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DIY Tutorial: Dreaming of Spring Statement Necklace

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Diy flower necklace

With “blizzaster,” the polar vortex, and temperatures colder than Mars’, let’s just say I am a tad bit fed up by winter, and how it constrains my outfits to giant pile of layers in (unsuccessful) attempt to not freeze my face off.

For today’s DIY, I decided I wanted to create a statement necklace that hints at spring weather, while still being something you could wear in winter. Clear collar necklaces have been really big lately, so I wanted to play on that trend as well. Read on to learn how to make your own:

Materials:

Materials DIY Spring Necklace

  • Clear vinyl
  • Floral stems (I ended up choosing ones that feature “crystal” petals, because they remind me of ice and snowflakes)
  • Ribbon (I chose a nude)
  • Hole punch tool
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Step One:

Step 1.1 DIY Spring Necklace

Step 1.2 DIY Spring Necklace

Step 1.3 DIY Spring Necklace

Disassemble the floral stems. For the stems I had, I simply unwrapped the foil and pulled the individual pieces from the main stem. For more stubborn pieces, simply chop them from the main stem using wire cutters.

Step Two:

Step 2.1 DIY Spring Necklace

Step 2.2 DIY Spring Necklace

Cut out the base for your necklace. I wanted a half-moon-esque shape, so I first cut a half-circle, then trimmed it to my liking. A helpful step here is to draft the necklace base – sketch it onto scrap paper and use measuring tape to find out exact measurements.

*Pro-tip: fold the vinyl in half and cut out 1/2 of the shape for perfect symmetry! 

Step Three:

Step Three DIY Spring Necklace

Using the smallest hole setting, punch a hole in the vinyl where you want a flower to go. The only limitation to this is stay away from the ends of the necklace… I’ll tell you more on about that in step nine.

Step Four:

Step Four DIY Spring Necklace

“Thread” the floral stem through the hole made in step three.

Step Five:

Step 5.1 DIY Spring Necklace

Step 5.2 DIY Spring Necklace

To secure, simply twist the stem into a spiral loop bigger than the hole made in step three. Trim any excess.

Step Six:

Repeat steps 3-5 until you get a design to your liking!

Step Seven:

Step Seven DIY Spring Necklace

Now, we don’t want to get poked by the stabby wire ends when wearing the necklace, so add a blob of hot glue onto the spiral loop, making sure to cover any pointy ends; this helps “cushion” the wire nubs and further secures each flower.

Step Eight:

Step 8.1 DIY Spring Necklace

Step 8.2 DIY Spring Necklace

I wanted to add leaves as well, since I really liked the look of the silver “stems.” To do this, nest the leaves near other charms. Next, nest the base of the stem underneath another floral charm. To secure, simply hot glue the stem base underneath the floral charm, as shown above.

Step Nine:

Step Nine DIY Spring Necklace

Almost done! Choose the largest hole setting on the tool, and punch out a large hole on either end of the necklace.

Step Ten:

Step Ten DIY Spring Necklace

Cut two really long lengths of ribbon. (I like to cut an extremely long ribbon first, then chop it in half to make sure I get two equal pieces.)

Step Eleven:

Step Eleven DIY Spring Necklace

Loop each ribbon through the hole from step nine, then double knot it and trim any excess ribbon.

Step Twelve:

Step Twelve DIY Spring Necklace

To wear, simply tie the ribbon into a bow.

Feedback please:

Do you love winter, or you just can’t wait for spring like me? What do you think of this DIY (is it fabulous/silly/overdone?)? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see the tutorial for? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on January 17, 2014 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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4 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Dreaming of Spring Statement Necklace”

  1. 1
    January 17th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    This necklace is so unique and adventurous! I’ll definitely try something similar soon. :)

  2. 2
    January 17th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    where did you get those flowers? love them Very pretty!!!

  3. 3
    January 17th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Very interesting piece! I think it’d be cool to feature these pieces on yourself or a model to see how they look on people rather than your mannequin

  4. 4
    January 18th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    @Juliana: Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. I would absolutely love to see your version when you are done!

    @Maria: Thanks! I got the flower stems at Jo-ann Fabrics, but I’m sure you can find similar ones on the Internet.

    @Katie: Thank you! I totally agree with you too, but I can never get the angle right when I’m taking a selfie, and sometimes my models are all unavailable to me D: I’ll try harder to photograph the pieces on people, thank you for the suggestion!

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