Silver tube leather necklace
One of the best things you can do with a girl friend is get together, drink wine, and do crafts! Awhile back I did just that with my best friend Brittany. As her boys frolicked between watching The Voice and eating JELLO in the kitchen, we sat and crafted around the kitchen table. We had a glorious time doing this super cute Gold Tube Bracelet craft from Honestly WTF.
A few days later watching TV I saw a commercial where the actress was wearing a tube necklace. I thought it would be the perfect craft to use up a few extra tube beads. It makes a perfect gift, and will take you about 10 – 15 minutes max!
Take one end of the leather string, one crimp end, and using your pliers crimp it nice and tight.
On the end without the crimp end, slip on the silver tube bead.
Add the other crimp end to the other end of the leather string.
Using your pliers add one jump ring to each end.
The last step is to attach your lobster clasp to one end using your pliers.
That took all of like 5 minutes. Speedy crafting!
Geometric wood bead necklace
I love the geometric/fractal trend, as well as wooden crafts, so it was inevitable that I would end up doing a craft including both. I ordered these wooden beads hoping I would get them in time for my Longest Day Craft Open House but of course they showed up a few days after. Isn’t that the way? :) Nonetheless, I broke these open this week, and finished my friends long overdue birthday present. I painted a variety of colors so she can make whatever combination she likes! :) (This one is for you Panda!)
TIME TO COMPLETE
Depending on how many beads you paint this DIY should take you under 30 minutes.
Painting the beads is the fun part. :) You can paint them partially or full. The more beads you paint, the more combos of this necklace you can create! Make a combo for every outfit!
To paint the beads easily, slip a bead on the end of a skewer. Once you have your desired paint job complete, place the skewer in an upright position, and let it dry. I find that most craft paints you don’t need more than 1 coat, but some colors (like the dark ones) need 2 coats.
Cut your ball chain to the length you desire. Then attach your chain connector to one end of the chain.
Once the beads are dry, attach your chain connector on one end of the ball chain. Then slip the beads onto the chain in the order you prefer.
Now you are ready to rock the geo!
The necklace on the left is a Cara Couture necklace at Nordstrom. The one on the right is my hack, created from an $8 necklace from Target and a bit of paracord! Who would think that this combo of neon and sparkle is so awesome! Plus it’s perfect to wear to the Alt Summit. I really lucked out with this Target find. Here’s how it was done.
- Inexpensive jewel statement necklace (Try Target or Forver 21 for some possible options)
- Wire cutters
- Neon colored Paracord (great source here on Etsy)
- Matches or lighter
- Clear tacky glue
Note: This necklace already had cord/cap ends so this was an easy hack. If the necklace doesn’t have cord/cap ends you will need to add them with jump rings.
Using your wire cutters, cut the chain from your store bought necklace. If your necklace already has end caps attached to the clasp and pendant don’t cut them off!!
Disclaimer: The ugly band-aid finger is a craft injury from cutting my thumb. So please try and ignore the ugliness.
Measure out 2 pieces of paracord at approx. 11.5″ in length each. Carefully burn the ends of the cut paracord so it prevents fraying.
Glue each of the ends of the cord onto each end cap, and let dry.
Once it’s dry, you are ready to rock the latest fashion at Alt!