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DIY bead & tassel necklace

DIY bead & tassel necklace - Kittenhood

Here comes another rope necklace! This is the second one I’ve made this year, and I like it even more than the first one. This one is rather nautical, in red and navy, with tassels and beads, just right for the warm season. I thought I’d give regular tassels a bit of a twist, by tying them with beads, and I’m happy to say it worked! I was nervous about all that string passing through a single bead hole, but it turns out it can be done with the aid of a thick needle. It would also look great in white + navy or gray + neon pink, if you ask me.

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What you need:

  • rope
  • string + large needle
  • beads with large holes
  • scissors
  • 2 ribbon ends
  • 2 jump rings
  • clasp

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Tassel necklace how to:

Start by cutting a piece of rope of your desired length. To make a tassel, cut a long piece of string, fold it in half and pass it through a needle. Pass the needle through a bead, back and forth, forming loops on both ends. Once you’ve reached the desired thickness, pass the rope through one loop, and tighten with the bead. Cut the loop at the lower end, to form a tassel. Repeat as many times as you like. Finish the rope with ribbon ends for a neat look, then add the jump rings and clasp. Wear with striped shirts on every sunny day! Or make your cat wear it, if she’s into fashion. Mine is undecided.

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DIY Cross Stitch Heart Pin for Valentine's Day - Kittenhood

DIY Cross Stitch Heart Pin for Valentine’s Day

DIY Cross Stitch Heart Pin for Valentine's Day - Kittenhood

Is everyone excited for Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re celebrating or not, I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to resist this pretty pin. It has neon pink, cross stitch, and a cute heart, which makes it wearable all year round. And with just a few minor twitches, you can use your creativity to turn it into a pendant. Since I’m more of a pin person, that’s what I made. And this is how I did it:

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What you need:

  • 16 hole button (available here)
  • red or pink thread + needle
  • scissors
  • felt scraps
  • pencil
  • strong glue
  • brooch pin
  • heart template (pictured above)

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How to:

Thread your needle and cross stitch the heart, using the chart (third picture from the top). This should take less than five minutes. Next, use the round pin to outline a circle of the same size on the felt. Cut it out and make sure it fits, as you will use this to cover the back of the pin.

Stitch the brooch pin on the felt, towards the upper side, or glue it if you like. Next, glue the felt part to the plastic pin, using strong glue.

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DIY knotted rope necklace

 DIY knotted rope necklace | Kittenhood

I suppose everyone on the Internet tried their hand at a DIY knotted rope necklace by now. Even so, I decided to make my own. I found this cool rope I couldn’t resist at the hardware store, and it just screamed “necklace”. The combination of primary colors is not a favorite of mine, but I feel it works here somehow, especially once I added the skull. But let’s get down to business, and let me show how easy it is to make such a necklace:

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What you need:

    • cord in two colors
    • 2 ribbon ends
    • 3 jump rings
    • chain
    • clasp
    • bead or charm

 
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Cut two pieces of cord equal in size, and use them to make a simple 8 knot (very good instructions here). Then make another one, symmetrically. You can move the knots around until they’re perfectly centered, this type of knot allows it.

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Next, place the ribbon ends at each end, and use the jump rings to connect them to the chain. Close the chain with a clasp, adjusting the necklace length as needed, and finish with a charm at the middle of the knotted rope (if you want to).

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DIY donut bangle - Kittenhood

DIY Donut Bangle

DIY donut bangle - Kittenhood

The KSNY x Darcel donut bangle is a cutie in its original version, but so easy to make, it would be a pity to pay the price! Or at least that’s where I’m standing. So if you want a cheap knockoff that’s full of personality, here’s what needs to be done:

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What you need:

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Just apply a coat of pink nail polish to mimic the donut glaze, and let dry. Apply a second coat of pink polish, and let dry again. Use different colors to make irregular lines that look like sprinkles. Correct anything you might need to with nail polish remover. Allow to dry completely before trying on!

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