Tutorial – Sequins and Nuts Necklace

I’m nuts. You’re nuts. Let’s wear some nuts.

I think we’ve all seen some of the crazy/awesome hardware jewelry floating around Pinterest and such. This is actually pretty genius because I think we all have extra hardware accumulating in a junk drawer somewhere. Why not make something unique? WHY NOT, I SAY!?

Sorry.

Supplies:

  • Chain swiped from an old broken necklace
  • 2 packages of sequins from the craft store (.79 whole cents each)
  • Hex nuts, found in your local hardware store or junk drawer (I used 22)

Before I go any further, I feel I must point out one creepy detail…

Devilish smirking Baileys cup will haunt your dreams for all time. Onward!

Steps:

I disassembled the old necklace and cut it to the desired length.

In keeping with the whole hardware theme I have going on, I used a washer as part of the clasp. I don’t know why, I just felt like it.

Now I know this was naughty, but I used several strands of black thread and a needle to string my nuts and sequins. I basically tied knots to the ends of each hanging chain, which is just dumb, but I didn’t have jewelry wire. Use that instead, mmk? I’m going to replace it the first chance I get. Or, you know, when it breaks.

As far as the beading pattern, I just did what felt well with my soul. I imagine if you used another color of sequins or silver nuts you can have a completely different look. I’m probably going to make a bracelet next.

As always, my favorite thing about this is that it was cheap. I love cheap crafts. This whole thing costed me about two bucks. Not bad!

I just said the word ‘nuts’ more times than any human being should in one blog post. Or in her lifetime.

Anthropologie Floral Necklace DIY

Alright, so I just spent the last 2 hours making this thing. It was quite a bit more work than the last one I did, but I actually love it so much more!

The Inspiration:

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Anthropologie Ranuncula Necklace – $42.00

Supplies:

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  • Old HIDEOUS shirt I found at Goodwill, used for flowers
  • Two gold bracelets (Target) to be used for the chain
  • Misc. beads, chains, and other findings from old broken necklaces, used for flower centers
  • A thick piece of ribbon for the flower base
  • Two eyelets (found at your craft store) for attaching the chains to your base
  • A lobster clasp and jump ring — I used these from a broken necklace.
  • Needle and thread
  • Patience. A freaking lot of it.

Instructions:

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1. Begin cutting the fabric, making circles of various sizes. I used about 10-12 circles for each flower, the largest being roughly 3 inches in diameter, but feel free to make them smaller, larger, or use different amounts. And for heaven’s sake, don’t torture yourself and worry about them being perfect! They’ll be a little frayed and uneven, and that’s just fine.

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2. Stack 10-12 of the fabric circles, starting with the largest at the bottom and gradually becoming smaller as you go. Repeat until you have 4 nice little piles.

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3. Run your needle and thread through from the back, then go back down through the front. Make a few of these stitches until you feel it’s secure.

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4. While holding the fabric from the back side, pinch the whole thing in half and make a few stitches through the fold, close to the center of the flower. Do this a few more times until you get the whole puckered, petal look going on.  (How do you like my very technical instructions? I’m so not a pro at this, haha.)

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“The whole puckered, petal look”

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5. Now for the fun part… decorating those flowers!  String the beads on your thread and run your needle back and forth through the center until you get the look you want.  You can use beads of any shape, size and color for this. Go crazy… no one will judge you. :)

The next step is to make the base for the flowers.

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6. Take a strip of the thick ribbon and two eyelets. Cut a tiny hole at the edge of the ribbon and attach an eyelet.  This will be where your chained bracelets attach to the base.

Note: Eyelets are available at your local craft store and are surprisingly easy to use.  They come with directions too, so don’t be intimidated!

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7. Now, run a few stitches through the backs of each flower to secure them to the ribbon. There’s no rhyme or reason to this and doesn’t have to look pretty, just be sure each flower is stitched on there nice and tight.

Now that you know how wide your flowers are when they’re all lined up, you can trim the unfinished end of the ribbon (the one without the eyelet). Repeat Step 6 and secure the remaining eyelet to the ribbon. When you’re finished, go ahead and clasp the other chained bracelet through the eyelet hole.

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8. Take the jump ring, bend it open and hook it through the lobster clasp.

clasp39.  Now hook the jump ring through the end of one of the chained bracelets and close it.

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And Voila! Clasp the chain behind your pretty little neck and go on your merry way!

Anthropologie “Bonheur” Necklace Remake

My dear friend Anna brought this adorable necklace to my attention the other morning.

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She was right in suggesting we make one for ourselves instead of spending the $58 at Anthropologie.

I had all the pearls, organza and other supplies already, so this pretty little thing ended up costing me absolutely nothing! I am so thrilled with the end product…

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For the Jewelry-Obsessed

I will be the first to admit I have a little obsession with jewelry… and by little, I mean monstrous. One trip to the mall will mean at least two long necklaces, a pair of dangling earrings, and the occasional huge statement ring. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? Wrong. My ever-growing collection has taken up residence in various drawers, bowls, and plastic baggies in a tangled, jumbled mess. Just this morning I reached in one of the piles, aiming for my triple layered, 18″ gold chain necklace, only to pull out 23 others. Spending three hours untangling them was not on my agenda – such a nightmare.

I found these adorable, functional jewelry stands at Urban Outfitters. They keep your delicate pieces neatly separated, while being decorative and stylish. These are such great little things, and much more practical than a dusty old drawer.

Little Birch Jewelry Stand

Earring Stand

Little Birdie Jewelry Stand


Delight! I love the Little Birch stand, but I just don’t think it’d do the job for me. The Little Birch Forest, perhaps?