Fabric Rosette Pendant Tutorial & 12 Days of Handmade Gifts

Fabric Rosette Pendant Tutorial quick and easy gift idea perfect for using up scraps - Rae Gun Ramblings

Today I’m sharing my quick and easy Fabric Rosette Pendant Tutorial. This is a  great project for using up scraps. I have made simple rosette headbands and hair clips before but it wasn’t until I saw some darling rosette necklaces at a boutique that I thought to put them on a pendant.

Great project for using up scraps. Easy and fast fabric rosette pendant tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

To make a rosette pendant you just need one strip of fabric about 2 inches wide by 10-15 inches long depending on how big of a pendant you want and how think your fabric is. You’ll also need a glue gun and and pendant bail.

  1. Start off by folding your piece of fabric lengthwise with the right sides facing out. Then roll the end a few times to form the center of the rosette. Apply glue to help it keep it’s shape
  2. Next start folding or twisting the fabric as you wrap it around on itself stopping to glue every once in a while so that it stays secure. You will get a different look depending on if you fold or twist. I think both are pretty it is all a matter of preference and you might find that you like different techniques for different fabrics.
  3. Once your rosette is to your liking cut your fabric so that there is just enough left when opened up to cover the back of the rosette. Glue that down. Trim any excess that might show from the front.
  4. Add some glue to your pendant bail then string it on a chain and you are good to go.

Rosette Pendant Tutorial would make cute girlfriend gifts - Rae Gun Ramblings

This was originally shared at Sew Caroline as a part of her awesome 12 Days of Handmade Gifts series.

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Ombre DIY Statement Necklace & Ring

DIY statement jewelry tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

When I received a box full of Martha Stewart Jewelry making supplies with gorgeous Czech beads and rhinestones matching some of ribbon I had on hand I knew exactly what I wanted to make with them, a DIY statement necklace.

Make your own ombre necklace from craft store supplies. Tutorial at Rae Gun RamblingsFor the longest time I have been wanting a statement necklace with a ribbon closure, I just think they are so elegant and feminine.

Martha Stewart Jewelry

Before I get to the tutorial I have to say I was been blown away by the awesomeness of this new line of jewelry crafting supplies from Martha Stewart. There’s such a variety from clay which you can use to make your own charms, enamel paints and glazes, and beautiful beads, chains and charms you can really make something for pretty much any style. Here’s just a small sample of what I received. I’m not going to lie I may have also visited the display at my local Michaels Craft store before my box arrived to lust after these goodies.

Ombre DIY Statement Necklace Tutorial

How to make an ombre necklace at Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m going to share exactly how I made my necklace but I encourage you to tweak and alter things to suit your own personal taste.

What You’ll Need

DIY statement necklace at Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Ribbon
  • Large Jump Rings
  • Small Jump Rings
  • 3 Small rhinestones
  • 3 Butterfly charms
  • White enamel
  • Enamel Activator
  • Decorative chain
  • Transparent Jewelry Thread
  • Crimps

Ombre DIY Statement JewelryStart by applying the enamel to the butterfly charms. You’ll want 1 part enamel to 2 parts activator. You only need a small amount. Using a toothpick mix well and then apply to charms. Let air dry up to48 hours until full set.

Make a Ombre DIY Statement Necklace and RingOnce the butterflies are ready, snip the loom off of one side of the rhinestone setting with wire cutters (you only need one loop). Then add a rhinestone to each setting and fold prongs down. I found the fatter part of the tweezer to work well for this job. Now take a small jump ring and attach the rhinestones to the bottom of two of the butterfly charms and to the third rhinestone but do not attach it to the butterfly.

Ombre DIY Statement Necklace Tutorial

Next string the beads onto the transparent thread. I just restrung them exactly as they were in the packaging since I wanted to keep the ombre look. Fold the end of the the thread to form and loop and fasten by flattening a crimp onto each end. Repeat on the other side and with the other string of beads. You should have two strings of beads with looks at each end. Put one end of both strands on a large jump ring. Repeat on the other side.

Ombre DIY Statement Jewelry with Martha Stewart

Cut three 3 inch sections of chain.

To the right side of the bead strings attach the butterfly charm that does not have a rhinestone on it and the loose rhinestone using a large jump ring. Using another small jump ring attach one segment of chain.

To the left side of the bead strands string one segment of cut chain through the jump ring you have attached. Using the small jump rings attach the butterflies (with attached rhinestones) to both ends of that chain.

Now still on the left side attach the remaining 3 inch segment of chain to the jump ring. And on both sides attach another large jump ring to the end of the chains. This is where you will attach the ribbon.

Ombre Ribbon Necklace Tutorial with Martha Stewart Jewelry at Rae Gun Ramblings

Cut two 17 inch pieces of ribbon and run the ends over a flame to prevent unraveling. String the ends of the ribbon through the jump rings, sew down and you’re done.

Rosette Ring

Martha Stewart Rosette Ring

  • Ring setting (base)
  • rosette
  • Jewelry glaze
  • Jewelry glue

To make the rosette ring simply paint on some jewelry glaze and then glue a ring setting to the back of the glazed rosette and you’re good to go.

Martha Stewart Jewelry Tutorial

Be sure to visit Plaid Crafts on Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter for more creative inspiration and ideas. I received product and payment via The Blueprint Social (www.theblueprintsocial.com) for this post, however, opinions are 100% my own.

For more great jewelry products check out what some of my blog friends have made with Martha Stewart Jewelry supplies.

Shatter Me Mirror Necklace Tutorial

Shatter Me Necklace Tutorial

It’s a well documented fact that I have a slight obsession with bookish jewelry but this Shatter Me mirror necklaces is one of my favorites.

Make a beautiful necklace from mirror and bottle caps super easy and inexpensive. Tutorial at Rae GUn Ramblings

What I like about it is that is is totally book inspired but just a pretty piece of jewelry on its own. I mean I adore my many many book page pendants but I feel like this is something I could give to my non-book-obsessed friends and they’d enjoy it too.

Tahereh Mafi Shatter Me

And I may or may not have given Shatter Me author Tahereh Mafi one when she came through for her Unravel Me signing. And she may or may not have given me an awesome squeal of glee and immediately put it on that made me feel warm and fuzzy because seriously she’s one of the nicest humans ever! But more about the signing later.

Tutorial: Shatter Me Mirror Necklace

Step by step tutorial on how to make a mirror necklace inspired by Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me

You’ll Need:

What to Do:

  1. Smash mirror with hammer. I put it on a piece of thick fleece and kept the hammer down when I smashed which prevented most of the little bits from scattering much.
  2. Place a small layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic into the bottom of the bottle cap and with tweezers add the pieces of mirror to the bottle cap.
  3. Top with more Dimensional Magic so that the mirror pieces are submerged.
  4. Allow to dry (preferably over night). It will be cloudy at first but it will dry crystal clear.
  5. Glue on bail to the back and string on a chain.

Shatter Me Necklace Tutorial

I really like how it turned out. It’s one of those necklaces that goes with everything. I hope you like it as well :)

tahereh mafi and ransom riggs

And because I forgot to share pictures of the signing here are some of my favorites. Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs ( have the absolute best chemistry EVER. They are seriously the cutest. They were such a delight to listen to and speak with.

tahereh mafi and ransom riggs salt lake city

It was fascinating to hear how different their work styles are, Tahereh gets in the zone and forgets to eat while Ransom believes in square meals and seeing the light of day.

And if you haven’t read either of their books here’s the description from Goodreads, both are a lot of fun

shatter me

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. (marissa again – the sequel Unravel Me is really good too!)

miss peregrine's home for peculiar childrenA mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.

And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive

The Ward Penny Necklace, Book, and Tutorial

Penny Necklace Tutorial such a cute idea would make great mother's gifts using pennies from kiddos birthyears

I’ve read A LOT of great books over the last month or so but one that just blew me away was The Ward by Jordana Frankel. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of it (it should be in bookstores everywhere tomorrow) and I just fell in love. But more about that later.

The Ward Penny Necklace Tutorial and Book Review (such a good book and fun necklace with quote)

As with all books that I love I wanted to immortalize it in craft. There were a few things that stood out to my crafty side. First the phrase “Good Skill” as a substitute for “Good Luck” I really liked that concept. And then the main character Ren wears good luck pennies on a necklace. So I decided to make myself a “Be Like Ren” necklace. And I absolutely love it. I just like the look of it!

How to make penney and book page necklace (would be a great gift, years could be birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)

But even if you’re not a book geek I think this could be a super darling Mother’s Day project. You could find pennies in the years that the mom’s kiddos were born and then instead of the “Good Skill” quote you could use a dictionary page on the word “mom” or “mother”. I think that would be really sweet.

Penny Necklace Tutorial

First you want to put holes in your pennies I just drilled them in with a regular drill. Easy. Then add jump rings to the pennies. Make sure to separate the rings by pushing the sides parallel as opposed to just opening the circle.

How to make a book page pendant. Easy to follow tutorial.

To make the pendant you want to measure the size of your works image space. I used 2×4 pendants and the space was 1.75×0.75 inches so that’s the size I made my text. Scan your image, size it, and print it. Trim along the edges. Then glue the paper into the pendant. Let dry.

Then add a thin coat of dimensional magic. This will give it a glassy resin like finish (I’ve said it before but this is my absolute favorite craft product). Let dry for a few hours (I just do it overnight).

Attach the pennies to the pendant with jump rings and string on a chain and you are good to go!

More on the Book: The Ward 

And if you are curious about the book that inspired this project, The Ward, I like to describe it as a dystopian Speed Racer in water meets American folklore. The synopsis which you can read on amazon or goodreads made it sound interesting but it’s so much more than it describes. Something really clicked with me for this one. Like in the way that Insignia, Ender’s Game and Ready Player One clicked for me. Really I loved it. There are so many layers to the story which made it more interesting. And it is definitely it’s own unique thing. The Ward is a fast paced fresh story, with great characters, conflict, action and unexpected twists. It’s a bit hard to describe without giving too much stuff away but suffice it to say it is one of the only books I gave 5 stars to so far this year. You can read my full review here.

Beautiful Creatures Series Books Review and Lena Duchannes Necklace Tutorial

I shared my thoughts on the Beautiful Creatures Movie last week but I also want to share my thoughts on all of the Caster Chronicle books (that’s what the series is called)  in this awesome series. And since I can’t control my crafty urges I also have a tutorial on how to make your own Lena Duchannes necklace just in time for you to wear it to the movie which opens in theaters today.  And because I can’t help but share my geekiness I’m giving away a bunch of Beautiful Creatures swag and Lena necklace. Scroll down for more details on the giveaway.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. (description from Goodreads)

After watching the movie I had an even deeper appreciation for the complexity of the story. Guys it is SO much better and deeper than the movie does (or even could) get across. The story is told (mostly) from Ethan’s perspective (yup a male POV) and the romance and friendships are smart and fun. Ethan and Lena are such a sweet couple and they struggle through so many hoops to be together and help each other through various trials. Oh and by the way they can kelt or mindspeak with each other, it’s kind of awesome. Link is possibly my favorite best friend/side kick character I’ve come across. He’s totally boy, totally loyal and surprisingly a great guy. Also there are all these side characters that are wonderful and I know would never make it into the movie just for the sake of time. But their insight and humor had me grinning constantly while I read. Some of my favorites are Ethan’s great aunts who are just ridiculous and endearing. All the characters are beautifully multidimensional. They struggle with who they are, they aren’t totally good or bad, they grow, and they work together.

But besides great characters the story is lots of fun. I listened to the first book, Beautiful Creatures, and was immediately drawn into the story. Witches, or rather Casters in an every day American town in the South with Civil War flashbacks was a setting that I loved. If you know me you know I’m all about kids with powers and even better if it takes place in a school setting. The first book didn’t blow me away but I definitely enjoyed it and the audiobook performance is great. The second book, Beautiful Darkness was my least favorite but I still really liked it. More characters were introduced and I became even more attached to the ones I had already met. But the third book Beautiful Chaos, absolutely stole my heart. Seriously. I love love love this book. The characters ALL grow by leaps and bounds and the depth of the story multiplies. It’s fantastic. Book three leaves you with a cliffhanger though so you’ll want to have Beautiful Redemption waiting on the deck. And I can say the final book of the series did not disappoint. It’s a totally different book than the others but in a really good way that makes the story fresh. The direction is completely different than where I expected (and have seen other books) take the story. And it’s a very cool direction.

Ethan describes Lena as

“A girl who wore a long silver chain around her neck, with tons of stuff dangling from it — a plastic ring from a bubblegum machine, a safety pin, and a bunch of other junk …”

She explains that

“They aren’t really charms, just things that mean something to me […] I know it looks like a bunch of junk. But I’ve never lived anywhere very long. I’ve never had the same house, or the same room for more than a few years, and sometimes I feel like the little pieces of me on this chain are all I have.”

And Ethan again

“I touched her charm necklace. It all looked like junk, and most of it was — the most important junk in the world. And now it had become my junk, too. A flattened penny with a hole in it, from one of those machines at the food court across from the movie theater, where we had gone on our first date. A piece of yarn from the red sweater she had worn to go parking at the water tower, which had become an inside joke between us. The silver button I had given her for luck at the disciplinary meeting. My mom’s little paper-clip star.”

Lena’s necklace is an image that stands out in the books. Through out each of the she adds to her necklace. I knew right away that I wanted to make my own version. You can make one to symbolize things that are important to you but I decided to try and duplicate Lena’s as well as I could. I included:  locket, seashell, soda tab, red string, plastic ring, bird charm, smashed penny, star made from a paper clip, rose pendant, treble clef charm, safety pin, black stone (and I want to add a piece of sea glass and a silver button). Are there any other treasures you can remember that I left off? Most of the trinkets could just be strung onto the chain but for the others I either made a hole or glued a ring to the item.

And just for fun I’m giving away all a bunch of Beautiful Creatures goodies. A movie poster, a few bookmarks, themed candy, shirt, and a Lena necklace. Click here to enter the giveaway.

Tutorial: Double Fingerprint Heart Necklace

One of the very first things that I ever pinned was this double fingerprint charm by Brent and Jess of Fabuluster on Etsy. You’ve probably seen the gorgeous pendants that mesh your and your spouse’s thumbprints, kind of a lovers charm? But if you’re anything like me you might have a hard time spending the 235$ to buy one (or ask someone else to buy one) for yourself.

I decided to try to make something similar out of clay. And while I still think the original version is clearly better I’m quite smitten with how this one turned out.

This was actually really easy and super inexpensive to make. I was thinking of making my sister one for mother’s day with the thumbprints of the naughties on it. And if you want to make it for a man it would be fun to put the hole on the side and make it into a key chain.

Lovers Double Fingerprint Heart Necklace Tutorial

You’ll Need:

Start by rolling a small amount of clay into a ball. Next roll the clay out flat. Have the first person press his thumb hard into the clay. Then do the second thumbprint at an angle forming a V with both prints.

With scissors cut around the thumbprints to form a heart. Use your fingers to gently smooth the edges without disrupting the fingerprints. Use a pint and make a hole. Make it as close as you can to the edge being sure to consider the size of your jump ring or key ring.

Place the prepared clay on parchment paper or foil and bake according to the directions on the package. Turn off the heat and let cool completely in the oven before removing. place a small dot of black paint on the charm and quickly rub off. You may want to use a tiny bit of water to remove more paint depending on how dark you prefer it to look. As long as you work quickly you can add more paint or remove more.

Capture your love one's finger prints in a pretty necklace. DIY craft tutorial would make a great Mother's Day, valentine's Day or even Christmas gift idea

Finally open your jump ring spreading the pieces sideways (as opposed to prying open) and thread through the hole. My hole was too far from the edge so I had to spread my jump ring really really far. Then thread your chain through the jump ring and enjoy.

UDATE: thanks to a few people that brought this to my attention!

 This fingerprint pendant would make a great Mother's Day gift if you make it with kid finger prints. Great DIY craft tutorial.
From –Truebluemeandyou Polymer Clay Safety: Anything that touches polymer clay (knives, rollers, unlined cookie sheets etc…) can never ever be used for/on food again. Be safe and cover your clay in the oven with aluminum foil so the fumes don’t get in your oven (I use a cheap dedicated toaster oven).

A really good simple article about Polymer Clay Safety that goes into why and how you should be careful is here: http://www.squidoo.com/polymer-clay-sculpting#module10603851

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