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Friday, August 19, 2011

3 Fantastic Fashion Accessories- DIY Jewelry Projects (Featured Guest Blogger)

Hi everybody!  I'm Jennifer from The Wayman Family Nest and I'm so excited to be guest posting today here at Everyday Mom Ideas and sharing some cheap, DIY jewelry projects! I'm a 6th grade teacher and future mama.  The hubby and I are in the process of adopting a baby boy from Ethiopia.  I'm pretty new to blogging, but I've loved connecting with fellow adoptive mamas and other DIY lovers like myself! Over at The Wayman Family Nest, I blog about our adoption, the transformation of our first "nest," DIY projects, and my love of interior design and pretty things.  Here are some things I've posted about recently:
Give Hope Africa Adoption T-shirt (Unisex)      
Today I'd like to share three easy, cheap, DIY jewelry projects.  These would make great gifts for a friend or for yourself!  I decided to put the projects in order from easiest to hardest. (So those of you intimidated by DIY projects can get your feet wet before jumping in the water!) Ribbon Peral Necklace You'll need:   - 1 long strand of pearls (mine were 30")    -2 20" inch long pieces of ribbon
Take the pearls and double it up so you have a 4 strand necklace.  Wrap 1 piece of ribbon around each side and tie it in a knot.  Trim the excess ribbon.  Tie the necklace in a bow at the back to desired lenth.
There's your finished product! Quick and SUPER easy!  AND you can always change the ribbon out very easily if you want a different look.
Pearls: Free (bridesmaid gift from a dear friend) Ribbon: $3.59 for the spool Total cost of poject: $3.59 DIY Braided Hex Nut Bracelet You'll need: -3 strands of twine cut into one yard pieces -18 small brass hex nuts -Nimble fingers!
Gather the 3 strands of twine and tie a knot at the top, leaving about 2 inches of excess. Start braiding. At about an inch of the way down, you’ll begin braiding in the nuts. Before you braid the far left strand over the middle strand, thread on a nut, push it against the base of the braid, and crossover. I wrapped tape around the bottom tips to prevent the twine from fraying. 
Keep your thumb at the base of the braid, holding the nut in place. Before you braid the far right strand over the middle strand, thread on another nut, push it against the base of the braid and crossover. Again, make sure to hold your thumb tightly against the base of the braid, keeping the nut in place. Thread another nut onto the far left piece and crossover.
Repeat the steps, by threading the rest of the nuts to the outer pieces of twine before they are crossed over. Thread, cross, thread, cross. Braid twine to the bottom and make a loop at the end.
The bracelet should wrap around your wrist two or three times. Trim it to your liking.                                
Happy braiding!
Twine: $4
Hex Nuts: $5
Total Cost of Project: $9
Upcycled Tie Bibb Necklace
You'll need:
-Suit button (or anything you'd like to use)
-Needle and Thread
Lay out your tie, and start folding and pinning in a manner that's pleasing to you. 
Lay it around your neck and add or remove folds to get the length you want.  Remember you'll want to be able to have the necklace slip on and off your head.
Take your needle and thread and tack down the folds from the back side of the necklace.
Place your button or accent piece and stitch down.
Enjoy your fabulous statement necklace!
Tie: Free (stolen borrowed from hubby)
Button: $.50 from JoAnn's
Total Cost of Project: $.50
There you have it!  Quick and easy, right?  For more home decorating ideas and DIY projects, visit my blog, The Wayman Family Nest.  A big thank you to Julia for having me on her fabulous blog today!


The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

That bracelet is fantastic! So unique and cool!

catalog printing said...

Wow. Well, I am overwhelmed with the designs that you did. The pearls are really nice and fashionable. The tie is fascinating because of the folds that you did. Great imagination and concepts!

Jesse said...

Just so you know, all 3 of these jewelry accessory ideas are absolutely AWESOME. I especially love the 3rd one, which incorporates a tie- I've always liked that look. Kudos, ma'am! Since you shared your DIY jewelry ideas, I'd like to return the favor and show you my site, Ispirada. I'm super proud of it, as I'm sure you are of your super cool site.

Jennifer said...

Thank you ladies! I had so much fun doing it! And I did it on a budget! My hubby and I are on the Dave Ramsey envelope system and this definitely didn't break the bank! Glad you liked it!

ThoseJones said...

But how do you make the loops at the beginning and end? The one at the beginning only has one string, so at what point did the other two come in?

ThoseJones said...

nevermind! I just found a video that explains it well!

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

I love the tie necklace! I've never seen anything like that before

Anna said...

I like the tie idea. I just have to figure out if it works well with anything that I have.

catalog printing said...

These are really awesome designs. I think you have used pearls in a very great way and looks really amazing.

Pregnancy Symptoms said...

Thanks for sharing your many creative ideas. I like the bracelet a lot.

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Some great home made jewellery ideas here

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Love them all!!

Live, Laugh, Blog said...

Wow, such cool jewelry! I really love that bracelet! Thanks so much for sharing!