Best of 2013: Our 13 Favorite DIY Jewelry Projects
This year been a doozy! Our company has grown in awesome ways, we’ve moved into a new office (with way more space for making excellent things), and we still love the challenge of tricking out, repurposing, and turning just about anything into something you can wear.
1. Zipper Necklace: Zippers will never cease to amaze us, especially when used as a DIY material! Forget thinking that these old things are just for clothes and bags — they actually make awesome color blocks for necklaces, bracelets, and the like.
2. Studded Bangles: Take a regular old stack of bangles and elevate them to the next level by adding studs! So cool.
3. Leather Tassel Necklace: Turns out, tassels are not just for graduation ;)
4. Rope Rhinestone Necklace: Can you believe this elegant piece of neckwear was made out of rope and chain? Oh, and rhinestones of course!
5. Studded Stacking Bracelets: More studs? Yes please. To create this set of stackers, we simply added studs, gold beads, and gold wire to black VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Straps. Easy peasy.
6. Rhinestone Wrap Bracelet: As you can see, we’ve got it pretty bad for chain and rhinestones. Combine them to create a glamorous wrap with just the right amount of edge.
7. Sparkling Cuff: Originally created as part of a bridal-inspired trio, this cuff would be a great statement piece all year around. We especially love the tulle bow that acts as a clasp.
8. Fringe Statement Necklace: Guess how we made this one? We simply added fringe to an existing statement necklace, picked up at Forever 21. Pretty awesome, eh?
9. Beaded Bib Statement Necklace: Inspired by an Anthropologie necklace that would certainly break the bank, this bib necklace was created with beads, glue, felt, and chain.
10. Brass Ring T-Shirt Necklace: The colorful strands in this piece are made from t-shirts! And we picked up the brass rings at the hardware store.
11. Clay Geode Jewelry: Bust out your grade school clay tools and get to work!
12. Beaded Watch Wrap Bracelet: The search for a watch that doesn’t look like a clunky piece of equipment can be kind of an endless one… unless you take an old watch face and add beads, ribbon, or rope to it!
13. Copper Pendant Rope Necklace: And finally, everything to create this necklace was picked up at the hardware store. How cool is that?
Be sure to let us know if you have any favorites from the list in the comments below. Happy making!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!