It鈥檚 safe to say that we can鈥檛 get enough of color blocking. This trend-turned-staple is a super simple way to bring in a pop of color. Since we鈥檝e color blocked everything from our nails to our soap, we鈥檙e turning to Mother Nature for some natural materials. Twigs, which are free and accessible, can double as summer souvenirs. The next time you鈥檙e in the great outdoors, snag a few for this DIY. You鈥檒l be sporting a wearable scrapbook in no time.

BC_PaintedTwigNecklace_04

Materials:

Tools:

鈥 bottle or jar caps

鈥 washi tape

鈥 paintbrush

鈥 jewelry pliers

BC_PaintedTwigNecklace_00

Instructions:

1. Wrap a strip or two of washi tape around the twig.

2. Apply acrylic paint and leave to dry completely.

3. Add another strip of tape and apply more paint.

4. Remove the tape to expose the color blocked goodness.

5. Hold a strand of wire near the end of the twig.

6. Tightly wrap around four to five times.

7. Add a strand of chain to the wire.

8. Wrap the wire around five to seven more times.

9. Trim the excess wire.

10. Add a jump ring and a jewelry clasp.

11. Repeat on the other end with just a jump ring.

  1. BC_PaintedTwigNecklace_01new

    Here鈥檚 a crafty little secret: place the two bottle (or jar) caps side by side to create a makeshift drying rack.聽You can even adjust the distance between the caps depending on the size of the twig.聽Now, that鈥檚 what we call resourceful. Add washi tape to your twigs to create perfectly straight lines. Paint the twig and then remove the tape. Add as many colors as you like.

  2. BC_PaintedTwigNecklace_02updatedupdated

    After you add the chain, wrap the wire around five to seven times. While wrapping,聽insert the wire back through the chain twice. This will make sure the chain stays in place.聽We聽recommend using a lightweight chain with large, open links. The chain in our project is typically used to聽make extenders. The links are wide enough to handle multiple strands of wire.

  3. BC_PaintedTwigNecklace_02a

    To make a standard short necklace, add an eight-inch strand of chain to each side of the twig. If you鈥檇 like to make a long necklace, use 13-inch strands and skip the jewelry clasp.

  4. BC_PaintedTwigNecklace_03

    We mixed it up and used聽rose gold wire (swoon!) with brass chain. If you prefer a聽more cohesive look, use materials in聽the same metal finish.

BC_PaintedTwigNecklace_08updated

Like most of the projects at Brit + Co, you can make an endless variety of color combos.

BC_PaintedTwigNecklace_05

To let your new piece steal the spotlight; wear it with a simple top or dress.

BC_PaintedTwigNecklace_06

If you didn鈥檛 have any hikes planned, we bet you do now!

What color combo would you use? Share your ideas using the hashtags #britstagram and #iamcreative.

(Street style photos by Nick Wolf)