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It’s time once again to climb aboard The Creative Carousel.
For the month of October, The Creative Carousel chose Handmade Christmas Gifts.
Here’s the lineup of tutorials for the week:
Tuesday–Tam at Sew Dang Cute Crafts
Wednesday– Kristyn at Lil’ Luna
Thursday– Amanda at Every Creative Endeavor
Friday– Alison at Oopsey Daisy
Saturday–Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous
Sunday– Kara at Creations by Kara
See who it is Tuesday? Yup, me.
And yes, it is Tuesday, so my tutorial is below.
Now on to my tutorial:
I’ll be honest here, this was a difficult one for me. My first thought was to make something for my kids. I didn’t want to make something just for the sake of making it. I wanted to make something my kids would actually use and like.
I’ve got another confession. I love jewelry – a lot. I really love the personalized jewelry. I’ve seen all the jewelry supplies in craft stores before, but I’ve never been brave enough to try making my own.
I decided to give it a whim, and made these monogrammed necklaces for my little girls.
I know, I know. Many of you probably already know how to do this, and this isn’t by any means an original tutorial. However, it was new for me (and maybe for some of you reading this). So this is how I did it.
I went to Hobby Lobby when jewelry stuff was 50% off and picked up the following to make 2 necklaces:
- (2) 18” chains = $2.47
- 1 pkg of the circular charms (there were two in it, but I’d already made one necklace when I took this picture) = $1.00
- (2) Pearl charms = $1.47
Total = $5
Which means each necklace only cost me $2.50! Sweet!!!
To stamp the initial on the circular charm, I grabbed my stamping set that I picked up a couple of years ago at Harbor Freight for maybe $5.
This must be done on a hard surface. Position the letter in the desired location on the charm, then pound away.
Yes that is a Handy Manny hammer. My two-year old was helping me while my girls were at school.
Plus it’s really hard to hold the stamping tool and imitate hammering while taking the picture.
Ok, so you should get something like this after hammering.
Next grab a black Sharpie marker and fill the letter in.
Then take a wipe, wet cloth, paper towel, etc. and wipe the surface to get the excess marker off.
Place the monogrammed circular charm and pearl charm on the necklace chain and you now have personalized jewelry made by YOU!
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