DIY Clay Fruit Slice Necklace

DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | Revamperate DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | RevamperateHappy Friday! Let’s jump right in to a new DIY, if you don’t mind. This clay fruit slice necklace is a surprisingly quick project, and I thought it would be fun that we’re inching into spring. The most difficult part is painting, but luckily, it’s really just as easy as painting triangles. Customize with your favorite colors for different types of fruit. I went with orange because it’s just want I had that I thought what look best. You can also mix and match with your preferred chain colors. 

DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | Revamperate DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | RevamperateTime: 25 minutes

Supplies:

  • White clay
  • Thin necklace chain
  • 4 matching jump rings
  • 1 matching clasp
  • Round nose pliers 
  • White paint
  • Orange paint (or other color)
  • Small paint brush
  • Craft knife

First, preheat your oven according to clay instructions. 

On an even surface, roll out the clay until it is about 1/4 inch thick. With the craft knife, cut a half circle about 2 inches wide (use a stencil if you need to). With the end of a very small paint brush, poke clear holes into the top corners of the half circle. These will be for the jump rings later. 

Bake the clay according to the package instructions. Remove and let cool.

With a pencil, lightly outline the fruit design onto one side of the clay (I chose the smoothest side). Use small paint brushes to fill in the outlines with orange and white paint and let dry. Paint a second coat and let dry completely. 

DIY Fruit Slice Necklace | RevamperateMeasure the necklace chain around your neck to your desired length and cut. Then cut in half. Use the round nose pliers to attach jump rings to all four ends of the pieces of chain. Attach two sides to the holes in the clay fruit slice. Then attach the clasp to one opposite end (usually you’d want this on your right when putting it on). Now your necklace is fully assembled! Happy crafting!

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DIY Leather Fringe Necklace

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | Revamperate DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateHappy Friday! Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? I think I’ll be playing catch-up after spending last weekend in San Diego. 

Today, I’m really excited to share another jewelry tutorial for this really fun (and easy) necklace to make. I mean, who doesn’t love playing with leather? I had to buy a pretty large piece and only needed a tiny portion for this project, so I’ll be dreaming up some other leather ideas in the coming weeks. 

As you can see from the photos, I used a different color pin than the chain and jump rings, and that was on purpose because I thought it would blend in better with the leather. Looking back at it now, I would have used all the same color metal though. Also consider how the colors of the leather and chain will coordinate together when choosing your supplies. 

This is an easy tutorial to follow with some basic supplies, and even thought I specify a sewing machine, you could absolutely hand sew it if you want. In fact, hand sewing it might even ensure that you have a straighter line. 

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateDIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateTime: 10 minutes

Supplies:

  • Leather scraps
  • Necklace chain
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 pin
  • Scissors 
  • Sewing machine + thread
  • Round nose pliers

First measure your necklace chain. I set this DIY up so that there would not be a necklace clasp because of the length of the necklace. If you choose to make a shorter necklace, you will want to adjust these instructions and add a clasp. To measure your necklace chain, place it around your neck with one end of the chain in each hand, and decide how long you want it to be – it should be long enough to fit over your head without a clasp. Cut the chain to your desired length (about 2 1/2 feet for me).

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | Revamperate DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateUsing the round nose pliers, make a loop at the end of the pin. Then attach the jump rings to the ends of the chain and to the ends of the pin. 

Cut a piece of leather about 3 x 1.5 inches. When folded over the pin, it should fit perfectly between each end ring. Fold in half along the shorter side and cut the corners into a triangle shape (like the above photo). Fold the leather over the pin and adjust it so that both sides line up. 

With your sewing machine, carefully sew a straight line across the leather as close to the pin as possible. No need to backstitch. Trim the excess thread. 

DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | Revamperate DIY Leather Fringe Necklace | RevamperateThen use your scissors to cut fringe up the leather, about 2-3 centimeters apart. Once you’re satisfied with the fringe the necklace is complete!

Happy crafting!

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | RevamperateContinuing on with my copper obsession, I’ve been updating some of the items in our newly redesigned (!!!) office space with some copper spray paint. I can’t wait to share the final redesign in about a month! 

I spent some time going through our office closet to purge some supplies or find ways to use items I hadn’t touched in a while. That included my supply of copper refrigerator pipe. Thinking of ways to use it, I decided it would be perfect for making a necklace with different layers of pipe. 

It turned out to be a very quick project, and I was really happy with the outcome! Honestly, the hardest part of this DIY is just waiting for the glue to dry. To make it as easy as possible, I recommend using a pipe cutter like this one to cut the refrigerator pipe. It makes it SO much easier and it keeps the ends clean. 

DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | Revamperate DIY Layered Copper Pipe Pendant Necklace | RevamperateTime: 10 minutes 

Supplies:

Cut the refrigerator pipe into five 1 1/2-inch pieces. To keep each pipe the same size, I recommend marking each 1 1/2 inch with a dot of ink before cutting. If the ends are jagged, sand them down until smooth, but they should be smooth if you use a pipe cutter.

Cut the string string to about 3 1/2 feet. It’s better to overestimate the length. 

Thread the first piece of pipe onto the string so that it’s approximately in the middle. Thread the next piece onto one side, and then thread the other side of the string through the same piece of pipe. Repeat with all pieces of pipe. You should now have five layered pieces of pipe that sit right on top of each other.

Using you round nose pliers, add jump rings to each cord end, and attach the clasp to one jump ring. 

Trim the string again to your desired necklace length and glue the ends of the string to the cord ends. Because the string will probably be thinner than the cord ends, you may need to fold the end of the string to fit more snuggly into the metal piece. Allow to dry completely before wearing. 

It holds up pretty well as long as the glue dried completely, and if the copper dulls, you can shine it up with a good cleanser. If you’re as obsessed with copper pipe as I am, you can also check out my copper pipe bracelet and copper pipe magazine rack.

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5-Minute DIY Wrapped Copper Pipe Bracelet

DIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | Revamperate DIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | RevamperateCopper pipe is a favorite lately, and it’s quickly become a staple in my craft closet. So far, I’ve used copper pipe to make a magazine rack, and I’ve got a lot of other ideas up my sleeve. When I was home visiting family a while back, I was telling my dad about my newest copper pipe obsession and mentioned I was looking to get some refrigerator pipe for a couple projects. Lucky for me, he had a ton of it! That’s the benefit of having a handy dad – he always has little tools and supplies I need so I don’t always have to buy things. 

I used that refrigerator pipe to make this copper pipe bracelet. It’s incredibly easy to make – seriously, it’s the easiest jewelry tutorial ever. And yes, you want to use refrigerator pipe, not plumbing pipe to make this bracelet because of how easily it bends. 

DIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | RevamperateDIY Copper Pipe Bracelet | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1/4 inch copper refrigerator pipe 
  • Pipe cutter (hacksaw also works) 
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Round object like a spray paint can, etc. 

Depending on the size of your wrist, cut the pipe to be about 5-6 inches. I have very small wrists, so make sure you adjust the size to fit your own.

I used a pipe cutter, which made a pretty clean cut. If you don’t have one, you can use something like a hacksaw, in which case you’ll probably want to use sandpaper to clean up the cut edge. Luckily, the thin pipe will still cut quickly and easily. 

Refrigerator pipe bends easily, so you can do all of the work with your hands. Placing the middle of the pipe over a spray paint can (or something similar), begin bending it around the can. Once you’ve started the bend, it’s a bit easier to wrap it around the can. Then remove it from the can and continue bending around your wrist to make sure it fits. Once you’re satisfied with the fit of the copper, you’re done! If it’s tough to get on or off, you can just bend it slightly to loosen or tighten it as needed. 

It’s simple, but it makes a perfect addition to any outfit. Just remember to shine it up as needed to keep the copper looking great! Happy crafting!

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DIY Tassel Earrings

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Hey, happy Monday! I’ve been having a lot of fun with jewelry DIYs lately and today’s tutorial was the perfect quick fix. I tend to have those evenings where I’m sitting at home watching TV and suddenly get the urge to make something. These homemade tassel earrings sort of just happened one night out of boredom, and they turned out to be a fun end-of-summer accessory! 

These DIY tassel earrings are incredibly easy to make and only require a few cheap supplies. You can make them in every single color you want using embroidery floss! Embroidery floss is one the most under-appreciated craft supplies, but it’s incredibly useful for a variety of projects. This happens to be one of my favorites, but I also used embroidery floss recently to make this ombre string wrapped frame

I don’t know why, but I really love this photo! When I make Andrew take photos of me for projects like this, it’s hard to always stay serious and smile on cue, so we end up making fun of TV photo photoshoots where people say stuff like “act like a lion” and end up laughing with lots of outtakes of me making weird faces, and I just thought this one turned out to be a cool, more candid shot. 

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Time: 10 minutes

Supplies:

  • Embroidery floss
  • Dangling earring hardware 
  • 2 large jump rings 
  • Round nose pliers 
  • Scissors 

The great thing about embroidery floss is that it’s the perfect size to make tassels! This is the easiest way you could ever make them, and because embroidery floss comes in pretty much every color under the rainbow, the possibilities are endless. Leave the labels intact around the string so that the tassels are easier to make. 

With your round nose pliers, pry open the jump rings, loop them into each end of the string (the tops of your tassels), and attach them to the bottom of the dangling earring hardware. Then close the rings tightly. 

Remove the labels from the embroidery floss. 

Cut two 2-inch pieces of string from the small packet of string, preferable from each end so that you’re cutting an even amount of string off each side, and leave the rest intact. Tie each piece tightly around each end of the embroidery floss, leaving about a half-inch loop (where the jump rings are). When each end is secure, carefully cut right down the middle of the pack of embroidery floss so that it separates into two equal-sized tassels. Use your scissors to even out the pieces as needed. 

That’s all there is to it! The hardest part might be getting the jump rings attached to the tassels because it’s a small space to work with, but as long as you take your time, it will happen. Happy crafting!

PS – beware of cats….they really like dangling earrings, especially when they’re made with string 🙂 

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DIY Clay Cactus Ring Holder

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All aboard the cactus train! Somehow cacti are all the rage right now, and I’m not really sure how that happened but I’m happy to get on board and start sharing some fun cactus DIYs with you guys. First though, since we’re already on the subject, have you ever had cactus water?! I tried some when I was at Renegade LA and woah, it was surprisingly good. If you ever come across some cactus water, you should totally try it. When I had it, it was pink and tasted a tiny bit fruity, and it was nice and refreshing on a hot day.

So for today’s DIY, I made a clay cactus ring holder for you to store several of your rings! I’m really enjoying working with clay more often, and I’ve gotten a lot better at working with it. An important thing about clay that I learned, specifically polymer clay, is that you need to keep it sealed when you’re not using it because it will dry out. I had that problem the last time I tried to make something, and my clay kept crumbling because it was too dry. Moral of the story: always keep your clay sealed for safe keeping. 

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Time: 20 minutes + baking time

Supplies:

  • Polymer clay, white  
  • Green paint (2 shades recommended)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Clear acrylic spay paint, glossy 

First, separate a piece of clay that, when balled, mine was about 3 inches wide. Divide the piece in half and set one aside. With one piece, mold the clay into a cone that is about 2 inches tall, and the wider bottom is about 1 inch wide. Set aside and begin molding 2/3 of the second piece of clay into an arm of the cactus, curving up slightly and rounding at the end. Use the remaining piece of clay to make the other, smaller arm. Carefully attach the arms to each side of the original cone by pressing and shaping the end of the arm into the the cone. Take your time and smooth our your edges as much as you can. 

Set the clay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake according to your clay’s directions, generally 275 degrees for about 10 minutes until the clay is firm. Remove and let the clay cool completely before painting. 

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Paint the entire cactus with your darker colored green paint. Once dry, paint a second coat if necessary. Then use the lighter green and a very thin paintbrush to paint tiny spikes around the cactus. Let the paint dry completely and finish it off by spaying the clay with clear glossy spray paint to give it a shiny that makes it appear more like ceramic.

Once the final coat is dry, display your new cactus ring holder anywhere and hang your rings off the side arms or place on the cone. Enjoy! 

DIY Clay Donut Earrings

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Today is a very special day, and not just because it’s Friday. It’s National Donut Day! Being that donuts are one of the best foods ever invented, this is a holiday worth celebrating. You can probably find me waiting in line for hours just for a free donut today (except, sadly, I have to work). In my opinion, every day should be donut day. Anyone else?

Since I can’t spend all day eating donuts, I’m sharing how to make donuts (kind of). I’m sharing how to make clay donut earrings, which are cute, but unfortunately you can’t eat them…sorry to spoil that for ya!

These are super easy to make and I only wrote the time as 20 minutes because you have to wait out some baking and dry time for several layers of paint. Anyone can make these, and the supplies are very inexpensive, so they make really great gifts for the donut lovers in your life.

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Time: 25 minutes + baking time 

Supplies:

  • Polymer clay
  • Cup or rolling pin
  • Straw
  • 1-inch circle cutter (I used a piping tip)
  • Brown paint
  • Pink paint
  • Multiple colors of paint (for the sprinkles!)
  • Fine tip paint brushes
  • E6000 glue
  • Stud earring hardware (2 pins, 2 backs)
  • Clear spray paint (optional)

First thing, preheat the oven to about 275 degrees (or whatever the package of clay says). I’ve attempted this in my toaster oven, and I must admit it’s not the same thing. Even if it’s crazy hot outside, you still need to use the oven. Roll out a small amount clay with a cup or rolling pin until it is about 1/8 inch thick (use your best judgment).

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Then cut two 1-inch circles out of the clay. Use what you have! I actually used a small piping tip to cut mine to the size I wanted. I wouldn’t recommend using larger than an inch or you will have some pretty big earrings, and any smaller would make them very difficult to make. Use a straw to create the center hole, poking it as close to the center as you can. Bake the circles for about ten minutes or until the clay is hard to the touch.

Let it cool and paint each with a coat of brown paint, making sure to get inside of the donut hole too. Let dry and paint a second coat. Then squiggle some light pink paint around it to make the frosting, let dry and paint a second coat. Lastly, use a really fine tip paint brush to create different colored sprinkles (I used five different colors). Let them dry completely, and I’d suggest spraying the painted clay with a clear coat of spray paint to seal them.

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Get excited! Donut earrings are something to be excited about!

Finally, use E6000 glue (I find that it works great for jewelry making) to secure the earring stud to the back of the clay donut. Part of the reason you want the 1-inch donut is so that the earring stud isn’t visible from the front (since there’s obviously a hole in the middle). Give the glue time to dry, and your clay donut earrings are ready to wear! Wear them around or give them away as a cute homemade gift. Happy crafting!

DIY Dresser Knob Jewelry Hanger

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I’ve tried multiple ways to hang my necklaces, and I still find that they get too cluttered and knotted. I never really find what I’m looking for and I don’t want to dig. Eventually, I separated my short and long necklaces, which helped a lot, but I still wanted to storage solution for my long necklaces. So here’s my solution: a dresser knob jewelry hanger. With a piece of precut wood and drawer hardware, I crafted a cute wall hanging piece to hang my necklaces in. If you have a drill, it’s a piece of cake!

Check out the full tutorial over on Cut Out & Keep!

DIY Enamel Dot Earrings

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Have you ever seen those candy dots? Like the actual candy, or even the scrapbooking embellishments that look like candy dots.They’re cute, right? Now, imagine putting those on your ears…you with me? Today I’m sharing how to make your own enamel dot earrings that look just like those colorful little candies and how to make them in virtually any color you want.

I love the look of them because they’re colorful and simple, but best of all, you can make them yourself for next to nothing with some surprising supplies you probably already have in the house. You can make these with a glue gun (seriously) and any and every color of nail polish you desire! The possibilities really are endless because I have 5960267 colors of nail polish.

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Time: 15 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Glue gun + glue sticks
  • Nail polish (I used Essie)
  • Wax paper
  • Earring backs
  • Strong clear glue (I suggest E6000)

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Excuse my incredibly pale-looking face…

Lay down a piece of wax paper and heat up the glue gun. Use the glue gun to make 1/2 inch dots on the paper by carefully releasing glue on top of each other and letting it flatten out on its own. If you try to create a spiral with the glue, it won’t create the same dot-like form as if you just let the glue pile on one spot and even out on its own. Make a whole bunch of little dots and let them dry completely before you choose the best ones.

Chances are you’ll need quite a few enamel dots on your wax paper because it takes a couple tries to get the hang of it and create perfect dots, but you’ll get it quickly. It’s always good to have options!

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Once dry, paint on one layer of nail polish and let dry completely. Then paint a second coat and let dry again. I found that thinner polishes actually worked better and just required a second coat, which I planned on doing anyway. My favorite was Essie brand nail polish (featured here), but I also used a generic Target brand that worked really well.

Once the nail polish is completely dry, peel the dots off of the wax paper. There may be remnants of the nail polish sticking out from the sides. Carefully peel any of those pieces off with your hands so that the edges are clean. The nail polish may make the dots feel tacky.

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Add a dot of clear glue to the middle of the back of the dot and stick down your earring. I used E6000 glue because it’s clear and strong, much like super glue, and it works well for jewelry making in general. I would not recommend using the glue gun because the glue is much too thick. A little bit of E6000 will go a long way. Once the glue has dried, your enamel dot earrings are ready for gifting or wearing!

Because you can make these in any color, they go well with anything and keep your outfit fun and casual. If you make them as a gift, no one will ever believe that you made them yourself – especially using a glue gun and nail polish! Enjoy!

DIY Chain Bracelet

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend – I had such an amazing few days at the Craftcation conference in Ventura, and I can’t wait to go back again next year. I’ve already convinced my mom to come along with me next year since she’s interested in opening her own online business for homemade baby items after she retired. Honestly, I’d recommend the conference to anyone interested in crafts both for fun and for business. It especially appeals to small business owners who sell homemade products, but it’s also a great experience for bloggers like myself. Since I have a pretty unrelated day job, I don’t meet very many people like myself who love crafting and blogging as much as I do, so it’s really refreshing to be around like minded people who actually don’t mind listening to me yap about my blog and my projects (sorry Andrew/coworkers/family!).

I recently made this cute DIY wire chain bracelet with colorful ribbon, and I have to admit, it took me a long time to get around to actually doing it. Then I did it, and thought it was so much easier than I was thinking it would be. Why did I wait so long? I have no idea. As much as I love jewelry, making it myself is somewhat intimidating, so instead of just going for it like I do with many other crafts, I tend to overthink it to the point that I don’t end up doing it. In an effort to actually finish my projects, I went through with this one and was very satisfied with the result! This DIY chain bracelet is great for beginners, and you don’t need any official jewelry making supplies to make it.

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Time:
30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1 large chain
  • 1 piece of ribbon, size based on wrist
  • 1 clasp (matching metal)
  • 2 rings (matching metal)
  • Pliers or wire cutters

First thing’s first – wrap the chain around your wrist twice and note where it measures. Before you cut anything, unwrap the chain and fold the chain in half to the measurement of your wrist. Deduct about 1/2 inch (for the clasp) and wrap the folded chain around your wrist again to ensure the size. Cut with wire cutters or other heavy cutting tool. Doing it this way means you should only be cutting one end and when folded in half, it should still measure tightly around your wrist with enough room for the clasp. If you don’t leave space for the clasp, it will be too big for you. I tend to have this problem with most things because I have tiny wrists!

Based on the size of your newly cut chain, measure double the amount of ribbon. Remember, it’s always better to overmeasure than undermeasure! Starting at one end, tie the ribbon in a solid knot and thread the ribbon through the first opening in the chain. There’s not need to keep the chain folded right now. Thread it over and through the next one and repeat the under-over threading method until you reach the end of the chain, tying a knot when you reach the end. If it’s easier for you, you can tie the two ends together to prevent it from moving as you will want the sides to be even when you attach the rings.

Because this chain bracelet is doubled over, you need to fold it in half to achieve the desired result. At the folded end (no knots and ensuring it’s even on both sides), attach a ring and then attach the clasp to the ring as well. This should give you a clasp attached to the middle of the chain. Then add a ring to the ends of the chain. Both open ends that have knots should fit into the one ring.

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DIY Chain Bracelet | Revamperate
Note, attaching rings around a large chain link bracelet like this is difficult. I used a thin cutting tool to maneuver it open and it took Andrew’s help for me to open it successfully. Depending on your materials, you may be able to do it with your hands, but you can absolutely use something to pry the rings open as long as you’re careful not to cut yourself with anything sharp. Better yet, ask something to help! An extra set of hands goes a long way with prying open jewelry clasps!

With that, you’re done! It’s actually a very easy project. The toughest part is fitting the ring clasps around the large chain link, but once that’s done, you can clasp the bracelet around your wrist and rest assured that your new double chain bracelet looks amazing. Go impress your friends with your new homemade jewelry. Enjoy!