift store, I began knotting and stringing the pearls with whimsy along the various strands of hemp cord. For any of the pearl beads that had a smaller than normal hole, I used a reamer to gently enlarge it so that it could slip onto the hemp.

Knotting hemp cord between cultured pearls from thrifted pearl necklace to create beach jewelry or pearl bracelet by Sadie Seasongoods /

Upcycling a Pearl Necklace into Boho Jewelry or Beach Jewelry

When I had reached a good length for my wrist, I simply made another loop wrapped in jewelry wire as I had done before. I added a couple of jump rings and a clasp, and it was ready to wear. In literally minutes. For just a few dollars.

Boho jewelry by knotting hemp cord around cultured pearls from thrift store pearl necklace as coastal jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods /

My pearl bracelet is not as amazing as Emily’s pearl necklace- and I don’t have some fabulous story about finding it in Le France. But with just a handful of materials, a few measly American dollars, and lounging on my kitchen floor on a lazy weekend morning, I achieved a somewhat similar look.

Making a pearl bracelet using hemp cord and a pearl necklace from thrift store for Boho jewelry or beach jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods /

I still have oodles of pearl beads leftover from the stuffy strand of pearls that I thrifted. So, I’ll definitely try a necklace next time using the same technique for a matching beach jewelry / boho jewelry look. And I’ll make sure that Cottonball doesn’t steal one of my strands of hemp cord next time.

Upcycling a pearl necklace from thrift store into beach jewelry or boho jewelry as pearl bracelet with hemp by Sadie Seasongoods /

Before you go, feel free to check out my entire DIY Upcycled Jewelry Collection for even more inspiration! And check out my friend, Salvage Sister & Mister’s, refashioned pearl necklace idea here, too!

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  1. Oh I love how this came out! It’s gorgeous! Wow!

  2. auntiepatch69 says

    I hope you hunted down that missing string. If Cottonball eats it………..$$$ vet bill!

  3. This is so pretty! Easy, too! I’ll have to try it out soon! I’ll be sure to link back when I do 🙂


  4. So pretty! Great work! I love the way it came out and the amazing tutorial! Thanks for sharing! Would love to have you visit me sometime 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  5. Instant love!! This is gorgeous!

    • I’m so glad you like it, Jen! And it is CRAZY EASY to make…and it’s definitely fun to give new life to dated pearls collecting dust at Goodwill! If you make your own version, I’d love to see a picture!!

  6. What a lovely idea. It turned out so beautiful.

  7. Love rustic look of your bracelet, casual but gorgeous, great first try. I have some pearls my ex- husband gave me for wedding gift over 54 yrs. ago. Couldn’t make myself get rid of them. Seeing your wonderful creation think I’ll use them to make a bracelet for oldest daughter (of ex-husband). Think she has right to them. I love this way to give her something she can treasure. So glad I clicked on this post. Meant to be. Happy Spring

  8. I have the itch to make some jewelry now! Love this project!

    I would love for you to share you creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! We are live now and start each Saturday morning at 8:00 am EST!

    ~ Ashley

  9. Love Love Love. I really like how these pearls turned out, what a great upgrade to an old set of unwanted pearls. Best part is you are likely to ware them more to keep the color true.
    Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social, looking forward to seeing what you share next week.

  10. This is lovely, and though you don’t have a “picked it up in a little store in France” story you have a “made it myself, totally unique” story. Just as good!

  11. Brilliant! So happy to find this. I have a pearl necklace that just isn’t my style…but your bracelet totally is. So…I’ll be trying this this afternoon. Thank you!

  12. Gorgeous! You did a beautiful job. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I adore this and you have inspired me!

  14. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says

    I think your bracelet looks amazing! Enjoy:@)

  15. I always notice cat’s paws when ever they show up, have a cat too. His name is Guy (in Finnish though = Hemmo).
    Absolutely adorable cat you have there. They always want to join and help, don’t they? 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this bracelet tutoring.

    Greetings from Helsinki!

  16. Mary Helene says

    I have several strands of old Pearls and didn’t know what to do with them. This idea is just wonderful and can’t wait to try it.

  17. This is so pretty… do you have these in your Etsy shop? If you don’t, you should!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you!! And I don’t…but you’re right, I should! They’re so easy to make…this project is actually three years old now but I still have the bracelet. 🙂

  18. Omg !! I have pearls just like this and have been holding onto them just waiting for inspiration. I purchased them at a second hand store and fell in love. I hope u don’t mind if I use your wonderful design to make either a necklace or bracelet.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Happy crafting, Carol! All I ask is that you let anyone who asks know where you got the idea from. 🙂

  19. Janice Guarino says

    Hi, have a 16 year old kitty who looks very similar to Cottonball, his name is MacGregor and just as handsome as can be. He says to say hello.


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