In Britain, when the sun comes out and it feels a tad warmer than freezing, we all want to dig out our beach clothing and tropical prints. A way add a touch of summer to your outfit a bit more subtly, is via jewellery. If you enjoy getting crafty and don’t want to invest much money in seasonal necklaces and bracelets, pick up some supplies and get making your own. You can buy everything I use in this tutorial*, very affordably, from Hobbycraft; and you’ll even have enough left over to make some pieces for friends and family too.
All of these bits and pieces from Hobbycraft will allow you to really get creative and design a whole wardrobe of summer jewellery looks. To make the necklace and bracelet featured in this tutorial, you will need:
Sewing Needle & Thread
Darice Layered Looks Nautical Jewellery Making Kit, £3.70
Beads Unlimited Assorted Miracle Beads 6mm 70 Pack, £3.20
Peach Polyester Tassels 3cm, £1
Rico Light Blue Satin Cord 6m, £1.50
Bijoux Antique Silver Seaside Charms 5 Pieces, £2.80
The necklaces in this DIY jewellery pack come with charms already on gold chains. First you need to select the one you want and then attached one of the enclosed gold jump rings onto one end of the chain. This is what you will put the clasp through to fasten your necklace onto your neck. On the other open end of the chain, slide on two of the brightly coloured beads that you like. Think about that colours will go most with your summer outfits.
Next, you need to prepare your tassel by hooking a gold jump ring through the top, so that you can then attach this to your main charm on the opposite sides of your beads. The design of your necklace is now complete and all that’s left to do is to attach your enclosed clasp to the other end of your chain so you can wear it.
These necklaces are designed so that when they hang around your neck, the tassel will be at the bottom of your charm and the beads at the top. This is such a cute and eye-catching design. Try making the other two charm necklaces in the pack too, and think about some different colour combinations of beads and tassels.
To make a seaside-themed rope charm bracelet, cut a piece of your cord to fit your wrist; leaving enough room to tie your bracelet off. Choose your charm and thread this onto the cord into the centre. Next, choose which tassel you would like to use, and thread a sewing needle with a corresponding colour of thread. Sew this tassel onto the cord, on one side of your charm.
Pick out some matching beads and sew these onto the thick cord around the top of your tassel and charm, to create a cluster effect. You now have your finished bracelet and all you need to do is tie it onto your wrist. If you want to be able to take it on and off, you will want to d a slip knot. Otherwise, just tie it on and hope it last the entire holiday.
This is such a simple, but eye-catching design. It’s amazing just how much a basic tassel can transform something and make it look so professional.
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