I'm the crafty type. Last year, I became so obsessed with headpieces -- inspired by the Royal Wedding -- that I made a ton of these fascinators for all my friends. And I spent all summer perfecting the feather earrings trend. (Find out how to make your very own pair, here.)
But that was last year. This year, I have a whole new slew of DIY jewelry projects that I'm in love with. From elaborately beaded fabric necklaces to studded cuffs, there's a lot of variety in this next batch. So break out your crafting kit (or head to the store), and let's get started!
Scroll down for two easy projects, or click here to see all 5 DIY jewelry ideas
Even if your hair is elaborately styled in a braid or twist, you can still add a decorative comb to highlight your beautiful updo.
plain hair comb
strong glue, like E-6000
1. Tie the metallic thread into a knot around one end of the comb's base. Do not cut the thread from the spool. Keep the thread connected to the spool the whole time.
2. Loop the thread around the base, between the first two fingers of the comb. Once you have a solid amount of thread on the comb, begin looping the thread in an X-like pattern, pulling the thread through one of the fingers and crisscrossing it across the band, and pulling it back through the next finger of the comb. Do this repeatedly, until you cannot see the original color base of the comb.
3. When you cannot see the original base of the comb, move onto the next finger of the comb. Continue the X-pattern on every two fingers of the comb until you have reached the other end of the comb. When you get to the end, cut the thread and tie it multiple times around the base.
4. To cover any spots of the original comb, especially at the ends, and to make the comb more interesting, add a few pearl beads to the comb. Use strong glue, like E-6000, to attach the beads to the comb. Wait 20 minutes for the glue to dry before putting it in your hair.
Neon is the hottest spring trend (just check this out), so this necklace is right on point. Plus, this project can't be any simpler.
heavily ornamental necklace
neon spray paint
blue painter's tape
newspaper or drop cloth
1. Take a cheap ornamental necklace, like one from Forever 21 or a thrift store, and decide which parts of the necklace will be painted.
2. Use painter's tape to tape off the parts of the necklace you don't want painted. Make sure the tape is on tight, especially on the edges.
3. Go to a well-ventilated area, and lay the necklace on a drop cloth or piece of newspaper. Spray paint the parts not covered in the tape.
4. Wait 20 minutes, and spray paint the necklace again. You can keep adding layers until you can't see the original metal/color underneath.
5. Leave the necklace for a couple of hours to make sure the color is completely dry.
6. Once dry, take off the painter's tape. If done correctly, those parts should have none of the spray paint on them. Now it's ready to wear.
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