How to Make a Celtic Heart Necklace

How to Make a Celtic Heart Knot


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.


Tutorial by TyingItAllTogether

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Easy Glue Gun Earrings

Glue Gun Earrings

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.

Glue Gun Earrings

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.

Some of my favorite jewelry making books:

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry MakingTeach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making

Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry

Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn: Fab Fabric AccessoriesMaking Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn: Fab Fabric Accessories

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DIY Crystal Necklace Straight From the Runway

How to Make a Crystal Necklace

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

How to Make a 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!

Raw Crystals

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Rough Amethyst Quartz CrystalsRough Amethyst Quartz CrystalsCHECK PRICE

Large 1 Raw Natural CrystalsLarge 1″ Raw Natural CrystalsCHECK PRICE

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Free Classes Available With Craftsy

Craftsy Online Classes

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!

Craftsy Online Classes

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.

Benefits of Online Classes

  1. Watch the class anytime
  2. Watch it from home or on the go
  3. Go at your own pace
  4. No time limits!  Sign-up for the free class on May 18th, but take the class whenever you have time.  The classes never expire!!

Online Classes Available With Craftsy

  • Cake Decorating
  • Cooking
  • Crocheting
  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Quilting
  • Jewelry
  • Weaving
  • Spinning
  • Paper Crafts
  • Embroidery and many, many more

I hope you enjoy your free class.  Happy Crafting!

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Water Bottle and Paper Bangle Bracelets

Water Bottle Bangle Bracelet

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.

Video by EcoHeidi Borchers

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.

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Eggshell Mosaic Bracelet & Pendant

Eggshell Mosaic Bracelet

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.

Video by Cool2Craft

Mosaic Eggshell Pendant Tutorial

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.

Video by BeyondBracelets

Supplies Needed Include:

Alcohol Ink or Transparent Acrylic Paints

Resin Block, Wooden Pieces, or a base to attach the eggshells to

Sanding Block or Nail File

Glue**

Black Ink Pad

Gloss Sealer**

Triple Thick Glaze**

**Mod Podge Gloss Finish can be used as a glue, sealant and glaze if you want to keep things easy (and cheaper) for yourself.

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Clay Polymer Beads

Polymer Clay Cane Beads

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.

Polymer Clay Cane Beads

More at Polymer Clay Cane Beads | Jeannie’s Blog

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DIY Beaded Cuffs Jewelry

diy beaded cuffs
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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