Head over to CRAFT and check out my quick tutorial for making this fabric pendant necklace. Quite a few of you have asked where I got the frame. I bought it from this Etsy shop, but I would love to find a shop that sells these in sterling silver.
Update: This project was originally created by Brittni Mehlhoff of papernstitch. I asked her to contribute to this DIY series and she obliged with this wonderful tutorial. What she did not realize is that the original Anthropologie version of this necklace is actually a handmade piece created by Fort Standard. So while we hope that you will continue to draw inspiration from the world around you, we would discourage making an exact copy of an artist’s work, even for personal use. Brittni has decided to remove the tutorial to further discourage this. Thanks for your understanding.
This series has apparently created a good deal of controversy, which you can read about here.
Brittni Mehlhoff is the founder and curator of the art + handmade exhibition site, papernstitch, and is also the editor of a handmade blog by the same name. When not working on papernstitch, she is dreaming up fun little tutorials and crafting projects for her home. You can visit her free diy projects and tutorials section for more than sixty quick and easy projects. And while you are there, you can also sign up to receive free weekly diy projects straight to your inbox.
Last week my daughter’s kindergarten class had a fundraiser at school that they call “Kindercollectibles” where they sell baked goods and small toys to kids throughout the school. This year they raised money for a local organization that helps the homeless. So it was a good lesson in charity, math and economics. The big hit of the sale were these brilliant lego necklaces that one of the mothers made. Holly has agreed to share her process with you, so here she is:
Last summer when my daughter and I were in Cambridge, Maryland, we went to this cute shop, Sunny Side Shop, and found these cute Lego necklaces. We got pink ones. I was wearing it one day at drop off and the kindergarten boys all ran up to me and went crazy over this pink lego necklace. The teacher asked me if I would be willing to make some by the end of the year to sell at the school’s kindercollectibles market.
I started looking into it and found out that I could make these for about $3.00 a piece. Then, when the teacher asked me to make a couple hundred, I got busy and tried to find a cheaper way. I got them down to $1.91 a piece. I had paid somewhere between $8 – $12 for mine last summer.
Where I really started shaving off the cost of my materials is when I found Bricklink. You can go on there and find legos that are less than $.01 (a penny!!!). So we just stayed with the basic 2×2 lego brick in cool colors for this school project. To be really creative, you could build colors together, use different shapes.
This was a project we were supposed to do together. My daughter could help with some, but not all of the assembly. I did not want her dealing with the epoxy, so I did that myself. I also cut the ball chain in 16″ links, and I had to affix the fastener (she tried, but could not). My daughter did thread the lego onto the chain. She was so proud when we took the necklaces in to school.
Things I considered when getting my materials together:
1. You have to get a bail that has an opening big enough for the ball chain and one where the flat part has enough surface area to hold the glue and affix to the lego itself. I think the best is one big enough to also reach the middle of the back of the lego so you have that surface area contact.
2. I found these cute paw bails that were cuter for kids than the fancier, more expensive classic looking bail.
3. I thought Home Depot would have the ball chain and fasteners cheaper, but they did not even carry them in bulk like Ace did. I bet you can even find that stuff cheaper somewhere.
Thanks, Holly! What a great idea. I think these would be a wonderful party favor or birthday gift for kids (and adults) of all ages. If you aren’t feeling up to making these, there are quite a few sellers on Etsy who sell some version of a Lego necklace.
It’s time I posted about something grown-up. I rarely wear jewelry as it just seems like an extravagance to me. But now my younger daughter has reached the age when she’s not pulling the earrings out of my ears, so I’ve been thinking about it. Mostly just admiring from afar. I love the glass jewelry that’s everywhere these days. Here are some pieces in fall colors that I found particularly beautiful (click on image for link):
Glass artist everlasting glass in Brooklyn creates beautiful designs from fused and lampwork glass at reasonable prices ($40 for pair pictured below):
A bit more of an investment are these Ananda Khalsa pieces that seem to be getting a lot of worthy praise. Each high-quality piece contains an original painting (ring $280, necklace $370, also available in just silver).
Feminine and affordable, these Ellerue acorn earrings below are just $14:
I could never pull these off, but aren’t these Alisha Louise earrings gorgeous? And customizable — you pick the enamel colors ($88).
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