DIY Flower necklace with a secret eye

Here’s a fun necklace I made! I wanted to make something inspired by the Victorian ”Lover’s Eye” jewelry, but my ”eye” ended up having glaucoma (I used the wrong glue!) so the only one knowing the thingy on the right side is an eye…!

I used up a lot of pink star-paillettes for the flower – I kind of stocked up on paillettes when we lived in Copenhagen more than 10 years ago, and I’ve still got a large stock. It will take quite a lot of jewelry making before I run out of them!

The bronze thing at the middle of the flower is an old pretty button that I hadn’t found a good use for. The one to the right is a broken brooch that I ”mended” by gluing a homemade eye to it.

I love taking old discarded things and make new pretty things out of them! It makes me so happy to both create and use jewelry like this.


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My favorite statement necklace

I have quite a collection of DIY statement necklaces by now, but this is usually my favorite! It took about 20 hours to make and it was totally worth it! I always feel as if I’m wearing a really special piece of jewelry when I wear it.

I made two interlocking circles and covered them in black beads with some green accents. I used up a couple of old necklaces and bracelets and sewed everything onto some felt fabric. The lining is a piece of an old leather jacket. Three skulls hang from the necklace, along with some glass beads.

I love love love wearing it! It has such a nice weight and since it’s black, it goes with almost anything in my wardrobe.



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My blue snake-necklace

This necklace was so fun to make! I had already made a template for a snake-necklace, so I decided to make another one. I gathered all my turquoise beads and went to work. And it turned into a real statement necklace – you can’t help but feel pretty when you wear it, it has such a lovely weight and lots of bling!

The snake wraps around my neck a little bit more, but I needed a model so my daughter volunteered. The only drawback – now she’s in love with the necklace as well! (luckily I’ve got lots more to dangle in front of her, so I’ll get to keep this one to myself!)



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My DIY yellow rings-necklace

This was such a fun necklace to make!

I knew I wanted to have two interlocking circles, and I also wanted to incorporate one of my old necklaces. I started by drawing two circles on some felt using some glasses and bowls as a template.   Then I sewed all the yellow heart-shaped beads to one circle, and round glittery beads to the other circle. I filled it in with small bronze-colored beads that I suspect have been going around the family circles since the 80s waiting to be used!

It’s such a nice necklace to wear, it has such a good weight to it, and the earring doesn’t stick to your body which makes it perfect for me and my allergies.

All made from scraps. All it took was a lot of patience, a virtue I seem to have a lot of these days! I haven’t made a necklace in quite a while, but I feel my hands start to get itchy when I look through my pictures. It is so relaxing to sit and sew beads and listen to an audiobook or a lecture or something.



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DIY Green snake necklace

This is one of my favorite pictures of my daughter – we had so much fun there in the woods surrounded by all those flowers and all that greenery!

My daughter wore a crown I made out of glass beads, a gown made from two old curtains, black pants and boots and my favorite necklace – a green snake.

This necklace took quite some hours to make! First I had to figure out the pattern. I cut out pieces of newspaper and wrapped them around my neck. When I was satisfied with the shape, I cut it out from felt fabric.

The black beads have been with me ever since we lived in Copenhagen more than ten years ago. The eyes of the snake are round bauble-like beads, that were used for a bracelet. The rest of the beads are old broken necklaces and bracelets.

This is quite the statement necklace, and I always feel fancy when I wear it! The snake wraps closely around the neck and the head bites the tail (there’s a hidden clasp beneath the head, and a ring on the tail-end of the necklace to hook the clasp on).

I especially like the idea that I finally got a good use to all those green necklaces I had saved for ages! They are just perfect for a snake like this.

P.S. I haven’t added a template to this post – write a comment if you want to create your own necklaces like these, and I’ll see if I can at least take a photo of my templates! They’re all just pieces of newspaper that I’ve cut into the shape I wanted.

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The brown butterfly necklace

I don’t know about you, but I definitely need distractions nowadays! Fun things to do, friends to talk to, cute bunny-videos to look at. I try to dream away and step into my fantasy land for a little while – Pargasia, where everyone who wants to be a princess can be that! Or a pirate if you choose that – anything is possible!

We sometimes step into that alternate reality for a bit, my daughter and I. Like on the picture above, taken one lovely fall afternoon.

Nosipho is wearing a hat I’ve created plus the brown butterfly necklace that I’ve only worn for a couple of occasions.

This was a superfun project! I drew the butterfly onto a piece of felt. Then I sewed beads in blocks of color so that it would look a little bit like a butterfly.

The necklace is lined with suede, and feels soft and comfy against your body. The blue-green beads are a leftover from the 80s when my mom crocheted jewelry (there was this crochet bead-fad at that time). Feels fun to use up all those lovely beads that I’ve stored for so many years. They get to shine once again!


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Decorating with my DIY:s

When we came back from Vasa and our trip to the TV-show Strömsö, I didn’t completely unpack everything. Instead I arranged some of my DIY-jewelry around the room!

This collar gets to hang on a candle stick and look pretty.

And the old clock got a temporary makeover involving lots of lots of pearls and beads.

I can’t believe how many pieces of jewelry I’ve made during the years! They really seem to add up, and look gorgeous when strewn out all over the table. These slippers need to do some more walking too – like straight into a photo shoot. But that’s a story for another day!


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DIY Butterfly necklace

I just start beading and beading and beading… And one day all of a sudden a necklace is done!

This butterfly necklace is made out of an old bracelet, old glass beads that I’ve kept since I was little, and odd beads that I found rummaging around my drawers.

I started by drawing the shape of a butterfly on some green felt fabric. I drew where I wanted the yellow parts. After sewing all the yellow beads in place, it didn’t look enough ”buttefly:ey” to me, so I added some purple beads and a blue sparkly something.

It sparkles and feels substantial, like it’s a proper necklace when you wear it.

P.S. I also made the head-wrap that my daughter wears in the pictures. Sometimes we wear matching head-wraps – the best hairstyle when you’re hair is not really co operating and you still want to look pretty! (this usually happens to me, not my daughter! She always looks beautiful)


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DIY jewelry – pink statement necklace

Welcome new readers!

Since many probably are here to take a closer look at my DIY jewelry, I thought I’d take some new pictures of them and present them here on the blog.

Featured above is the first necklace I made using upcycled materials and lots and lots of beading. I needed a necklace for a wedding, and since I had become allergic to all kinds of metals, I decided to make a necklace from scratch.

I drew out a shape on newspaper and cut it out from felt. And then I sewed hundreds of little beads onto the felt. The central bronze-colored rosette is an old brooch that I repurposed in this fashioned, along with a pretty button that had similar features.

It’s quite a heavy necklace to wear, but that only adds to the festive feeling when you wear it. And it sits so great around the neck and onto your bosom! I lined it with suede from an old jacket. Upcycling at its best!


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In my own little corner

Another Granny blanket finished, this one was a mistake made when I was very, very tired and forgot I had a whole bag full of Granny hexagons somewhere in my study! I was planning on giving away the blanket as a gift, and thought I had counted wrong. Turned out, I hadn’t, so I ended up mistakenly crocheting an extra 80-100 hexagons or so…

When life gives you an extra bag full of hexagons – make a blanket!

We slowly unpacked after visiting Vasa and the TV-show Strömsö last week. I haven’t gotten around to editing the pictures from that trip yet, but I have gotten around to unpacking all the DIY-jewelry etc that I brought for the TV-show. They are strewn here and there in my room, being decorative (unlike their very tired creator!)

The panda on the craft cupboard is one my daughter made one day. She thought we needed a panda! We obviously did, because it’s been hanging on the cupboard door ever since, after a brief stint on another door.

I sometimes collect souvenirs – other people’s, not my own! When I travel I don’t want to lug home a lot of cheap souvenirs, but I don’t mind buying them second hand when people get tired of their own souvenirs. And then I only buy things that remind me of places I’ve been.

But right now I’m quite happy staying where I am! The sun is shining, our house is warm thanks to our stack of firewood and the kids are growing up and becoming really interesting awesome people to be around!




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