Dear Auntie Moonbeam
Every year, around this time, I get Summer Fever. Big time.
For those of you unfamiliar with this
wholly imaginary totally legit affliction allow me to educate you. The symptoms include an unquenchable thirst for iced coffee and a general laziness of body, mind and soul. Sufferers are characterized by their sun-tanned limbs, tiny cotton clothes and general lethargic appearance.
It is precisely this state of sloth that has me seeking out easy projects. The kind that can be completed quickly, with minimal effort and maximum payoff!
Which is how I came up with this:
I had so much fun making those pencil crayon earrings recently that I’ve been casting around for another fun DIY jewelry project. I started out by imagining what kind of unusual items could be made into beads.
Then one day I was indulging in a weird habit of mine – playing around with coffee cup sleeves. you know those little cardboard jobs that protect your hands? I like to pull them apart and sculpt them into weird shapes. Random I know…
Anyway, I was rolling one around and around when it hit me – if you tightly roll strips of magazine you get beads!
As luck would have it my stack of decor porn magazines had been getting a little outta control. A nice supply for nightly reading is one thing. A towering slippery pile threatening to topple at any moment is downright hazardous….
So we had a two birds one stone scenario – I finally had a creative re-use for my ever increasing collection of Style at Home mags and I avoided a potentially goofy ass-over-teakettle pratfall! Win win!
Here’s what you’ll need to follow along at home – the supplies are easily obtained, in fact you could probably find most of this at your local dollar store:
- Fishing wire
- Necklace clasp
- Magazine strips
- Hot glue gun
To begin rip out small strips from a magazine. So far so easy, right? Good news is it only gets simpler from here!
About colour: I looked for interesting hues and patterns but beyond that I didn’t really try for a cohesive colour scheme. If you like you could pick all one colour. In fact this would look really pretty in varying shades of white and cream. Especially if you used pictures of white bed linens to get a little texture.
As you rip leave the edges rough. If you want a cleaner look you could cut the strips with scissors but I wanted a messy appearance – I think it adds to the sloppy charm!
Next roll the strips – some tightly, some loosely. You’re really after creating a random look. Then add a small dab of hot glue at the end of each strip to secure it.
Because the beads ended up being all different sizes you’ll want to sort them into piles roughly according to size.
Then cut three lengths of fishing wire and began stringing the beads. Place the smaller beads at the ends and gradually increase the size towards the middle. Nothing too precise, just enough so that the strands hang together nicely.
Then tie the fishing wire to the necklace clasps and you’re done!
I’ve been wearing this necklace for a few weeks and I love it! It’s my official summer necklace ’cause it goes with everything from tank tops to maxi dresses!
Plus it’s a fun conversation piece. Best comment to date:
“You’re making jewellery out of magazine scraps? That’s like crazy cat lady meets Martha Stewart!”
As compliments go it was a little weird but I’ll take it!