Consider April the month of preparedness, and since we all know the crushing disappointment and shame of forgetting Mother’s Day, we’re going overboard to make sure you’ve got the perfect gift, regardless of your timeline. Now, making jewelry is sort of a nostalgic pastime of mine. Mostly because, like many of the other “skills” we’ve showcased on The Party Girl, it was something I picked up as a hobby during a time in my youth I like to call “Drive My Mother Insane”.
I recycled hobbies like nobody’s business. I did dance (like all forms, and I have ZERO coordination, although it was all worth it for a Flintstone’s number I got to wear at age 4, just saying), and art, and painting (which was different apparently) and circus school (no joke), and gymnastics, and swimming, and sewing, and of course, baking. But jewelry was a lucrative adventure. By seventh grade I was making those string friendship bracelets at factory level speed and peddling them to my classmates. I had two-for-one pricing. I was the Tiffany’s of the playground, with $0.99 coloured twine. Anyways, let’s just say after a few months of misguided attempts with wire, I moved on. I think it was horseback riding. Regardless, my supplies have had a home in all my grown up apartments (to Justin’s chagrin I’m sure) and came in SUPER handy when we came up with the EASIEST Mother’s Day project ever: a faux-pearl necklace.
- faux pearls
- wire (and wire cutters if it’s strong)
- crimping beads and crimping pliers (but if you don’t have those lying around regular pliers work okay!)
- needle-nose pliers
- gold chains
- a fastener
- metal clasp/circles (I don’t know what these are called, but they’re the little circles you close a necklace with)
That’s basically it, AND you can get it all at Michaels for less then $5. I know because that’s what I did. That’s right people. Today’s stunner of a Mother’s Day gift is UNDER $5. #thrify
First, cut a piece of wire and thread it through your faux pearls the way you want them to look. Leave about an inch on either side. Add a crimping bead on either side of your end pearls and use the crimping pliers to “close” the bead. This will stop your pearls from slipping around. If your beads are large like mine you may need a smaller pearl to plug the hole of the pearl so the crimping bead doesn’t go through. These are a dime a dozen at Michael’s too!
Add a small closer clasp (those circle things I was talking about) at the end of each gold chain. Since I used double strands I attached the bottom of each chain to one circle, so four “chains” total on two circles.
Then wrap your wire ends around the circle to attach your pears to the gold chain. Add a fastener and a circle to the other ends of your gold chains and you’re done!
And that’s it! It really is that easy. It’s inexpensive but super pretty (and I’m not being cocky, I wore it today and got so many compliments, I don’t know how I’ll give it up to my mom now), and it took less than half an hour to make. In fact, I made this one while watching Friends on Netflix. Yup.
These techniques work just as well on regular jewelry too, so don’t feel like you have to use faux pearls (I’m just in a stage, plus they match EVERYTHING). Get lost in the bead section at the craft store you’ve never had the guts to explore before. And tell us what you made!
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