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DIY Vintage Brooch Necklace 05.12.2011

Our savvy DIY go-to-girl, Danielle of DSMeeBee shows us how to make a chic handmade vintage brooch necklace in just 20 minutes.

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I honestly made this necklace in 20 minutes and then felt really proud of myself. This necklace is so super easy to make it kind of blew my mind. On top of how easy it was to make, it only cost me about $10 and looks really beautiful. I’m so happy with it and I am considering wearing it for my wedding, but either way it will be a great go to piece for any girl’s jewellery box.

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Things You’ll Need:

• Vintage Rhinestone Brooch – $7.  I got my brooch from EBay – not real vintage but looks great anyway.

• Loose Pearls – $2.  I also got my pearls from EBay and of course they are not real but I don’t really care about that (I just care about real diamonds!) I won my auction for $0.01 and paid $2.00 for shipping. Great deal!

• Soft Flex Jewelry Wire – $0.50 a yard. I got my wire at Bead Works in Cambridge Mass. You can find this type of wire in any craft or bead store. You could probably use fishing line as well, but it won’t be as durable as the soft flex.

• Crimp Beads – $1.50 for 10. These are essential because they are the best way to keep your beads in place.

• Jewellery Clasp – $2.00 for 50. The jewellery clasps I got were from Michaels and they are great because they come with the pinch clasp and the loop that will connect the necklace together.

Things You’ll Need From Home:

• Needle Nose Pliers

• Scissors

• Super Glue

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Step 1:

Flip your brooch face down and super glue the pin closed. This is to secure your brooch from opening because the pin is where you will be connecting your pearl strands to.

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Step 2:

String your loose pearls or beads onto the soft flex wire. Measure the length you want for your necklace. I used one strand 9 1/2” and the other 5 1/2” long because I wanted my brooch to be asymmetric. Take one of your strands and allow for an extra inch on each end. String on one of the crimp beads and wrap the flex wire around one end of the brooch pin. Loop the flex wire back into the backside of the crimp bead and when it is tight crimp it down with your needle nose pliers. On the other end of the pearl strand string on one of the crimp beads and the clasp, loop the flex wire back into the other side of the flex wire and don’t allow for much slack between the last pearl and the crimp bead. Once you feel the beads are secure crimp down on the crimp bead with your needle nose pliers. Repeat this on the other strand except instead of the stringing on the clasp, string on the jewelry connector that the clasp will connect into.

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Step 3:

You’re done! The greatest part of this necklace is that you can totally change the design to custom fit your mood or change the style for different occasions. I love my quick and easy vintage pearl necklace and I hope you will love yours too! Also if you have a hip Mum or Grandmother with tons of costume jewellery grab one of their brooches and make your necklace an heirloom.

Guest Post: DIY Birdcage Veil 07.09.2011

Our lovely DIY go-to-girl, Danielle of DSMeeBee shows us how to save money on wedding accessories and make a stunning birdcage veil for under $10. You need to see this to believe it!

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This is a simple-ish birdcage veil tutorial. When I say simple-ish I mean this should be simple but for me getting the netting just right took longer than expected.

Items You’ll Need:

  • Small piece of felt or a stable piece of fabric – $ 0.50
  • Feathers – $2.00 from Michaels or craft store
  • Fabric Rose Clip – $1.00 from Forever 21 or you could make one, but come on a buck for a cute flower beats making one any day!
  • French or Russian Netting 9 inch at $4.00 per yard from Etsy. I had a really hard time finding this type of netting in my local Boston fabric stores so my next best bet was Etsy. You won’t need a whole yard but it might be good to have extra if you mess up.

Total Cost: $7.50 (WHAT! You can’t go wrong with that price!)

Items from home:

  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Mirror
  • Glue Gun

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Step 1: Cut the Netting

When you cut the netting use the factory edge as the edge that will sweep along your face. This edge should be what will be seen and the other sloppier edges will be tucked away so that they are less noticeable. Also be aware that wherever you cut the netting with scissors will look unfinished.

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Step 2: Cut the Felt

I cut my felt into a leaf shape with the length at about 4″ long. This will be the base that you glue your feathers onto and sew the netting onto as well.

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Step 3: Glue on the Feathers

Take the leaf shaped felt and start hot gluing feathers on to it. Fan them out the way you want them to look and leave the tip completely open so you can have an area to sew the netting onto.

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Step 4: Fit / Shape / Sew the Netting

Take the non factory side of the netting and fold the netting as shown in the photos below. Then sew the folded netting to the felt base. This is the tricky part. I found it best to sit in front of a mirror and actually shape the netting on my head the way I wanted it to look. Keep repeating this method till you get the shape you desire.

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Step 5: Clip the Veil into Place

I got a store bought rose from Forever 21 which already was attached to a hair clip. So this step took me about 5 seconds to do. I simply took the veil placed in my hair where I wanted it to be and clipped it in with my rose hair clip.

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Step 6: Look Chic

If you make this veil right no one will know it cost less than $10! You can say you got it at a fancy bridal store and keep the price to yourself or brag about how savvy your are…like I did!

Guest Post: DIY Replica Wedding Cake Topper 26.08.2011

Today Danielle of DSMeeBee shares how to make a wonderfully original DIY replica wedding cake topper.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Wooden Eggs – craft store $1.50 each
  • 2 Wooden Balls with Flat Bottoms – craft store $ 0.75 each
  • Pearl Stickers – craft store $2.99
  • Acrylic Paints – craft store $5 for a set of 12 colors
  • Set of Small Paint Brushes – craft store $3 for a set of 5
  • Netting for the veil- craft store $2.99 for a large pack
  • Black of felt or black paper – had at home
  • Buttons – had at home

Items You’ll Need From Home:

  • Drill with a 1/16” wood drill bit
  • Elmers Glue
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Q-Tip
  • Black Felt Marker

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Step 1:

Drill a hole at the top of the wooden egg where the wooden head will be placed. Be careful to not put to much pressure on the drill, not to let the drill slip and hurt your hand. If you feel more comfortable place the egg in a vice and then drill the top. The hole at the top of the egg should be about a ¼” deep.

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Step 2:

The egg heads that I got from a craft store had flat bottoms. The flat bottom has a small pre-drilled hole in it. But if you can not find wooden balls with pre-drilled flat bottoms then you must drill a hole yourself. Again using a vice will help you avoid injury.

Step 3:

Cut the ends off the Q-Tip and stick one end into the hole you drilled in the wooden egg body with some Elmers glue. Then put the other end of the Q-Tip into the pre-drilled hole of the wooden head. Keep cutting the bottom of the Q-Tip till it is the correct length and the wooden head sits nicely on the top of the egg. Put a dab of hot glue around the edge of the egg’s hole. Then put some Elmers glue into the wooden head then place it onto the egg and firmly press down. The hot glue will help stabilize the head faster so you can continue working with out waiting for the Elmers glue to dry.

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Step 4:

Paint the bodies and heads of the toppers. For my groom I did a traditional tuxedo painting the egg all back except for a white “V” that represented his tux shirt. For the bride I painted her egg body with an ivory color and used the skin color to make the dress appear to be sweetheart dress. For the hair I used brown paint and tried to mimic the hair styles my Fiancé and I would wear on our wedding day. Note: Don’t be afraid to mess up….you can always whip off what you don’t like or paint over it. For the eyes you can paint them or try to draw them in with the black marker. Since I LOVE eyeliner I drew my eyeliner on my bride.

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Step 5:

Details!!!! I used pearl stickers for details like the bride‘s earrings and detail on her dress, which I think made a huge difference. I used buttons for my bouquet which I glued together with the hot glue gun and then glued directly to the egg body of the bride. I also used a button for the groom’s boutonnière. I used a flower button and a small piece of netting to make a bride cage veil for the bride. For the groom’s bow tie I cut out of a piece of felt and hot glued it on to the groom’s egg body.

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Step 6:

Enjoy your unique toppers and don’t forget to get loads of photos with them!

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