I was browsing around the ol' Interwebs the other day and spotted this necklace from Amy DeGregorio. It's got great colors and looks like it will go perfectly with lots of my summer dresses.
Hemp string (it's really strong)
The shape of the beads in this necklace really make it, and I had a hard time finding them. But I think what really made me want to make it was the mixture of red and blue and multi-colored beads, so I just found what I thougth might work.
Tie a knot in the end of your string, leaving a little slack. Start adding your beads. They don't have to be in any particular order. In fact, I think they look better when they're asymmetrical.
Once you get a pattern you like, tie a knot in the other end. Make sure there's enough slack that the necklace doesn't get stiff.
Then tie a square knot to hold it all together.
Ta-da! You've got a similar necklace that cost a fraction of the price.
The point is, check out things you like that are way overpriced, and figure out what it is you like about them. Since I liked the color combination in this necklace, I had a fairly easy time finding similar beads and making something I'm just as happy with. And, it's one of a kind!