4.20.2010

Fun flower statement necklace

I'm in love with the necklace I made for last week's formal event {see previous post}. Here's the breakdown:
Supplies needed:
Floral pin/broach
Red fabric (1/4 yard is plenty)
Leopard fabric (1 sheet of leopard felt is what I used)
Chain necklace - preferably with larger links
Felt backing
Hot glue gun
Pliers
Scissors
I should have taken step-by-step pics, but I didn't -- so here's a short narrative of the process:
For the red flowers - use the old 'twist and turn' method. Cut a strip of fabric approx 1.5in x 24 in. {the longer the strip, the larger the fabric} I tie a knot at the end, then start to fold the fabric under approx 90 degrees, wrap it around about a 1/4 or 1/8 of the knot then glue in place. Repeat the folding, twisting, wrapping, gluing steps until flower is to desired length.
For leopard fabric flower - Cut one scalloped circle to the desired size of flower, then 4 slightly smaller scalloped circles. Fold the smaller flowers in half, then lay them the way you would fold a box w/o packing tape. Here's an example if this doesn't make sense.
I sewed some beads to the center of my flowers, but you could use buttons or anything else your craft mind can come up with.
Lay the flowers on top of the felt backing the way you want them to be positioned on the necklace, trace around them, then cut that shape out slightly smaller. Hot glue/pin/sew your flowers to the felt backing.
Using pliers, I separated the chain into two equal pieces. After a couple of attempts to open the links and poke them through the felt backing, I decided to just hot glue the chains in place. I cut little circles of the felt to put on top of the hot glue and chain to make it look better.
VOILA -- you get a super fun statement necklace! My supplies cost me $8.00 from Hobby Lobby. Some of you probably have most of these items on hand!
For the record, I'm wearing a strapless dress in the above picture.

8 comments:

  1. Very cute and very funky. Love it. Thanks for clarifying about the strapless dress (haha). I assumed that, but it is nice to know for sure.

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  2. That turned out really cute. I love the colors.

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  3. I love it! I bet it looked great with the strapless dress!

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  4. Super cute - Love the fabric combinations!!

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  5. Hi! I still love this necklace! I'd love for you to check out Flower Week @ Singing Three Little Birds. http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/05/flower-week-linky-party.html

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