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Linked Bead Necklace

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Brooch Ribbon Necklace

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Treat your sisters and girlfriends (and yourself) to jewelry that shimmers with style. Start with a handful of inexpensive costume pieces -- brooches and earrings with openwork designs -- and give them a new-old coppery patina using spray paint. Then link them together and add pretty pink ribbon. No one will guess you didn't break the bank.
Materials
  • Costume brooches (we used 6, about 2 inches wide) or earrings (we used about 5 pairs, 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches wide) with openwork designs, from Bijoux Way
  • Wire cutters
  • Sandpaper
  • Clear nail polish (optional)
  • Copper spray paint
  • Paper towels
  • 1/4-inch jump rings
  • Needlenose pliers
  • 1 1/2-inch-wide silk ribbon, cut into two 24-inch lengths
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Curios Cluster Necklace

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Crafting and DIY, Necklaces
The carefree cool of this anything-goes necklace extends to how you wear it. Tie the bow in the back or off to the side for a funkier finish.
Materials
  • Large crescent template
  • Small crescent template
  • Lightweight gauzy linen, in Open Weave #10, graylinelinen.com
  • Heavyweight linen, in Basket Weave #4, graylinelinen.com
  • Embellishments, such as beads
  • Digital camera
  • Beading needle, sewing needle, and polyester thread
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Two 20-inch ribbons for ties (Ribbon #148, in Gray #131, by Shindo; 212-868-9311)
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Shimmery Lariat Necklace

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Crafting and DIY
With its flowing ribbon ends and spots of sparkle, this necklace can go with a pretty dress or a casual T-shirt.
Materials
  • Magna-Tac glue
  • Two 12-inch pieces of linen twill tape, toptrimming.com
  • Assorted pearl, cube, and bugle beads
  • 36-inch piece of metallic ribbon, in Silver
  • Beading needle and polyester thread
  • Rectangular sequins
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Heart Candy Box

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Painted Sneakers

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Fabric Bird Tree Topper

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Fabric birds tending gold-leaf eggs make a peaceful scene atop your Christmas tree. Give life to their shapes with colorful feathers and beaded trim.
Materials
  • Similar fancy fabrics in contrasting colors and textures (we used brocade, velvet, and wide ribbon), from bandjfabrics.com
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Similar strung glass seed beads (#94364956), by Blue Moon, from createforless.com
  • Beading needle (#34073645), from createforless.com
  • Curved upholstery needle (#65011152), by Dritz, from createforless.com
  • Similar feathers (#60732497), from createforless.com
  • White craft glue
  • Black glass seed beads (#54932102), by Mill Hill, from createforless.com
  • 20-gauge floral wire (#01493122), from createforless.com
  • Gold-leafed or spray painted eggs
  • Similar nest (#09765871), from createforless.com
  • Felt bird template
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Decorative Planters

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