I love the lunch cuffs (tuck in a spare house key, ID, & a few $ and take off walking or hiking hands-free) and the paper charm necklace. Koreena: How did you make that? Is it laminated or something else?
Glad you like it
No, not laminated - I just put bits of plastic on the front & back. I've had a few people asking me about it already -
Here's a mini-tutorial:
- Cut 2 rectangle-ish (or whatever) pieces out of clear plastic. I used an old plastic folder that I had kicking around, I'm sure you could use overhead sheets or clear or velum paper... I think my pieces were about 1.5" or 2" x .5".
- Cut a similar shape out of fancy cardstock for the back (not pictured, I should add it...)
- Cut about 20 similar shapes out of old books, magazines, photos, whatever you want. I used my front piece of plastic as a bit of a template - I moved it around the photos & words to find a 'layout'(?) - eg words that rhymed or said something nice - so that each piece of the necklace would look good if viewed on its own.
- Poke a hole in the 'top' of each piece (I was very high-tech and used an Xacto knife to cut small X's in the plastic and a pen to poke holes in the pages)
- use a lighter/matches/candle flame/whatever you want to carefully singe the edges of the pages/pictures (be careful, magazine paper lights up really quickly... I ended up not singeing most of mine - too risky)
- Put one gromet in the front piece of plastic and one through the back piece AND the fancy paper (fancy side out)
- String the front piece of plastic, then the pages, then the back fancy paper/plastic piece onto embroidery floss (the one at the store was on wire and had bits of leather as well as plastic attached in the gromet, it looked nice)
- Attach your new charm to a chain.
- Wear proudly
I had 3 people ask me where I bought the charm when I was showing it off... Love how $0 projects get more oooohs & aaaahs than expensive ones sometimes