I am so in the mood for summer. When I think of summer I think of bathing suits, flip flops, funky clothes and even funkier accessories. But let’s be honest, that killer Anthropologie jewelry you’ve been loving comes with some crazy high prices. So how about beating the system this summer and making a few of your own bits of bling sans the high price tags?
To that end I want to share with you five different, funky and easy jewelry tutorials I recently came across and immediately fell in love with.
Color Pop Necklace
Ornamentea has been one of my favorite crafting websites for years. It’s a jewelry supply website that also shares really cool jewelry-making tutorials. I can’t wait to try out their Color Pop Necklace tutorial, simply made out of felt balls and ribbon. I love the combination of ribbon and felt, and the colors really do pop. It’s so easy to make — I think you could actually throw it together before you head out for the evening. Heck, I’d probably make one into a bracelet, too! For extra help be sure to watch the Color Pop Necklace video tutorial as well.
Parakeet Mirror Necklace
Now here’s where things get pretty funky.
Mitch L. in L.A. came up with a really ingenious way to create and personalize some bright, fun, summer jewelry — with parakeet mirrors. Yes, I said parakeet mirrors! Her clear and easy-to-follow tutorial will help you create a true fashion statement, quickly and inexpensively. The possibilities are endless with this no muss, no fuss parakeet mirror tutorial to guide you.
And what would summer be without friendship bracelets?
Erin over at Thanks, I Made It shares with us her take on the Ariel Gordon-style friendship bracelet that’s been in the news lately. All you need is a small bit of chain, some silk string, a clasp and some jump rings. Did I say easy peasy? Love the colors, too.
Dangle Shell Bead Earrings
Now I’d be remiss if I didn’t include an earring tutorial, so here’s a great summery one — it’s made out of shell beads!
Amy over at Artsy Mama really hit a home run with these delicate dangle earrings. They take only minutes to make and they look like a million bucks. Not bad for some shell beads, ear wires, head pins and jump rings. I’m not a big blue-lover, but I do have a huge stash of mother-of-pearl coin beads that would be perfect for this! It’s all spelled out in her quick and easy dangle shell earring tutorial.
Last but not least I want to share with you a J-Crew-inspired crystal bracelet knock-off from A Splendid Assemblage. I am all for sparkle.
Let’s face it. Anytime we can make our own jewelry, versus paying exorbitant retail prices, it’s a win. And compared to J. Crew’s prices, this bracelet is quite inexpensive. The crystal bracelet tutorial is easy to follow and will have you sparkling things up in no time.
I hope I managed to get your creative juices flowing. I know mine certainly are! Which one’s your favorite? Do you have another great tutorial or jewelry-making website you’d like to share?