Monday, August 13, 2012

((handmade monday)) three DIY statement necklaces!


Statement necklaces are my favorite accessory of the moment. I love how they can instantly transform a plain or solid top into something fabulous. Today, I'll show you how to make three necklace styles from the simplest of materials!

What you'll need:
an old t-shirt or 1/4 yard of jersey knit fabric
wooden beads (three sizes) 
(optional) paint and/or spraypaint
scissors
needle with a thick "eye"


1. Cut your coral t-shirt or jersey knit fabric into two long strips, no more than an inch wide. 
2. Spray-paint your wooden beads yellow. 
3. Thread one "string" through the eye of the needle and string your beads on in the following order: 
two small, two medium, three large, two medium, two small
Repeat on the other strip of fabric and once you have finished, tie a knot on each side of the beads.
4. Place the two pieces together how you want them to hang & tie the strips together just above the knots. 
5. Place around your neck and tie with a bow!


1. Cut your bright aqua jersey knit into one long strip, no more than an inch wide. You can trim it down later if you'd like it to be thinner.
2. Leaving the beads natural for a bold contrast, thread your "string" through the eye of the needle and string your beads on in the following order: 
two small, two medium, three large, two medium, two small
3. Tie a knot on either side of the beads so they don't move around. 
4. Place around your neck and tie with a bow!



1. Cut your printed jersey knit into two long strips, no more than an inch wide. 
2. Put a bit of dark brown paint into a bowl and water it down. Roll the beads around in it until they're covered and let them dry. 
3. Thread one "string" through the eye of the needle and string your beads on in the following order: 
one small, two medium, three large, two medium, one small
Repeat on the other strip of fabric with the following order:
two small, five medium, two small

and once you have finished, tie a knot on each side of the beads.
4. Place the "strand" with the larger beads on the bottom and give it more "slack." 
5. Without tying the pieces together as we did in the first option, place around your neck and tie with a bow!

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I already had the jersey knit//t-shirts, paint, and spray-paint  on hand, but this project cost about $12 for the beads and I still have beads left over to make more! Just make sure to take a coupon with you to Joann or Hobby Lobby for the beads. 

Have fun!

love.



13 comments:

  1. i love these!!! and want to make them! :)

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  2. you are one craft lady!!! great job, love them all!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  3. Kim, these are fantastic! and just perfect for a weekend project...is it the weekend yet?!

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  4. LOVE THESE! I've made me a few of these before. I need to bust out the supplies again and get crankin! SO CUTE!

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  5. These are so sweet! Thanks for sharing! Happy new week to you! xo Heather

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  6. So fun and cute! Thanks for the idea!

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  7. I love these! I've definitely been thinking my wardrobe needs a little statement necklace!

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  8. These are so cute! I think I'm going to have to try them.

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  9. Wow! Great ideas! these are fantastic!

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  10. Hi! I stumbled across your blog and I have to know what the fabric in the background of these pictures is?? So cute! (the necklaces too!)
    Thanks,
    Celice

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