Wednesday, April 11, 2012

DIY: Hemp and Pearl Necklace

For my wedding, I was on the search for jewelry for my girls. My sister-in-law is allergic to some metals, so my job became a little more interesting.

 I found a necklace at the jewelry store I liked for $200...ya, didn't want to go for that! My friend Cindy got us a necklace, earrings, and bracelet for her wedding for $1. I was determined to find something I liked for not too much and that my sister-in-law could wear again if she ever chose.

The same friend, sent me a bracelet in the mail, and this bracelet became my inspiration for the necklaces that I made.

I have to admit that I was a little unsure about whether the girls would like them. How often do we wear jewelry from a wedding for that day and then only wear them a few more times? So, I decided to go with what I wanted.

Here are the girls in their necklaces at our wedding.

I bought this hemp at Walmart. I started out with some jute that was three strands in one. It unraveled way too much. This hemp worked great!

I also got some brown ribbon, fishing line, pearls, and a button.

I started out by making a loop big enough to fit over the button, but tight enough that it just slipped over the button.

I then strung the pearls on the fishing line. The holes were too small in the pearls to use either the jute or ribbon, so the fishing line became my alternative.

I then tied a not a few inches down that connected all three things strands.

I repeated the pearls and knots until I got to the desired length. I tried to make all the sections the same size.

I tied one last knot on the end, then slid on the button and tied a few knots to hold the button in place.

I then put some clear fingernail polish on the knots to help hold them in place.

Here is the finished product!

I really like how they turned out and pulled in all the elements for my wedding. I also liked that it wasn't just like everyone else had. It was my own. There is just something about that!

If you don't want to take the time to make one of these yourself, I have two for sale here and here.


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