I recently went to Miami Beach - woo hoo! to celebrate my 40th birthday (which isn't until September, by the by) with nine of my wonderful, smart, talented and beautiful college girlfriends. We had a blast! What is it about the friends you made when you were 18 that makes them the best of friends? I guess part of it is that you meet them when you are just blooming as an individual. In any case, I love them like sisters. When I knew where we were going, I wanted to find a dress that said Miami! I went to the local consignment store, Common Threads, and found this beauty for $23!! I love the water color feel. I wanted a necklace that would be a spot-on match and decided to make it for myself.
I love the result. It was easy to pick custom colors that matched perfectly, and I made the necklace in about a half an hour. Wunderbar! The complete diy is below. Very simply, it is embroidery thread with jewelry jump rings strung on the strands with a few gold beads mixed in.
I thought the necklace made a great companion to my dress. I think you should custom make one for your own favorite summer dress for this season. And then, go have a stinking good time!
This necklace is part of my commitment to make only handmade gifts this year. This one just happens to be for me! For more handmade gift ideas, check out the a year of handmade gallery here or by clicking below. If your interested in more jewelry, check out my 24 days of glam gallery here.
Six colors of DMC 5 embroidery thread (or one color if you prefer)
Jump rings in bulk (I got these from JoAnn's in the jewelry section)
Gold beads (these are the thicker ones)
Now, tie another knot on top of that. Do this by bringing the first knot into the middle of the second knot and tightening.
It should look like this when you are done.
Now, string a mixture of the gold beads and jump rings on to the embroidery thread, bring the beads to the knot you just made.