The Brit & Co. chunky necklace is a simple and affordable do-it-yourself project that creates a chic alternative to expensive jewelry. The inspiration for this project came from the bright colored J.Crew necklaces, which became a hit this summer season. Remarkably, the handmade Brit & Co. designs look almost identical, and are a fraction of the cost.

The materials needed to put these pieces together include chains, colored spandex, needle nose pliers, scissors and some gold hoops or clasps. You simply cut the spandex into thin strips and knot them. Then take six straps and tie them at the top, and weave them together. Lastly, you attach it to the chains, and you are done.

Projects like these are ideal for those who are on a tight budget. Best of all, the final product is incredibly stylish.