I have just embarked on my jewelry making career, and I can safely say that I’m already hooked.
And because this week – the last week of the One Item Challenge – focuses on ribbon, I’m even more thrilled to show off this project!
It was when I was visiting a friend’s house (at a jewelry party, no less) just this past weekend, that I was struck with the realization that I could now knock-off retail jewelry pieces. I was incredible inspired by this revelation… especially when I saw these pieces from the Stella and Dot girls’ collection.
These two pieces are lovely – and perfect for little girls. I studied them… considered them… and then marched home to make them myself.
To make this super-simple knock-off, you will need:
– satin ribbon (3/8″ in wide)
– assorted faux pearls (be mindful of the width of the holes in the pearls – larger is better)
– a large needle (I used a yarn darning needle – I think that a sail/canvas needle would work as well)
– a charm (optional)
– long-nosed jewelry pliers
To start, thread the ribbon through the needle. You should double the length of ribbon that you think you would like the necklace to be. (i.e. if you think the necklace should be 12″, then cut 24″ of ribbon)
Here’s the part where you may need a bit of muscle. Depending on the size of the holes in your pearls, you may have to use some oomph to get the pearls onto the ribbon. Just grab the needle with your pliers so that you have a firm grip. Then pull the pearl onto the ribbon.
Start by placing the largest beads in the center of the ribbon, tying a tight knot between each bead.
Work your way up one half of the necklace. Once you’ve completed that side (the number of beads is up to you – I chose to add 6 beads off of a center bead for a four year old. If your kidlet is older, you may want to add a few more beads on each side), then thread the needle with the other side of the ribbon and create a symmetrical pattern to the side you’ve just completed.
Looking at the inspiration piece, I saw the large rhinestone number positioned on the right hand side of the necklace. I wanted this necklace to be more simple, a bit more every-day-wear.
I decided instead to add a little charm to the necklace. This “L” is one of Martha’s charms from her jewelry line – so sweet!
And here is the necklace – a simple, yet elegant little number.
I love that it’s strung on ribbon, which means that it would be nearly impossible to have the necklace break, and pearls clatter to the floor.
The “clasp” is also very simple. Just a quick bow (or a double-knot, for the fidgety types), and the necklace is slipped on. The length can be easily adjusted!
I think that this necklace will be a perfect addition to Lila’s Christmas dress. And I’m actually considering slipping some beads onto the black ribbon for me! How lovely would this be over a long sweater or a sharp black top?
What’s best about this piece is that it’s easy! Jewelry novices can tackle this without much difficulty.
The ribbon inspiration doesn’t stop here!
Check out the amazing projects by these fabulous bloggers:
Shauna at Satori Design for Living
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
So sweet! I love the initial detail.
Thank you so much, Steph! So does Lila! 😉
Shauna @ Satori Design for Living
So smart to do it yourself! I have an aunt who makes jewelry and I send her pics of what I want and she does it for a fraction of the cost of retail (and even makes some money off me too)! This is going to look so precious on your daughter, and I would totally rock the black and white one you’re talking about!
Thanks for participating over the past few weeks. It has been fun! xo, Shauna
That’s fabulous that you can get knock-offs from your aunt! I’m not quite there yet, but I hope to be! I am definitely going to try out the black one – Lila loves her necklace!
How pretty! Makes me wish I had a little girl in my life, but I”m pretty sure I could never get Jacob interested in wearing this!!
It might be a tough sell there! But I am thinking that grown-up versions of this necklace might be fun!
Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook
Love this necklace! Great job!
Thank you so much, Sabrina!
I have masses of ribbon and it has never occurred to me to actually use it for this. Great idea!
You’ll have to let me know if you try it!
Dani @ lifeovereasy
Great job Tara! I actually enjoy making jewelry, and nothing beats the simpler projects. I’m sure your daughter will love this.
Oh, I couldn’t agree with you more! Simple is awesome!
My kidlet already loves it. She’s modeled it many times! 🙂
Love this Tara… may have to make a couple for my girls!
Oh, let me know if you do – I want to see pictures! (And I have some tips!)
Very pretty, jewellery making is addictive you’ll have more than you can wear before you know it 🙂
It’s sooo addictive, Mel. I’m already starting to hoard ideas (and beads, and findings…)
I love these! I guess it would work with other types of beads as well. The little knots between the pearls just make it! 🙂
Thank you very much, Carolyn. I think that you could get really colourful with the beads too… I haven’t tried it yet, but there are some beads I have stashed away that just might work!
I’m dropping by from the Inspire Me Monday link party. This is such a precious idea of something to make for a girl! I love it!
I have a link party that I am trying to grow. It is Grandma Ideas Sharing Time at http://grandmaideas.com. It runs from Wednesday 12:00 a.m. through Friday night at midnight (Mountain Daylight Time). I think my readers would love this idea as much as I do. I encourage you to share this — and a couple of other ideas, too.
I hope to see you there.
Thank you so much for stopping in, Nina! I’ll do my best to pop in! 🙂
Absolutely adorable!!! Love it. Love that it’s easy to make and looks so pretty!!!
XOXO Thanks for stopping by the party! So happy to have you joining in!
So smart. So cute. Thanks for sharing with the #homemattersparty. We have the most creative guests this week!
Debi @ Surroundings by Debi
I am headed out to find beads to create this necklace for my granddaughter! What a sweet little gift. Thank you for joining us at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! Stop by today where I have featured you on my Tuesday Treasures from the hop!
Where did you get the sweet letters for the necklace