Archive of ‘Jewelry’ category

Blog Share: Glue Gun Earrings

I can’t say that I’ve ever thought about using glue gun drops as stylish pieces of jewelry. Can you? Four Front Doors give a wonderful and easy to follow tutorial for making these glue gun drop earrings. I am amazed at how inexpensive (under $1.00) yet good looking these are.

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I can’t wait to make these for my best friend’s birthday. Next project, a glue gun necklace for myself. Happy gluing everyone.

- Logan

Vintage Velvet Bracelets

Vintage Velvet Bracelets

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Do you have some old brooches laying around needing to be given new life? Velvet bracelets are the perfect solution to this crisis. The possibilities are endless with these bracelets, and I’m sure you will get many compliments on them.

Supplies:

  • Velvet ribbon – I recommend 7/8″ or 1.5″
  • Brooch(es)
  • Velcro – optional

Directions:

1. Gather all of your supplies. I have a beautiful brooch that was my great grandmother’s, so I was delighted to be able to highlight it in this project. I made a couple different styles of bracelets, so I will show you both of them with the hopes that it will inspire you to create your own versions.

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2. I started out by making a cuff bracelet. I liked 1.5″ velvet ribbon best for this style. There are a couple different ways to create your cuff. (A) You can overlap the velvet on the top of your wrist and pin the brooch through both layers to keep the cuff together. My brooch hid the spot where the ribbon overlapped. OR (B) You can pin the brooch  to the center of the velvet and put velcro on each end of the ribbon. The velcro option would probably be best, but option A is great for a last minute accessory on girls’ night.

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3. The second style I have named a “tailed” bracelet. Tie a double knot in the velvet so that the knot is on top of your wrist. I recommend using 7/8″ velvet for this style. Cut the ends of the tails to your desired length and shape. Pin the brooch through the knot. A smaller brooch would work best for this style. My flower brooch was a little big on this style for my liking.

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4. You could also use velvet and a brooch to create an adorable sash/belt for your favorite dress. This would be the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

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Enjoy experimenting with all of the ways to use velvet and brooches to accessorize your wardrobe :)

Elizabeth

Tulle Candy Necklace

Tulle Candy Necklace

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I LOVED  candy necklaces when I was a kid. The one down side to them was that the candy touched your skin, so after biting off a few of the candies they could start to get sticky. Yuck. I think I have solved the sticky candy problem with this tulle candy necklace. Another plus to this necklace is the opportunity to use a wider variety of candy. I think these would be a great gift to include in your children’s Easter basket :)  I hope this becomes your kids favorite new craft!

Supplies:

  • Tulle
  • 1/4″ ribbon or baker’s twine
  • Individually wrapped candy of choice

Directions:

1. Start out by cutting a 24″-36″ piece of tulle depending on how long you would like your necklace to be. I cut my tulle 24″ long. Lay your tulle out on a flat surface.

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2. Place your candy at the bottom of the tulle strip. My tulle strip is 24″x6″.

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3. Fold the top of the tulle over the candy to create a 24″x3″ strip of tulle with candy in the middle.

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4. Take your ribbon or baker’s twine and tie bows in between each piece of candy making sure that the tulle is completely wrapped around the candy.

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5. Tie the ends of the tulle into a bow or knot and your necklace is done! Just untie a ribbon bow each time you would like to remove a piece of candy.

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This would make a great craft/favor for a birthday party. Have fun making your very own tulle candy necklaces!

Elizabeth

Ribbon Cuff

Ribbon Cuff

These ribbon cuffs are so easy to make, and you probably have all of the supplies on hand(that means this is a “free” project). This is a great craft for both kids and adults to make, so this project is perfect for a mother-daughter craft party. Lets get started!

Supplies:

  • Cardboard tube from toilet paper, paper towels, wrapping paper, etc.
  • Ribbon of choice
  • Adhesive of choice-double sided tape, craft glue, hot glue
  • Beads or other embellishments

Directions:

1. Cut a section off of the cardboard tube that’s about 2 inches wide. Cut an opening in the section so that your cuff can easily be placed on your wrist.

2. I used 7/8″ double ruffle ribbon for my cuff, but you can use ANY ribbon for your cuff. You could pick multiple ribbons and make many different cuffs(one for every outfit :) ), or you can combine a couple different ribbons for one cuff. Start out by securing the end of your ribbon to the back of one end of the cuff with your desired adhesive. Make sure that the ribbon hangs off the edge of the cuff a little to hide the cardboard.

3. Begin wrapping your ribbon around the cardboard cuff. I overlapped each ruffle as I wrapped keeping the ribbon on the front of the cuff straight(that creates angled lines on the back of the cuff).

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4. Continue wrapping the ribbon until you reach the end of the cuff making sure to leave a little bit hanging over the edge to hide the cardboard. Secure the end of the ribbon to the back of the cuff with double sided tape or glue. At this time you could add a little bling to your cuff with some beads and gems. I didn’t add any extra embellishments to my cuff because I wanted the ruffles to stand out. You could be finished at this point, but I added one more element to my cuff. I cut two 6″ pieces of 3/8″ ribbon and attached them to each side of the cuff. I tied them in a bow so that my cuff won’t slip off.

Now you are finished! Enjoy making this fun, simple craft for all of your friends.

Elizabeth

 

 

Ribbon Jewelry-Blog Share

Blog Share

I love all of the ribbon jewelry that I see all over the internet and in the stores. Here are a couple ribbon jewelry tutorials that you may enjoy:

This DIY Washer and Ribbon Necklace tutorial can be found on Nestled. Megan does a great job of giving clear and easy steps for the reader to follow. This blog features all kinds of beautiful jewelry, so browse around after you finish making your necklace.

I love this Ribbon Ruffle necklace. Head over to H is for Handmade to see the tutorial for this flirty necklace.

I hope these tutorials inspire you to have a ribbon jewelry party with all of your friends. Happy crafting!

Elizabeth

Easy Pearl and Ribbon Necklace

Easy Pearl and Ribbon Necklace

I saw a post about “up-cycling” jewelry on Crowley Party, and it inspired me to make this great accessory. I LOVE pearls! This necklace is great because you can easily change out the ribbon to make the necklace match any outfit. Even though I used pearls for my necklace, you could use any old necklace or costume jewelry that you have hiding in the back of your jewelry box for this easy craft.

Supplies:

  • Strand(s) of pearls or another old necklace
  • Ribbon

Directions:

1. Lay your necklace on a table in a circular shape. I had one long strand of pearls so I doubled it so that my finished product would have more layers.

2. Cut a piece of your ribbon 1.5 yards long and seal the ends. I used a satin edged sheer ribbon for my necklace because I love how elegant it looks with pearls. Lay your ribbon underneath your pearls.

3. Pull the center of the ribbon up through the circle of pearls, and then bring the ends of the ribbon up so that your pearls are enclosed in a ribbon loop. This is kind of hard to explain so see the pictures below to clarify the instructions.

4. Put the necklace over your head so that the pearls hang in the front and the ribbon is behind your neck. Adjust the ends of the ribbon until your have your desired necklace length and tie the ribbon ends into a bow.

Have fun digging through your old jewelry to find hidden treasures to use in this craft. Check back later this week to see other ribbon jewelry tutorials. Have a great day!

Elizabeth

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Boutique Ribbon Necklace

Boutique Ribbon Necklace

Today I will show you how to make the elegant ribbon necklaces that you see in all of the boutiques. Even though this is a step up in difficulty from our Kid’s Ribbon Necklace on Monday, this is still a fun and easy project. You will feel so accomplished wearing your beautiful ribbon necklace out on the town, and I’m sure you will get many compliments!

Supplies:

  • One length of ribbon
  • Beads of your choice
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun

Directions:

You will determine your length of ribbon by taking the desired length of the necklace, multiplying it by 2, and adding 24 inches. I used about 2 yards of ribbon for my necklace. Make sure that you choose a ribbon that has the same design on both sides.

Stick your needle through the center of the ribbon about 12 inches from one end of the ribbon. Don’t pull the needle and thread all the way through yet. It’s much easier to stack your beads and ribbon while they are still on the needle.

Place one bead on the needle leaving some room at the top for the next steps.

You should have one 12 inch section of ribbon to one side of the bead, and another very long section of ribbon to the other side. Fold the longer section of ribbon over the bead and push it down onto the needle. Try to make sure the needle is going through the center of the ribbon on every fold.

Continue adding beads and folding the ribbon over. You are basically making an accordion fold with the ribbon, but there are beads between each fold. Remember to keep two or three beads on the needle at all times because it will make it easier to fold the ribbon on top of the bead.

As you are threading and folding, gently slide the beads off the back of the needle. I found it easiest to hold the needle straight up with the necklace hanging down from it and then push the beads down off of the needle. The beads may spread out some while you are working on the necklace and that’s fine.

You will want to stop your bead and fold pattern when there is about 12 inches of ribbon left to match the other end. You will want to end the pattern with a fold so that you have ribbon covering up your last bead. 

Through some trial and error I found that a simple knot at the end of your thread won’t secure it from slipping through the ribbon and bead. I suggest putting a small dot of hot glue on your knot so that it will hold your necklace together.

Once you have your thread knotted, glued, and trimmed, you will tie a knot at each end of the necklace to hide your thread. All you have left to do is even out and seal the ends of your ribbon, and you have a beautiful necklace for any occasion.

You can even make a bracelet and necklace set. These would be great to give to bridesmaids as a gift, or to anyone as a birthday or thank you present. I hope you enjoy wearing, and giving away, this beautiful necklace!

Elizabeth

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Kid’s Ribbon Necklace

Kid’s Ribbon Necklace

Ribbon isn’t limited to being used as an accessory for hair anymore. I see ribbon jewelry everywhere I go. This week we will feature two different kinds of ribbon necklaces that can certainly be altered to make bracelets as well. The first necklace to be featured is a Kid’s Ribbon Necklace. This is a simple necklace that your children can make as a Valentine’s gift for their friends. This is the perfect craft for your next slumber or birthday party.

 

Supplies:

  • One length of 3/8″ ribbon
  • Beads of your choice(make sure that they have a wide hole)

Directions:

 Your ribbon length will be the desired length of your necklace plus about 30 inches. So if you want your necklace to be 20 inches from end to end, you will need a 50 inch piece of ribbon. A solid grosgrain, satin, double ruffle, or stripe/saddle stitch ribbon would be best for this project since these ribbons have the same design on both sides.

After you cut your desired length of ribbon, you will need to tie a knot about 12 inches from one end of the ribbon.

Slide a bead onto the opposite end of the ribbon and push it close to the knot that you tied.

Tie another knot on the other side of the bead to secure it in place. Now it’s time to slide another bead onto the ribbon. Continue the knot-bead pattern until you have about 12 inches of ribbon left.

Once you tie your last knot, even out and seal the ends of your ribbon. Tie the ends of the necklace into a bow and you have a fun, colorful necklace to show off to all of your friends.

Feel free to leave out the middle knots if you are wanting to simplify this craft. You could have a knot 12 inches from one end, then thread on your desired amount of beads, and finish with a knot to hold the center beads in place.

Have fun making your very own ribbon jewelry whether it’s at your next slumber party or as a Mommy-Daughter craft project.

Elizabeth

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