Starting the New Year with a DIY
Hey friends! I hope you had a fabulous holiday. It’s been pretty hard to get back into the swing of things around here, but I thought starting the year with an easy do-it-yourself statement piece would be a great way to keep things moving!
Over on Pinterest world, I’ve spotted a few bib necklaces that have really tickled my fancy…like this Noetic Snowfall one from Anthropologie or this Tortoise and Crystal one from ShopBop. After staring at them a half-dozen times or so, I realized that they aren’t that difficult to recreate…
First, I gathered the necessary supplies: a yellow scrap of leather for the base, an autoshape printed from Microsoft Word (You don’t see this step, but I traced the autoshape onto the back of the leather, then cut it out), old jewelry that hasn’t been worn in a while, and some jump rings.
Next, I deconstructed the jewelry. You would think that having a carpenter for a husband would mean that I would have the proper tools available…not so much. I just use kitchen shears and my super-woman strength. Deconstructing was actually quite the stress reliever!
Then I played around with the leather scrap and decided which jewelry pieces I wanted to use. I have tiny rhinestones pictured here, but they didn’t end up in the final cut.
I used a sharp kitchen knife to poke a hole into each top corner. Then I inserted one jump ring into each hole. The chain was separated in two and connected to the jump rings. I used my trusty hot glue gun to attach the jewelry pieces to the leather base.
Not too bad, huh? For the pieces of jewelry that I was willing to part with, I like how it turned out! But you can bet that the next time I go to the thrift store, I’ll be looking for other necklaces and babbles to recycle into other bib necklaces.