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:

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!

Scrap Paper Tree Centerpiece Tutorial (Featured guest blogger)

Hi there! I’m Sharon from Two Girls Being Crafty, and I am so delighted to be today’s guest blogger on Everyday Mom Ideas! Thank you so much, Julia, for having us. My co-blogger, Tristin, and I create fun and inexpensive crafts that anyone could do. Our goal is to inspire. So come check us out!Today I would like to share with you all our newest craft. It’s a fun and easy DIY Spring scrapbook paper tree. Tristin and I both love scrapbook paper. We love the large variety of gorgeous patterns to choose from and the lovely, convenient low prices (so you can indulge when needed). But the funny thing is, neither of us like to scrapbook. We are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to use scrapbook paper. Today’s feature project is one of them.This simple project uses scrapbook paper leaves to create a bright and cheery Spring ambiance for your home. You could also use these beautiful trees in a wedding, baby shower, bridal shower, birthday party… the possibilities are endless!

What You Will Need:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Branches
  • Floral Wire (I used 24 gauge wire)
  • Glue (You can use scrapbook or tacky glue, but I just used good ole Elmers)
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard/cardstock/chipboard
  • Vase or Pot to place your branches in
  • Newspaper

The awesome thing is – you probably already have most of these supplies on hand. I only had to purchase the floral wire for a little over $1 (with a coupon). What an inexpensive way to bring Spring into your home!
Let’s Get Started:

First, drag out your unseemly healthy assortment of scrapbook paper scraps. If you don’t (yet) have an unreasonable amount of scrapbook paper (and everyone should), then just head over to your local craft store – Jo-Ann, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels and pick out your favorites.

Cut out a template of your leaf from the cardboard (you can also use chipboard or card-stock). I used two different sizes of leaves – one small and the other a lot larger. Try to make the leaves as symmetrical as possible (which I did not realize until later). This will help with pairing up a back and front leaf later on. Using your template, cut out as many leaves as you want. Cut them in even numbers because, again, you will be pairing them up later on.

Take your floral wire and cut strips anywhere from 5″-8″ long. I know that’s a big range, but I’m taking into account the different size leaves. If it’s a larger leaf, you will want a few extra inches of wire.

Lay down some newspaper next to your workspace. Take one of your leaves and put a thin strip of glue down the center. Place a piece of wire on the glue. Find a leaf of the same size and same scrapbook paper (or different paper- this is your project!) and place it on top of the glue, sandwiching the wire and forming a “vein” down the center of the leaf. Place your newly made leaves on the newspaper. Keep going until you’ve made all of your leaves.

Now for the fun part! Start placing your leaves on your tree by wrapping the floral wire around a branch. You can arrange them in a natural way (as pictured above)…

…or make them funky.

And you’re done! This project is so easy. You can make a huge tree or just make a small, simple one. Do ten of them for an event, or just create one for your humble abode. Either way, take this idea and run with it. You can create some Spring magic using only a few supplies!

Don’t forget to stop by Two Girls Being Crafty and see what else we’ve been up to!
Thanks again, Julia, for having us here today! 🙂

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