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How to Make a Pocketwatch Necklace

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Last month I was helping my mom clean up her house and came across one of my dad’s old pocket watches. I recently lost my father to pancreatic cancer so finding this little trinket brought up a rush of emotions.

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The pocket watch no longer works, but I thought it might be fun to turn it into a cute charm necklace to remind me of him.

This was a surprisingly super easy project to do and one you can easily embellish and re-create if you want to transform a family trinket into something new. It would be great for pins, brooches, lockets, and even wrist watches.

I added a little rabbit charm to the clock since his favorite book was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and that book always reminds me of him. Plus, it serves as a little reminder of how quickly time can get away from us. Cherish every moment!

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UPDATE: I first decided to just string the chain through the pocket watch but it kept sliding around and knocking into the charm…so I cut the chain and reattached each side to the actual pocket watch to prevent it from sliding back and forth.

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As an added dedication, I set the time to his birthday: 10:23:58.

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As we come upon Father’s Day, be sure to tell your parents how much they mean to you. Time passes too quickly and we just never know how much time we have together. I think about my dad every day and wish I could have just 5 more minutes with him to tell him again how much I love him.

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When you’re little, you think everyone—especially your parents—will be alive forever…and even in adulthood, it feels so strange that he’s not here. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it or it will ever seem “normal”, but I take every day as it comes and remain thankful for all the blessings in my life.

 

Alice: “How long is forever?”

White Rabbit: “Sometimes, just one second.”

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Spoonful of Sugar Necklace

spoonful-of-sugar-necklace1Mary Poppins is one of the first movies I remember watching over and over again. I knew the whole movie beginning to end and, even in my hyper young state, would sit unmoved and watch every glorious minute of that near 3-hour movie.

My love for Mary Poppins has followed me into adulthood, and I’ve learned to appreciate this amazing movie on a whole new level. Hell, my husband and I even went as Mary and Bert for Halloween a few years ago!:

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So when I stumbled upon this cute spoon charm at my local craft store, I couldn’t resist the chance to turn it into a Spoonful of Sugar necklace!

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Great for bridesmaids, friends, mom, or just as a little treat for yourself, this precious necklace is a subtle nod to a wonderful and classic Disney movie.

Spoonful of Sugar Necklace

Materials:

  • Spoon charm
  • Small pearl bead
  • E6000 glue or super glue
  • Chain or old necklace rope
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jump rings (optional)
  • Various charms (optional)


Instructions:

  1. Using the E6000 glue, carefully attach pearl bead to spoon charm. If the bead doesn’t stay, you can also try super glue or a hot glue gun, but E6000 should easily to do the trick. Let it dry completely before moving on to the next step, about 10 minutes.
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  2. String your spoon charm onto the chain or necklace. You can make it long enough so you won’t need a clasp or you can attach a clasp using jewelry pliers and jump rings. I actually attached my charm with a jump ring because the hole on the charm was too small for the end of the chain to fit through.
  3. Once your spoon is centered on your chain, you can add various charms onto the chain if you’d like.

Enjoy your new necklace!

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Anthropologie Knock Off Necklace

I’m all about the knockoff. I know there are people out there who will stop at nothing to have the real deal, but if I can have something just as good for half, sometimes a quarter, of the price, I’ll take it.

When I was browsing through my local Anthropologie store, I came upon a necklace that I just loved. It was made with 3 simple felt accordion beads and 3 contrasting color beads. I carried it with me through the store, contemplating whether I could force myself to splurge on this $100 necklace…and finally I gave up. I put it back and told myself that maybe I’d come back if I got a bonus, or lost 10 pounds, or happened to find a $100 bill in a pair of old jeans…

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Needless to say I’ve yet to buy the necklace…however, I did discover a fun way to make my own rendition! While this one isn’t as colorful as the one I saw, it’s the same basic idea. I didn’t want to have to buy anything to make it, so I used felt scraps I had in my fabric drawer and the beads from a broken bracelet that has been sitting in my dresser for years. I didn’t have a chain that was empty, so instead I used some yarn and made it long enough so it can slip over my head.

I think this is an easy and fun statement piece and a great way to get the look you love for free!

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Felt Knockoff Necklace

Materials:

  • Scrap pieces of felt–you’ll need 5 small circles of the same size per felt bead.  I used a quarter as my template
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun/glue
  • Chain or yarn
  • Needle
  • Beads

 

Directions:

  1. Fold one of the circles in half and place a thin line of glue down the middle crease of the circle.  Fold another circle in half and glue the two pieces together.  Repeat this all the way around and then secure the bead by gluing the center fold of the last circle to the center fold of the first circle.  You can also make the bead lie flat by gluing the last circle to both halves of the first and last circle folds.  That way it opens up like an accordion.  
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  2. Repeat for your other two felt beads.
  3. Then with a needle and your yarn, string your beads into a necklace.  If you’re using a chain, it’s helpful to place the chain in the middle of the bead before you secure it closed to you don’t have to thread the chain through the felt bead.  

And there you go!  Easy, fun, and economical.  Plus it’s a great way to make a thrifty and fashionable statement!

 

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DIY Tee Shirt Necklace

SPRING CLEANING!!  One of my favorite times of the year!  This month I’m focusing on cleaning out my closet.  I have WAY too many clothes, many of which I never wear anymore (story of everyone’s life, right?).

I was going through some old tee shirts and found a couple that I haven’t worn in ages.  One was a white shirt that I really liked, but that had a huge coffee stain on it.  Again, story of my life.

So I decided to create this cute necklace so, in a way, I could still wear the shirt!

I included this necklace in my roundup of tee shirt crafts that I posted last week, so I thought I’d tell you how to make one of your very own!  It’s super easy and the look of it with a tee shirt and jeans is just perfectly casually chic!

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Materials:

  • An old tee shirt
  • Scissors
  • Pearls

Instructions:

  1. First lay your tee shirt out flat.  Starting at the bottom, cut strips about 1 inch wide.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, just eyeball it.

  2. Once your strips have been cut (I stopped cutting as soon as I got to the sleeves), gently stretch them out one by one.
  3. You could use a scrap piece of tee shirt material or a heavy duty piece of thread to thread the pearls.  I used some left over tee shirt material that I stretched until it was super thin.  I used a knitting needle to thread the pearls onto the fabric thread.
  4. Depending on the size of the tee shirt, you should be able to wrap the strips around your neck twice.  That’s what I did and then I tied the string of pearls to the doubled up strips of tee shirt fabric.

It’s as easy as that!

I had so much fun creating this necklace that I made another one with a tank top that was too big on me.  Stay tuned for that tutorial coming up next week!  I also have a tutorial coming up on how to turn a favorite screen tee into an adorable accessory!  Get creative with your spring cleaning this year!

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5 Easy DIY Bangles

Bangles are a great addition to any outfit.  They’re big and colorful and, with some left over wrapping paper and mod podge glue, you can completely reinvent them for any ensemble!

Here are some examples of decoupaged bracelets.  Just make sure that the bracelet is a little big on you to begin with…because when you start adding layers of paper, it will shrink in size.

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