Need a little "something-something" to jazz up your outfits?
Are you searching for an "everyday" necklace, but don't want to spend BIG bucks (or little bucks for that matter)?
I've been swooning over big necklaces for awhile now. Anthropologie and LOFT carry them, but I just didn't want to spend alot.
So with a bit of help from a friend, I made my own.
Here's what you'll need:
* 2 Squares of felt of your choosing (I chose black)
*Old buttons (this would be a good time to raid mom's, aunt's, or g-ma's button collection- BUT craft stores also have them)
(Here's a close up of my buttons):
*At least a 20 in. chain (also at craft stores)
*Little beads or pearls (I have taupey-looking pearls)
*Hot Glue Gun
optional: Michael Jackson music while you work
Step 1: Shape it, Baby!
Lay your felt out, and play around with buttons until you reach a desired shape or pattern. Mine is clearly uneven, but that's the look I was going for. Find something YOU like and go with it!
Step 2: GLUE away!
Try to add a bit more glue on the buttons with the loops on the back. Make sure all your buttons are straight and "standing up". Feel free to hum along to "Billie Jean" or "Beat It" as you work.
Step 3: Fill in the holes
Once all your main buttons are glued down securely, go back and fill in any gaps with your pearls or beads. Throw a few on top of the buttons you just glued, if you like. Let everything dry.
Step 4: Cut 'er out
Carefully, cut around the edges with a smooth, even cut.
Step 5: Attach your chain
Cut your chain to ~20 in. (or desired length), keeping in mind you will hot glue ~1 in. on each side.
Flip your necklace over (button side down) and hot glue chain to each side of your bib.
Step 6: Glue your Backing
In order to finish your necklace, let's add a backing. It will seal off your chain, and give your necklace some stability. Add LOTS of hot glue to the back of your necklace (the side where you just glued your chain) Grab your second piece of felt and smush down on your necklace. Let dry. Use the edge of your bib to trace and re-cut out the 2nd piece of felt. Sorry, no pic for this one!
Ta-da! All done!
If there are any little fuzzies left from your hot glue, go ahead and clean those up.
Now, proudly do the moon-walk with your necklace on and brag about how fine and foxy you are!