DIY_Hardware Beaded Necklace

IMG_0042 Have you ever DIYed something to go with a specific outfit? Well, that's how I got the idea for this necklace. I recently purchased this metallic shirt from Urban Outfitters on sale to wear during the holidays. It worked great for Christmas Eve with my family, but I was worried about how to style it afterwards in more casual situations.

I decided that I needed a necklace that was bold and industrial that toned down the impact of the shirt. I chose to work with a simple black cord and silver hardware to create this cinched necklace. It reminds me of my DIY Hardware Headband and is really simple. I hope you enjpy this tutorial and try to make one of your own!

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You will need: black decorative trim (mine is from Hobby Lobby), scissors, 3 nuts, and clear nail polish.

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First, cut a piece of cord that fits around your neck and over your head, and then leave extra length on both ends as well. At this point, you can use the clear nail polish to prevent the ends from fraying. However, if you tie on knots like I did, you can probably get away without using it.

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Fold the cord in half and thread a nut through both ends of the cord. Put the loop over your head, and position the nut so that it is in a place where you can comfortably put the necklace over your head without moving the nut around. My nut was snug enough that I didn't need to knot the cord.

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Next, on the ends of the cord, thread on a nut and tie a knot at the bottom.

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Do the same for each end, and also add a knot above each nut to keep them in place.

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Here's my finished product! I'm really happy with how it compliments my top, and now am excited to wear it in casual settings!

Want to purchase a necklace like this? I have another for sale on my Etsy! Check out the listing here.

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DIY_Monogram Decoration

Today i'm sharing with you my Thanksgiving DIY project. Being home for the holiday, I wanted to create something festive. With items from Michael's, I created this monogram decoration that reminds me of something you might find at Anthropologie!

You will need:

a letter of your choice made of wood or cardboard a sprig of fake plants, i chose this mixture of green and red that was brushed with bronze paint a matching ribbon scissors a hot glue gun and glue sticks

Snip off individual leaves from your faux branch.

Begin attaching the leaves to the letter with the hot glue. Start on the inside curve and work your way outwards.

Continue gluing each leaf onto the letter. I completed the curved area first and then worked my way down the vertical portion.

After covering the entire letter, attach a ribbon to the back with the glue.

and here's my finished product! enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!