Let’s be real for a minute. Although television commercials might try to convince you otherwise, if we all had to wait for our significant others to gift us the jewelry we wanted, most of us would have pretty empty jewelry boxes. I remember my grandmother showing me her jewelry collection and telling me that if you want something, you should save up and buy it (We only differed on our jewelry source of choice – hers is QVC and mine is Catbird). But I’ve taken her advice to heart and when I want to celebrate something special, I save my pennies and buy a piece of jewelry that I love. But my New York budget doesn’t allow for splurges as frequently as a jewelry-loving girl might wish, which is why I’m loving these jewelry DIYs. This one comes from Australian-born, Hong Kong resident Geneva Vanderzeil, who is also author of DIY Fashionista: 40 Stylish Projects to Re-Invent and Update Your Wardrobe, and founder of A Pair & a Spare. Since we went a little minimal with our last jewelry DIY, we asked Geneva to make us something that’s a little more of a statement piece. -Amy
*You can buy a full kit to make this DIY right here, too!
1. Cut out your felt into squares and then plan your design. You may want to draw it or copy the one we have created. Using a toothpick or skewer, put some glue onto the back of the rhinestones
2. Begin applying the crystals to the felt.
3. Continue creating your pattern.
4. Once you have made your pattern, let it dry overnight.
5. Cut out the pattern, making sure to cut as close to the crystals as possible so that the felt can’t be seen.
6. Add glue to the end caps and press them onto the ends of the rope.
7. Add a jump ring to one end cap and a jump ring and lobster clasp to the other end.
8. Sew or glue your jewel clusters to the necklace, making sure they are centred.