Embellish your favorite dress with a bohemian-inspired chain and charm belt. This accessory makes a bold statement by itself, so your outfit needs little to no additional jewelry.

Things You’ll Need

Mesh chain (The mesh chain should be long enough to fit around your waist plus 2 inches.)
Strong craft glue
Safety pin
Large lobster clasps (2)
Key chain rings (2)
7- or 8-mm jump rings
Lightweight charms
Cutting mat
Jewelry pliers

Step 1
Open the safety pin. Position it on top of the chain, 1 inch from the end and 1/8 inch from the bottom.

Step 2
Push the safety pin down until it pierces the chain.

Step 3
Open a jump ring with the jewelry pliers.

Step 4
Attach the jump ring to the hole.

Step 5
Add a charm to the jump ring.

Step 6
Close the jump ring. For extra security, slide the ends past each other.

Step 7
Continue adding charms by repeating Steps 1 through 6. Stop adding charms 1 inch from the opposite end.

Step 8
Add one large clasp to one key chain ring.

Step 9
Position the chain “wrong” side facing up. Fold the end of the chain around the key ring to make sure 1/2 inch folds over the key ring.

Step 10
Add glue 1/2 inch from the end. Be sure to apply glue in a well-ventilated area.

Step 11
Fold the end of the chain over the key ring and onto the glue. Leave it to dry completely. Use a binder clip to secure the end of the chain if needed. Repeat Steps 8 through 11 at the opposite end of the chain.

Tips for Making a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt

Hook the two clasps together when you are ready to wear your belt.

For best results, use lightweight charms in a thin, simple shape. Mix and match charms for a custom look.