Monday, April 16, 2012

Mesmerized Monday: DIY Bling

It seems that I am in a crafty mood again this week. My attention has been caught by some pretty creative jewellery that we can make ourselves. 

Building Blocks:

Everyone loves Lego and wearing your creation will make it even more fun. 

Image & Idea: Chez Beeper Bebe

Holly over at Chez Beeper Bebe has a fabulous tutorial for making these awesome rings. She actually put the pieces in a cello envelope with the instructions and gave them as Valentines. What a great idea. For very little money you can create your own amazing and ever-modifiable jewels. Download her instructions for rings and necklaces. I am envisioning a cuff link version for Father's Day!

Hair Bling:

I love these jewelled hair clips that are a very inexpensive version of Marc Jacob's very expensive hair clips. I think my daughter and her friends will love making and wearing these. With a little DIY fun you can make your own hair bling.

Images and Idea: Quiet Lion

Materials Needed:

  • polymer clay (FIMO)
  • bobby pins
  • rhinestones
  • paintbrush
  • small cookie cutters
  • clear lacquer
  • super glue and hot glue
  • pasta machine or a rolling pin

The Quiet Lion has amazing directions with lots of photos to keep you on track when making these clips. I'm smiling just picturing the sun reflecting off the rhinestones this summer. It is going to be a bright one!

Hanging Around:

These clay pendants are adorable. Imagine making your own custom ones to wear or give as gifts. This would be a really fun and memorable activity for a birthday party too! FIMO comes in a rainbow of colours so you are not limited to the cream she has used in the photo.

Image & Idea: WhiMSy-Girl

Materials Needed:

  • polymer clay (FIMO)
  • parchment paper
  • rolling pin
  • small round cookie cutter
  • items to embellish - i.e. alphabet stamps, doily, animal stamp, etc.

Nikki's tutorial at WhiMSy-Girl is really easy to follow and again has lots of photos to guide you. There are endless possibilities with this craft.

Popsicle Bracelets:

Can you believe that these beautiful bracelets are made from Popsicle sticks? 

Images & Idea: Craft Affection

On a hot summer's day when everyone has refreshed themselves with a popsicle, gather the sticks and you're off to the races. Okay, I love to recycle but even I would probably use new ones for this project. I might even try a few tongue depressors from work to make them in varied widths. 

Materials Needed:

  • popsicle sticks (the ones in the photo are wavy shaped craft sticks) - have extras
  • water
  • cup
  • modgepodge
  • scraps of scrapbook paper or wrapping paper
  • sandpaper
Tara at Craft Affection has clear instructions for making these. While they are fairly simple, there is a bit of finessing that needs to be done when bending and shaping the sticks in the cup. As she says "be patient and have fun!!! Use your imagination! The possibilities are endless!"

I hope I've inspired you to go out and try your hand at making your own jewellery. I can't wait to get started myself. Until next Monday...

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