DIY Frozen Elsa & Anna Chunky Beaded Necklaces

My kids want nothing more in this world than “Frozen Stuff”, or merchandise associated with the Disney blockbuster Frozen.  They’ll take anything that even remotely resembles Anna, Elsa, or Olaf…problem is, you can’t find “Frozen Stuff” anywhere.  In fact, if you follow me on Facebook (which you totally should, ’cause all the cool kids are doing it) you’re aware that parents everywhere are getting similar requests and are losing their minds over the inability to fulfill them.  Literally, some of them may need to be committed.

So when it came to the girl’s Easter baskets, I knew I had to incorporate something Frozen and I knew that buying it was out of the question.  I’ve seen a few Etsy shops selling beaded Frozen necklaces, but at a price of nearly $30 a piece, I decided to just make them myself.DIY-Frozen-Necklaces

Now, I’m not about to open an Etsy shop anytime soon, but I think they turned out nicely and I still have supplies left over to make several more.  These necklaces aren’t terribly hard to make, but I wanted to post the tutorial here just in case you’re one of those moms trying to fulfill Frozen dreams and you think you can’t make your own jewelry or don’t have the time.  They’re actually very easy and only take about 20-30 minutes a piece.  Oh, and it helps that my kids just love them!

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For this project you will need:
Super strong beading cord (lots of people use the elastic kind, but I didn’t – it’s your choice)
20 mm chunky gumball beads in any color you wish*
4 mm clear glass spacer beads
1 inch round clear, raised epoxy stickers
Silver frame that can fit the epoxy stickers (Mine is from Found Objects, purchased at Michael’s)
Lobster clasps & loops
Picture of Anna, Elsa, Olaf or any other character your child will want to wear
Tacky glue
Scissors

Step 1 - Using a copier, shrink the character photo down to 1 inch, or as close to that as you can get.  Then place the clear epoxy sticker on top and press down hard so it adheres.  Cut around the epoxy sticker character using the scissors, trimming all the excess.  Don’t do this with an x-acto knife or you might end up damaging the epoxy sticker.DIYFrozenNecklaces1

My photos were a little bigger than 1 inch, but I wanted the character pictures to be large and clear so I didn’t shrink them down any further.  Just use 1 inch as a guide.

Step 2 - Place a small amount of Tacky glue in the silver frame and place the round epoxy character on top.  Press down hard to force out any excess glue.  Allow the characters to dry completely.DIYFrozenNecklaces2Step 3 - Cut approximately 25-30 inches of beading cord.  Your necklace will be shorter than this, but you want to have a little extra room to work with.  Using a square knot (pictured below – please pardon the poor cell phone picture!), place your character in the middle of the cord you just cut.  Remember, if it’s not exactly in the middle that’s okay because you left yourself a little extra room and can always trim the ends to make it the middle.

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Step 4 - String one side of the necklace, placing a clear 4mm spacer bead up against the silver frame, then a gumball bead, then a spacer, then a gumball bead, and so on until you’ve strung 10-11 gumball beads (all with spacers in between), depending on the length you want – Hazeline’s Anna necklace was 10 gumball beads on each side and Greenleigh’s Elsa necklace was 11 gumball beads on each side.  You want to start and end the string with a 4mm spacer bead.  Once you’ve reached the end of one side, tie the clasp on using 2-3 knots.  When you reach the other side, tie the loop to the end.  When your tying the lobster clasp and loop to their respective ends, try to leave as little beading cord exposed as possible.  In other words, you want the clasp/loop to be right up against the very last spacer bead (or as close as you can get it).DIYFrozenNecklaces3

Step 5 - I don’t know that it’s absolutely necessary, but for a little extra security, I placed a dab of hot glue on the knots attaching the beading cord to the clasp and loop ring.DIYFrozenNecklaces4

Then sit back and enjoy as you win Mom of the Year for getting your hands on some coveted “Frozen Stuff”!

DIYFrozenNecklaces Collage Elsa*I purchased my beads from the Fizzy Pops Etsy shop.  I ordered on a Saturday and they arrived on Wednesday morning.  I highly recommend them!

Crafty: Easter Feather Wreath

A couple of weeks ago I was at the craft store when I saw a feather wreath that had Easter eggs on it.  It was so different (and fluffy); it was love at first sight.  I picked it up and intended to purchase it before I saw the price tag – $29.99.  Even with the coupon I had, it was a little more than I wanted to spend.  It promptly went back on the shelf and decided that I could probably make my own for a little less.  Mine ended up being around $16 (after coupons) and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

You will need:

12″ Straw wreath frame

3 White feather boas

Hot glue gun

Scissors

15 Plastic eggs

Step 1 –  Wrap the 3 feather boas around the straw wreath frame, one at a time, securing the boas at the ends with hot glue.  You want the boas to cover the wreath frame, but you need to be able to move the middle part of the boa that isn’t glued down for placement of eggs.  At first I thought this would be easier to do if I took the plastic covering off of the wreath, but doing so made a huge mess and I quickly decided to leave the plastic on.  Leaving the plastic on the straw wreath frame made it so much easier to secure the boas and eggs.
I toyed with the idea of zig-zagging the feathers across only the front of the wreath, securing at the top and bottom with hot glue, but I’m so glad that I didn’t.  Yes, it would have made the best use of my feathers, but hot gluing them would have been a problem.  Feathers and hot glue are a tricky combo.  Plus, you need the feathers to be able to move freely so you can attach the eggs.I know, it looks a little rough, don’t worry.

Step 2 – Using hot glue, attach the plastic eggs to the straw wreath frame.  In order to do this, you will need to move the feathers out of the way and put the hot glue directly on the straw wreath frame.  It’s also good to have an idea of how you want your egg colors to be distributed before you glue them down.  I had to pull two of my eggs off the wreath because I had a clump of similarly colored eggs all in one spot.My package only contained 12 eggs, but this wreath requires more than that.  I wasn’t about to make another shopping trip for a 99 cent package of plastic eggs though.  So instead, I used a few eggs from the Easter Egg Hunt my kids went on last weekend.  They aren’t a perfect match, but I picked similar colors and placed them towards the back.
Still looking rough, don’t worry.

Step 3 – I used white ribbon left over from my ribbon wreath project and attached it to the back so I could hang the wreath.  Make sure to hot glue the ribbon at an angle so it will hang properly.   I attached my ribbon in two different places (it crossed over one of my strands of feathers and is glued on either side of the strand) for extra hold.

Step 4 – Time for a hair cut!  Using scissors create a center to the wreath and tidy up the edges.  I also trimmed a little around the eggs so they were all visible.  This was mid-hair cut:Oh, and I don’t advise you do this in your house.  I did and I regret it.  It looks like a white bird died in my living room.  I’m still trying to figure out why I thought it was a good idea to to this inside.  Unfortunately, Hazeline’s carseat was near the area where I did this and she went to school covered in feathers.

Happy Easter Everyone!  And Happy Passover to my Jewish friends!