DIY Leaf Pendant

DIY leaf pendant for necklaces and bracelets

Fall is one of my favorite seasons because the leaves change. Every year around this time I get really excited to see it. But every year it passes and all I have is pictures.

This year, I found a way to preserve the part I love so much. I’ve made a pendant to capture the color change.

Will the leaf remain this color, you ask? I think so, because the leaf bookmark I made a few years ago is still vibrant.

Want to make your own charm? Follow the tutorial below.

 

materials needed to make a leaf pendant

Materials needed for a DIY leaf pendant

 

glass orb

Step 1: choose the leaf and portion

Place the glass orb over top of the leaves you’re considering.

When you’ve chosen the placement, cut or rip around the orb so that your leaf shape is round.

 

diamond glaze for leaf gluing

Step 2: glue the leaf to the glass

Add a drop of glue to the glass orb and press your leaf down firmly.

 

leaf pendant

Step 3: glue the orb to the pendant tray

Glue the orb to the tray and press it down firmly.

Let it dry.

 

DIY leaf pendant for necklaces and bracelets

Look how cute that is! Oh, and that texture looks amazing. Now you can have the changing seasons forever. You can put it on a necklace, bracelet or hang it from your Christmas tree. What a fun way to remember autumn.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Leather Beaded Bracelets

diy leather beaded bracelet

I’m going to apologize for this, but I’ve been on a jewelry kick these past two weeks. Earrings last week and bracelets this week. I promise next week will bring new and exciting things. Let me get this out of my system first, though.

Okay, moving on. I love leather bracelets, but I never make them. I always feel like other people can make them better than I do, so I just buy them. That had to change, because you can’t get better at something if you don’t try, right?

I chose an easy design with a little bit of wire wrapping, which I’ve written a few tutorials for. It’s pretty straightforward so I’m confident that if I can make these, any of you can do the same. Want to try? Keep reading.

 

leather beaded bracelet materials

Materials needed for leather beaded bracelets

  • beads
  • metal wire
  • jump rings
  • leather cord
  • jewelry clasps

You can find all supplies needed to make these bracelets at any craft store.

 

Wire wrapping with beads

Step 1: thread the wire through the bead

Cut a piece of wire about half an inch longer than your bead on both sides.

Then, slide the bead into the center of the wire.

 

wire wrapping

Step 2: twist two loops into the wire

Using your round-nosed jewelry pliers, create a loop in the wire on either side of the bead. You should have something that looks like the image above.

Then, repeat on the opposite side.

 

Step 3: add the clasps

Cut the leather cord so that, when folded in half and threaded through the metal loop, it reaches around to the other side of your wrist, but not quite to the center. You want to leave some space for the clasps to come together.

Add the clasp to fasten the leather ends.

Repeat on the opposite side.

 

diy leather beaded bracelet

When you’re finished, you should have a bracelet that looks like this.

If you want to get a little more adventurous, try making another bracelet and styling it just a bit differently.

beaded bracelets with leather straps

I made the one on the left second. This one has 4 beads instead of 1 and the clasps are fastened to the side closest to the beads, rather than on the other side of the wrist.

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback.

Happy crafting!

DIY Bead String Earrings

DIY bead string earrings

I disappeared last week. Sorry about that. I needed a mini break from all organized activity. Surely you’ve been in the same boat. But I’m back to crafting this week and I have a fancy set of earrings for you to make that’s quick and easy.

These are the kind of homemade earrings that make great gifts.

  1. They look more expensive than they are (but aren’t cheaply made), so that’s a win for both the maker and the recipient.
  2. They’re super easy to assemble.
  3. They go well with all outfits.

Want to make some? Keep reading!

materials for DIY bead string earrings

Materials for Bead String Earrings

  • Bead caps
  • Fancy beads
  • Earring rods
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry pliers (not pictured)

Tips for choosing beads:

  1. Choose beads that aren’t exactly the same size. You can see that some of mine are oblong, others are round and some look squished. Some are even textured.
  2. Choose beads with some shine. Beads that shimmer a little bit look so much better in indoor lighting.

I purchased all of my supplies at Michael’s (of course), but you can pick yours up at any craft or hobby shop.

Bead caps at top and bottom

Step 1: Start with a bead cap

Slide one bead cap to the bottom of your earring rod.

Follow that with a string of beads misshapen beads.

Lastly, top with a bead cap.

It’s like a sandwich of beads!

Note: Leave some room at the top of your earring rod. We’re using that space in the next step.

earring loop for hook connection

Step 2: Make a wire loop

Using your round-nosed pliers, twist the excess wire at the top of the earring rod into a loop. Don’t close it completely.

 

beaded earring

Step 3: Add the earring hook

Slide on the earring hook and close your loop.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the second earring.

 

DIY bead string earrings

When you’re finished, you’ll have this fancy pair of earrings! Keep them for yourself or give them to someone you know will love them.

You could always hang on to them and give them as a Christmas gift. I know, I know, it’s August. But Christmas sneaks up on you. You could be prepared for that.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Paper Beaded Earrings

DIY paper beaded earrings

Making these earrings was so much fun! Why? I made the beads from paper.

Pretty cool, right?

You can make them too! You could use old photographs, magazines, scrapbook paper… anything you have around the house.

Take what you have and upcycle it. Upcycled crafts are the best kind.

 

materials for paper bead earrings

Materials needed to make paper beaded earrings

  • Scissors
  • Paper clip
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Earring wire
  • Earring hooks
  • Round-nosed pliers
  • Clear nail polish (optional)

 

scrapbook paper cutouts for bead making

Step 1: cut the paper

Cut your paper into a long triangle.

I used 12×12 paper but you can use whatever you want.

 

Step 2: glue and roll

Brush on a little bit of Mod Podge to the larger end of the paper. Then begin to roll up the edge toward the smaller end. Roll tightly.

Continue to glue and roll until you run out of paper.

 

wrapped paper bead

You should have a bead that looks similar to mine in the image above.

 

Step 3: seal the paper

Unfold your paper clip leaving one end slightly bent.

Slide your new bead onto it.

Brush two layers of Mod Podge to the outside of the bead to seal it.

Let it dry.

 

glazed coating

Step 4: glossy finish (optional)

You don’t have to participate in this step, but I think it adds an extra pop to the beads.

While your bead is still on the paper clip, paint on a layer of clear nail polish.

Let it dry.

 

wire bead

Step 5: add the wire

Place the earring wire (with the flat end at the bottom) up through the bead and create a loop at the very top.

You can add any other accents during this step as well. I chose to put a small metal bead at the bottom.

 

earrings made from paper beads

Step 6: add earring hooks

Add the earring hooks to the wire loop and you’re finished.

 

DIY paper beaded earrings

They’re likely not going to look exactly the same, but they’re pretty close.

As you can see in my example, I wrapped one bead (left) tighter than the other. I like the look of that one better. I suppose that will come with practice.

I’ve seen these types of earrings at craft fairs all over the place and had to try to make some myself. Since they’re upcycled, i love them even more.

Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Distressed Wood Earring Hanger

DIY distressed wood earring hanger

I have a ton of earrings.

If you’re a regular follower, you probably recognize a few in the picture from previous DIY tutorials.

You’d think, by now, that I would have found a decent solution to storing all of them, right?

Wrong.

old earring box

This was the solution. Ugh, earrings everywhere. I could never find a match without dumping out the whole pile. I swear I’m not this messy of a person. Disorganization drives me nuts.

Needless to say, it was time for a change.

If your jewelry box looks like mine, please allow me to help you organize it. Follow my tutorial below.

I found a pre-built chicken wire frame at the Pat Catan’s and settled on distressed wood for the design. I really enjoy the look of distressed wood but have never tried to recreate the look on my own. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be.

diy-earring-hanger-materials

Earring Hanger Materials

  • Frame
  • Sealant
  • Sandpaper
  • Chicken Wire
  • Sponge brush
  • Hot melt glue
  • Wooden accents
  • Acrylic paint (3)

If you can’t find a pre-built frame, you can buy a regular picture frame, remove the glass and staple the chicken wire to the frame.

wooden frame - orange

Step 1: paint layer one

Brush on the first layer of paint. Don’t cover everything. Be careless, seriously.

 

frame in red

Step 2: paint layer two

Brush on the second color of paint using the same process in the previous step.

Messy is good.

 

earring hanger wood accents

Step 3: paint the accents

Using the same process, paint the accent pieces.

 

wood frame accents

Step 4: glue the wooden pieces together

When everything is dry, glue the accents onto the frame.

 

earring holder -brown

Step 5: paint layer three

Using a bit more care this time, paint on the final color.

 

distressing wood paint

distressed wood

Step 6: distress the wood

When that last layer of paint is dry, grab your sandpaper and rub it against the wood. You will have to press harder than you think.

Aim for the edges of the frame, right down the center and the accents.

 

wood sealant

Step 7: seal the wood

Brush all of the loose paint flakes from the frame and brush on your sealant.

 

DIY distressed wood earring hanger

Easy peasy! Now you have a beautifully distressed earring  hanger.

I really enjoy the combination of colors. I thought about using blue and green under the brown, but I’m glad I chose the red and orange. They look nice with the brown, don’t you think? Let me know! Leave me comments 🙂

Happy crafting!

DIY Stacked Beaded Earrings

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This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge! If you want to learn more or are interested in joining the challenge, send a message to Emily from A Pop of Red.

diy stacked beaded earrings

The February theme for  The Craft Challenge is beads, so I chose to make wire-wrapped earrings. I found the beads at Michael’s last week and thought they would look cute stacked on top of each other. They look kind of elegant, don’t they?

They’re easy to make, you can buy all of your materials in one location (which is always a plus for me) and making your own is less expensive than buying them.

beaded earring materials

Stacked Beaded Earring Materials

  • beads
  • bead caps
  • earring pins
  • earring hooks
  • round-nosed pliers

 

stacked beads

Step 1: Stack the beads

Stack your beads on the earring pin, with rounded beaded between the square beads.

 

earring-beads

wire wrappingwire loop for earrings

Step 2: Bend the wire

Using your pliers, twist the top of the pin into a circle and cut off the excess wire.

 

stacked beaded earrings

Step 3: Attach the earring hook

Attach the earring hook to the loop you just made.

 

diy stacked beaded earrings

Voilà! When you’re finished you have a new set of pretty earrings.

I’d love to know what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments. 🙂

Be sure to check out the rest of the beaded craft projects in The Craft Challenge by visiting A Pop of Red and Eclectic Enchantments!

 

DIY Vintage Necklace

DIY vintage necklace

I’m a really big fan of vintage jewelry. Most of the time I admit I would never wear it, but I really like the way it looks. The other day, I was at Michael’s (of course, it’s like my second home), and found these really cute key charms. They’re not really vintage keys, obviously, but they’re close enough in appearance. I wanted to make something with them, but the craft I planned on making this week didn’t work out like I’d hoped. I didn’t measure properly and the key was too big for the holder. Anyway, I won’t go into too much detail on that one because I plan to use the remaining keys to do it right someday.

So, I made the jewelry I thought I’d never wear and surprised myself!

This one is quick and easy! It takes longer to pick the charms you want than it does to make the necklace. Sometimes that’s a good problem to have.

vintage necklace charms

Vintage Necklace Materials

Chain
Charms
Jump rings

You can find all of this at Michaels or any other craft store.

vintage necklace macro

Step 1 and only

Attach your jump rings to your charms and slide the charms onto the necklace.

I chose the key first. Then rounded hammered charm to match the key. Then the silver bird charm to compliment the gems in the key.

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge.

DIY diffuser charm necklace

The June theme for this Craft Challenge was jewelry and I was having a hard time coming up with something to make. Jewelry is usually a pretty easy one for me because I make so much of it. Turns out, that was my problem. I’ve made a little bit of every kind of jewelry and I don’t want to repeat any of my tutorials. So, I tweeted for a fresh perspective. Thankfully, my friend, Christine, from Dreaming in CMYK gave me this brilliant idea—A diffuser necklace. Thank you, Christine!

I’ve never been very interested in perfume, so this is nice alternative. It’s really easy to make and you will smell GREAT all day long. I got all of my materials at Michael’s for about $11. Oh, except the essential oils. I got that on Amazon. You can get them at Giant Eagle or The Vitamin Shoppe as well.

diffuser necklace materials

Things You Will Need

Felt
Scissors
Essential oils
2 Small charms
1 Large charm with holes
Necklace chain (with or without beads)

For the diffuse charm, you’re going to want to find a locket with some holes to let the essential oils escape.

I chose peppermint for my essential oil. I would love to make another diffuser necklace with grapefruit or citrus essential oils too. That would smell amazing.

felt circle diffuser pad

Step 1

Measure the diffuser charm and cut out a piece of felt that will fit inside.

peppermint oil diffuser necklace

Step 2

Soak your felt piece with the essential oil and place it back in the diffuser charm.

You might have to add more oil to the felt after a few weeks to keep the smell. These oils are very aromatic though, it will probably take a while before the smell is gone completely. The good news is, it doesn’t take more than a few drops each time.

diffuser charm beaded necklace

Step 3

Attach your new diffuser charm to the necklace chain.

DIY diffuser charm necklace

Step 4

Now, attach the two smaller charms to the necklace on either side of the diffuser charm.

essential oil necklace

And now you have your very own diffuser necklace that will keep you smelling fresh and wonderful all day long. Not bad for $11 and 15 minutes, right?

I’d love to know what you think! Leave me some feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

The Craft Challenge Participants and Their Jewelry-Themed Crafts

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These are The Craft Challenge participants. Click each image to check out their jewelry-themed craft tutorials! They will all be posted at some point today.

DIY Beaded Charm Necklace

DIY beaded necklace

I’ve had the materials to make this necklace for weeks now and was finally able to fit it into my DIY schedule. Yay!

It’s sooo easy to make and costs less than $5 (unless you want a really fancy chain.) It also took about 15 minutes to put together, so the next time you need a necklace when going out and you don’t like any of the ones you have, consider making this one.

diy charm necklace

Things You Will Need

Chain (1)
Beads (9)
Jump rings (11)

bead charm

Step 1

Connect 3 jump rings together and attach 3 beads. You can use 1 bead per jump ring or mix it up, depending on the look you prefer.

Continue to add jump rings and beads until you run out.

beaded charm

When you’re done you should have something like the above photo. It makes a pretty cute charm.

DIY beaded necklace

Step 2

Add a chain.

hanging fashion necklace

Let me know what you think!!

At the end of the month, the Craft Challenge post is going to be a DIY jewelry challenge. If you want to see something specific let me know, because I have no ideas yet.

Happy crafting!

DIY Hanging Swirl Wire Earrings

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

I know this post is coming much later in the day than usual but it’s better late than never, right?

Anyway…

I haven’t made any wire jewelry in a while and was thinking about this pair of earrings I saw the other day that i really liked. They were similar to these, except they had these hideous beads in the bottom swirl. I liked them, but sans beads. So I decided to make my own, more appealing version.

Now that they’re finished, I kind of wish I would’ve tried to use some textures on the wire, like maybe hammering, to give it a little something extra. I’ll definitely be trying it with my next batch.

hanging swirl earrings materials

Things You Will Need:
Wire
Pliers
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Thing-A-Ma-Jig

*You can get all of the materials to make these hanging swirl wire earrings at any craft store. If you are unsure of what to look for, leave me a comment and I’ll help you out.

wire length

Step 1
Cut a piece of wire about the length of your pliers.

earring loop top

Step 2
Put a small loop at the top of your wire.

earring swirl 2

Step 3
Using the second to largest peg in your Thing-A-Ma-Jig kit, start the first swirl in your soon-to-be earrings by wrapping it around the peg.

earring swirl 3

Step 4
With the front half of the earring face down, wrap the remaining wire around the largest peg in your kit.

earring swirls

Step 5
Pull out the second to largest sized peg again and use it to make that last swirl in the wire a little bit smaller.

last earring swirl

Step 6
Use your rounded pliers to put one extra swirl in your wire.

Repeat steps 1-6 to make a second earring.

earring hooks and jump rings

Add on your jump rings (optional) and earring hooks for a beautiful finish.

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

These might be my new favorite earrings!

How cute would these look with this texture though? They probably would’ve been a lot easier to wrap too. 😉

Let me know what you think! Do you like them?

Happy crafting!