July 19, 2012

Fun Finds on Friday

July 19, 2012

DIY Jewelry Design

July 19, 2012
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With a little ingenuity and a couple of bucks, anyone can become a jewelry designer.

Being on a self-imposed tight budget this month (I went a wee bit crazy last month and I’m trying to make up for it) is forcing me to get creative with ways to change up my wardrobe. And since accessories are one of the easiest ways to freshen things up, I headed to Michael’s with a few dollars and a coupon for 25% off my purchase.

I found this chain in the jewelry section, and with it’s nice, wide links I knew it would be easy to play with. And at only $3.99 (down to a mere $3 after the discount), it seemed like a wise investment.

I apologize for the dark pictures – we had our first rainy day yesterday in forever, so the lighting just wasn’t that great for this project.

I used a strip from an old curtain as my fabric, but any old t-shirt or scrap would do.

Taking one end of the fabric, I pushed it in and out of each link, making sure to have each loop end up on the same side of the chain.

You have to pull each loop tight to ensure that you don’t end up with lumps and bumps.

I left the ends loose so I could tie it around my neck.

I didn’t mind the messy look – in fact I preferred it. But you could easily clean it up by using a stretchier fabric, or simply trimming the ends. Using a skinnier strip of fabric would also show off the chain a bit more.

Another option? Wrap it around your wrist for a stacked bracelet look. I can’t decide which option I like more!

So, do you play around with DIY design? What are your favorite projects to do? And how do you freshen up your look on a tight budget?


  1. Brilliant! I never have the inspiration to do something like this…I am on the hunt for vintage brooches for a necklace project that I saw on Tamera’s blog but I am such a procrastinator.
    Now…what to do with the 500 or so wine corks I’ve collected. Thoughts? lol!
    And PS – I tried to add your button on the blog yesterday and while I had the code loaded correctly, it wouldn’t show up. :(??

    1. That’s odd that it’s not showing up! I’ve had others do it without a problem, so I’m not sure what happened there. Thanks for the intent to share it though.:)

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