November 15, 2011

A CHARMing Necklace - A Tutorial

Hi Friends! How are you? I hope you had a fabulous weekend and that your week is off to a good start!
Today I have a jewelry tutorial y'all. It's quick and simple and would make a cute Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. 

I call it my "Charm"ing Necklace...
It's super light, and cute and really adds character to an outfit!

Wanna make your own? It's easy! Here's how:

Then grab some paint in colors you love. I used:

Next follow steps 1-4:

You can get as creative with the colors as you'd like!

**there are WAY better findings for this project then the ones I used (which are brass flat head pins), but that is what I had on hand and I didn't want to go out and spend money. As Tim Gunn would say.."MAKE IT WORK PEOPLE!" : )

Now, follow steps 1-4: use your needle nose pliers to turn into a cane like shape, put your embellishments right sides together onto the pin at the turned part, then keep turning until the "charms" are enclosed:

I bought the scrapbook embellishments at the Dollar Store. A pack of about 15 for a buck! the rest I had on hand. I think it would look cute with a ribbon instead of a chain too, but I've ran out of cute ribbon. I'm left with the weirdest most random colors. Does that ever happen to you? It's like, why did I even buy those ribbons in the first place?! 
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it! And I have another fun tutorial (a sewing one!) coming very soon!
And if you wanna see more jewelry tutorials you can go here for my Spoon Pendent tute (most popular) or here for a tutorial on how to add texture to wooden beads. Or you can click on the "Tutorials" tab for more :) 

And as always, thank you so much for reading my lil' blog  my sweet friends, it really means so much to me : )

xoxo, Dorian

Oh, and I'm sure you've noticed a surplus of giveaways suddenly and less crafting. I apologies for my lack of creativity lately, and hope to change that soon. The giveaways are my way of saying "thank you" and "Merry (early) Christmas!". I wanted to have giveaways that would give us hard working mommas something to look forward to opening during this crazy Christmas season. We often are so busy thinking about all our loved ones' gifts that we forget ourselves! Well, I remembered you and wanted to give YOU something fun! I wish everyone could win :( ***I know some of you really enjoy giveaways and some of you really don't. For those that like them...enter! This is for you! And for those that don't: wait it out and skip those post, I promise it'll calm down soon!
And yes, there is a current giveaway :) You can enter HERE for $40 in Plaid Paint, Mod Podge and Brushes!
On that note...I have another AMAZING giveaway for you this's soooo good you guys...soooo very very good : )

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  1. Love the necklace, how do you come up with such fab ides?!

  2. Wow- this is amazing! Seriously, how creative is this! I love how one is painted yellow. The best part is that I think I could actually do this. Thanks- awesome idea. And pinning now...

  3. Beautiful - I love this, especially how you painted one charm a different color.

  4. Ooh, very cute, and a bargain to boot!

  5. Your Charming necklace is so awesome! I'm passing the "Tell Me About Yourself" blog award to you! Please see my blog post and follow my can see it here:

  6. Love your design!!!

  7. LOVE THIS! Where did you buy the designs from?

  8. What an original idea...looks awesome!

    Maggie at Sweetwaterbaby.blogspot

  9. This is beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial. You make it look easy!

  10. Great tutorial with beautiful results! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

  11. SO darling!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!!

  12. This is adorable! I can't believe those cute things came from the dollar store! I love the colors too...and I totally understand the ugly ribbon thing! I've tried to make jewelry before, but for some reason I'm just not very good at it:)

  13. Completely fabulous. Love how you painted the metal pieces. WOW!

  14. oh I super like this. thanks for sharing.


  15. Very cute!! I just bought a random chain to try and make some sort of necklace. I may see what I can find today to try this!

  16. Too cute!! I'm gonna have to find the stuff to make this.

  17. I love this!! Everyone is getting one for Craftmas this year!!

  18. so so clever, cute and simple. I love it!!!!!! Thank you so so so much for linking up----I am inspired for sure!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  19. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pretty necklace!!! So smart of you! :)

    blessings! lauren

  20. This looks so cute and you make it look so easy!

  21. Love it! Changing the color of one component shows a great eye for design!

  22. I love your necklace! Going to my local Dollar Store tomorrow to see what I can find. Great design!

  23. This is a gorgeous necklace! I just shared about spray painting your jewelry to customize it but I'm excited to see that acrylic paint will work as well - cheaper and way more colour options. I like the size of your embellishments and the quirkiness of having one that is a different colour.

    Thank you for the awesome inspiration!


  24. The necklace is just adorable, I want to make it soo bad. I have been to many dollar stores looking for the medalions. couldn't find them anywhere.

    1. The necklace is beautiful....however you can not find the charms.
      I have looked in every ds in my area no luck.

  25. Using jumprings would have been easier.


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