DIY Faux Leather Necklace

I have a treat for you all.  My good friend, Aria, from The Suburban Hippy Momma did this guest post on how to make a faux leather necklace.  She is incredibly creative, and I hope you enjoy her tutorial.  Be sure to check out her blog for more awesome projects.

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Accessories have never been my favorite things to shop for. I can never seem to find the right pieces that fit my personality, and my budget. This necklace was a great fix for both of those problems. I made it out of items I already had on hand, and because it’s DIY I was able to design it to express my style.

Wanna make one? Here’s how!

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What You’ll Need:

Scrap faux leather

Scissors

Necklace chain

Jewelry jump rings

Wire cutters

Beading thread

Triangle cuttout (I just printed one from Pages. I made it to measure three inches)

Paintbrushes

Acrylic Paints

A pen

A pushpin

 

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1. Trace the triangle cuttout on the leather three times, so that you have three leather triangles that are the same size. Make sure to do this on the “tough” side of the leather, not the fuzzy side.

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2. Cut out the triangles.

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3. Paint the triangles three different colors. For this necklace I decided to go for a bit of a tribal style, so I chose teal, coral, and burnt ochre. If your paint is thick you may need to add a little water, but add just a little at a time. The water will make the leather soft and take longer to dry. The paint just needs to be thin enough to paint evenly, without clumps.

4. Let the paint dry, then apply one more coat.

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5. Once the painted triangles have dried, decide in which order you want them to be stacked. Stack them so that a little of each color can be seen.

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6. Stack the middle triangle over the third (last) triangle. Using the pushpin, make two holes at the top of the middle triangle, making sure that the holes go through the bottom triangle.

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7. Take a small piece of beading wire, and put it through one of the holes, keeping the triangles stacked.

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8. Twist the wire in the back of the triangles to secure them together. Repeat on the other side (the second set of holes). Clip the excess wire and press down the twisted part to it sits flush with the leather.

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9. Stack the top triangles over the middle triangle, and repeat the same steps with the pushpin and wire. You’ll have three attached triangles when you’re done.

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10. Measure your necklace chain. Mine was about 28 inches (with the leather pendant). Use the wire cutters to cut the chain to the length you want.

11. Use the pushpin to poke two holes in the top triangle.

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12. Insert the jump rings into the holes.

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13. Hook the ends of the chain into each of the loops. Depending on how long your chain is you may want to cut it in the middle and add a clasp. Since mine was long enough to easily slip over my head I skipped this part.

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14. Admire your beautiful work!

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Here’s another version I made, with an ombre style.

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I hope you feel creative enough to try this little craft out!

Accordion Style Ruffle Pillow

It’s been a little while since I’ve done a DIY post, so I think it’s about time I share something new.  I recently gave an old pillow a makeover that turned out pretty good, considering how little effort I put into it.

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To recreate this look, you’ll need a plain pillow cover.  I sewed one from some scrap fabric, but you could also buy a cover for pretty cheap. I also cut a 7″ by 40″ panel of sheer fabric.  I folded the sheer fabric, accordion style, and used a hot iron the crease the folds. I made sure that each fold was slightly offset from the previous fold, as shown in the picture below.

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Then I sewed straight down the middle of the folded fabric. You can either use a sewing machine or hand sew it, depending on your preference.

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I secured the accordion ruffle to the pillow, using small stitches.  For an added effect, and also because I did a horrible job hand sewing the pillow closed, I used leftover fabric to add some pipping around the edge of the pillow. I hand stitched the piping on, which is pretty unprofessional, but it worked.

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There you have it. A simple way to add some pizazz to a plain pillow. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever made, but it sure beats buying an expensive new pillow.

Weekend in Mossyrock

This past weekend, Joey, Zuzu, and I spent a night at Adytum Sanctuary, an amazing B&B right outside of Mossyrock, Washington. It’s a beautiful retreat, and a perfect weekend getaway that is only two hours south of Seattle.

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When I say it’s only two hours from Seattle, that is assuming you drive straight through.  We took our time and stopped at all the scenic lookouts. It took us about four hours in total.

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We even stopped at a salmon hatchery.

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When we arrived at Adytum, we were greeted by spectacular views of Lake Mayfield.

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We were also greeted by the three dogs that call Adytum home.  Liberty, a one year old German Shepard, took an immediate liking to Zuzu and followed us around the entire time. He was precious.

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I love Seattle, but sometimes a weekend in the country is exactly what the doctor ordered. I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.

My Antique Flatware Set

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There is an amazing restaurant in Seattle, called Rocco’s, that uses really beautiful vintage flatware.  I have always admired the classic design and the subtle tarnish that comes with age, and I really wanted to replace the boring flatware I had with something more unique, so I set out to find some antique silverware like the ones at Rocco’s.  I went to a few antique stores in Seattle, but I wasn’t finding anything that I liked until I went online and browsed Etsy.  I found a really amazing shop, PatziPlace, that had a beautiful 50 piece set of Plantation by 1881 / Oneida Silverplate flatware from the 1940s. I fell in love with the set and purchased it right away.

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I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.