A Celtic heart necklace is the perfect gift to make for Valentine’s Day. While many people use paracord to make the necklace, this technique can also be used with other materials. For example, try it with a knitted i-cord or finger knitted strand. There are all sorts of variations that you can make, just play around and let your imagination be your guide. You’ll also get different results based on how tightly you pull the cords, so play around with that and see if you like a more open heart or a tighter one that doesn’t have holes between the cords. Either way is correct, it just comes down to personal preference and how plyable your material is.
Video by BoredParacord
Here is another variation of the Celtic heart knot.
One of the things that I love about arts and crafts is that there is no limit to the products that can be used to make beautiful crafts. Some of the most beautiful things cost next to nothing and are super easy to make. These glue gun earrings are the perfect example.
Four Front Doors has a great tutorial for how to make these pretty earrings. Can you believe that they are made by painting glue blobs? Who would have thought that glue could be so beautiful.
On top of being easy to make, I also like this project because it doesn’t cost much to make these earrings. A glue gun, paints, earring jump rings and E-6000 glue. The only thing you may not have on hand is a non-stick silicone mat, but I think that you could probably use waxed paper just as easily.
I hope you have fun creating your own glue gun earrings. Make a pair for yourself and as a gift for someone special.
Fashion magazines and runway shows are a great way to get ideas for creating jewelry. You get to see the latest trends and colors and then use those images as the foundation for making a design that is all your own.
Like this beautiful purple crystal necklace from Because I’m Addicted. She pulled her inspiration from the Chanel fashion show and some stunning pieces that were probably worth thousands. But with that vision in mind, she set off to recreate the necklace…the DIY way of course.
How to Make a Raw Crystal Necklace
Be sure to drop by for the complete tutorial and to check out some of her other DIY projects. You won’t be disappointed!
I love free stuff, who doesn’t right? And when it’s something that I’ve been looking for anyway, well then that’s just an extra bonus. That’s why I was so excited when I heard about the Free Class being offered by Craftsy.
Free Online Class From Craftsy
This site is one of my favorites and I think that their classes are top notch. For one day only on May 18th, they will be offering a free class to anyone who signs up on their website. On top of this great offer, Craftsy will be “paying it forward” with a $5,000 donation to DonorsChoose.org. So not only do you get a free class, but you get to help them give back. And best of all? It doesn’t cost you a dime!
Take a Free Online Class
I took the Brioche Knitting class with Nancy Marchant and I really enjoyed it. I think that no matter what your skill level, an online class is a great way to learn new skills, improve your technique, get some great tips and meet lots of other creative folks. I highly recommend it. I’m an advanced knitter, but I’ve never taken a class, or participated in a workshop where I didn’t have fun and learn something new.
Take an old water bottle and turn it into a fun bangle bracelet that you can wear alone, or layer with other bracelets. This is recycling and upcycling at its very best!
How to Make a Water Bottle Bracelet
The premise of this DIY bracelet is that you’ll sandwich some pretty paper between two layers of plastic cut from a water bottle. Finish off the edges with an adhesive tape that holds it all together, but that also adds a pretty contrast to the pattern in the paper.
Supplies for this craft are minimal. You’ll just need some paper, glue, decorative adhesive tape and a water bottle. An inexpensive way to accessorize your outfit. You can make the bangles as thin or as thick as you’d like, so you can create lots of variations for mixing and matching.
Who would think that a little old egg could be the perfect resource for making mosaic jewelry? But as it turns out, eggshells are a great choice for making all sorts of jewelry and crafts. The fragile shells are ideal for creating mosaic designs and when applied to a firm base and sealed for protection, these eggshells transform into beautiful showpieces.
How to Make an Eggshell Bracelet
In this video, Tiffany Windsor shows you how to create a mosaic bracelet using eggshells and alcohol ink for the color. The trick to achieving the color variation is to sand the eggshells once the paint is dry. This way you get less color in some areas and it adds depth and contrast to the design.
Here’s another video showing you how to create an eggshell pendant. This video uses transparent acrylic paint, so you can see the difference between working with paint vs alcohol ink like in the video above. She also shows you a different technique, using a black ink pad, to achieve color contrast and blending.
If you love working with clay, or making beaded jewelry, then you have to see these beautiful handmade beads by Jeannie. She makes these from clay canes, which is a way to mix clay into different colors and designs.
Here are some of her beads and the different color combinations that are included in them. I think that they are just stunning and they give me inspiration to go out and make some for myself.
Make a beautiful beaded cuff bracelet with whatever beads, buttons or stones you’d like to use. Go for a neutral look, or add a bunch of color for a summertime bracelet that will brighten-up any outfit.
These bracelets would make a great Mother’s Day Gift too.
DIY Beaded Cuffs
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