Wednesday, September 21, 2011

$1 Necklace Tutorials

Confession time.... I LOVE all things teeny-bop. Mary-Kate and Ashley were my fashion icons while I was in college, and High School Musical is to this day one of my favorite movies. Thanks to Troy and Gabriella, I've learned to "Get My Head in the Game" and sing my way through difficult situations.

Being a fan of most things teeny-bop, it's hard for me to contain my excitement when getting together with my girlfriends for a slumber-party or a girls-night-out. So when some of my friends decided to get together last night for a necklace making party, I rushed to the store to purchase a silver chain and a giant T (for Troy)....ok, I'm kidding about the T.

However, we did make some super cute necklaces, which is perfect since I've been talking about having the "basics" in our wardrobes. Those simple outfits can be a little boring if they're not spruced up a bit with accessories.

Take for example this outfit. I have on a white button-down shirt (Red-line price NY&Company), grey corduroy skirt ($1 at A-Line Resale), and tan Aldo shoes with a little heel ($4 at Goodwill). It's the same basic things, but in the second picture, I've added a cardigan, necklace (which my friend made last night), and a skinny belt ($2.50 Forever 21).

I know I'm standing weird. I was trying to stretch-out the skirt so the wrinkles wouldn't show.

My friends and I had a blast making necklaces, and each of them turned out unique and adorable. And here's the best part, they were only around $1 each to make!

Here's what you'll need to make the puffy flower-like necklace:
  • A necklace chain (Most of us bought various necklaces from the $1 Jewelry Galore store.)
  • Any material (We used scraps, old shirts, and even jean material.)
  • 1 piece of felt
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Something to use to trace circles (I used this glass to make circles, but the circles really don't need to be perfect.)

Step one:
Cut out 1-5 felt circles depending on how many flowers you want to make.

Step two:
Cut out bunches and bunches of material circles (They will be the same size as the felt ones). It takes about 8 material circles for each felt circle.

Step three:
Fold the material circle in half and in half again, but fold it the opposite way so it makes an S shape. When you squeeze it together, it should look like a triangle.

Step four:
Put some hot-glue on the end, and glue it to a felt circle.

Repeat steps three and four until your felt circle is covered.

Once you have all the flowers you want to make, glue them to felt.

Cut out the felt so its not showing, and glue your necklace chain to the felt.

Sara's face cracks me up.

Here's how you make necklace number 2.

  • A REALLY long necklace chain.
  • Shower-curtain rings
  • Scrap material
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun

Step one:
Open a shower-curtain ring, and put it on the necklace
Sorry, this picture doesn't show the ring opened, but hopefully, you get the idea.

Step two:
Cut a long strip of material, and wrap the ring.

Repeat step one and two for however many rings you want. Connect the last ring with your necklace.

Finally, here's a couple of pictures from our girls night.

Michelle modeling her necklace

Sitting around the table       

Carla was super excited

Lauren decided to make sweater bracelets instead of necklaces. They turned out super-cute! All she did was buy cheap bangle bracelets and wrap them in material from old shirts or sweaters. She hot-glued it on the inside of the bracelet. Great idea!

You can also check out the Pinterest tutorials for these two necklaces. (Necklace 1) (Necklace 2)

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  1. AHhh! I love your $1 necklaces!!! I'm your newest follower and would love if you joined us over at Sew Woodsy and link this up!

  2. Cute necklaces! I love how they really jazz up a simple outfit.

  3. Thanks Katie! There's so many cute ideas on your link-up. I'm a new fan! I'm so glad you stopped by.

    Amy, Thank you! They're so cheap and easy to make too! Also, I'm looking forward to checking out your blog again for more recipes.

  4. These are so cute! Love the shower curtain ring idea! I found you via Blue Cricket Design Party.....and I posted a necklace almost just like yours! LOL! Great minds, right?! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Shona, your necklace and rings were so cute! I'm so going to make some of those hairpins too!