DIY Color Blocked Necklace

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: bead cord, beads, clasp, jump rings, clear nail polish, scissors

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

Attach a jump ring to either side of your clasp. Once you’ve measure out your desired length, triple knot your bead cord onto one of the d-rings. Add a dab of clear nail polish to strengthen the knot and let dry.

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

Start stringing the first color of your beads. If your beads are smaller you can use a needle for this process.

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

Once you’ve reached the spot you want to color block, begin stringing on your second color. Finish by adding your first color bead until you’re satisfied with the length. Triple knot the cord on the remaining jump ring, clip extra cord, and seal with clear nail polish.

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

Upcycled Earrings

Time: 20 minutes
Materials: broken earrings, bobby pins, nail polish, E-6000 glue, clippers

Upcycled Earrings | The Crafted Life

Upcycled Earrings | The Crafted Life
1. Remove the backing from your earrings, if it’s still there.

Upcycled Earrings | The Crafted Life
2. Slide your bobby pins on to a thin piece of cardboard and paint with nail polish. Some colors will require multiple coats. Clear sealant optional.

Upcycled Earrings | The Crafted Life
3. Once dry, remove from cardboard and select what color looks best with your earrings. For those not selected, you now have plain, colorful pins!

Upcycled Earrings | The Crafted Life
4. Apply E-6000 glue to the back of your earring, place, then hold. You’ll only need to hold the earring in place for 1-2 minutes, then it can dry on its own.

Upcycled Earrings | The Crafted Life

Clay Earrings

Time: 45 minutes+ overnight dry
Materials: clay, paint, earring posts, E-6000 glue, wax paper, xacto knife

DIY Clay Earrings | The Crafted Life

DIY Clay Earrings | The Crafted Life
1. Working on wax paper, cut your clay in to even sized strips.

DIY Clay Earrings | The Crafted Life
2. In your hands, roll your strips into balls.

DIY Clay Earrings | The Crafted Life
3. Using the xacto knife, cut the balls into your desired shape. Keep in mind that you wont be able to make any changes after baking.

DIY Clay Earrings | The Crafted Life
4. Bake in the oven at 275° for approximately 12 minutes. Follow the specific instructions for the type of clay you buy.

DIY Clay Earrings | The Crafted Life
5. Paint and decorate! I used acrylic paint and a gold Sharpie paint pen. Once dry, apply the post with the E-6000 glue. Let dry overnight.

DIY Clay Earrings | The Crafted Life