Ever since Little Crafter was born back in 2008, I’ve been on the lookout for fun and stylish family jewelry. I’ve made and bought several pieces I love, but I never turn down the chance to create something else that reminds me of the most important people in my life. Recently, I was browsing online for new metal stamping blanks and came across the cutest little bird charm. I immediately decided I wanted to use it to create a special little piece to remind me of my “little bird.” Here’s how it turned out…
TIME REQUIRED: 10 minutes
SKILL LEVEL: beginner
SPECIAL SKILLS/TOOLS: pliers
If you’ve never made jewelry before, this is a great first project because there are no fancy skills required. It helps to have a few basic tools, but if you don’t, you can borrow a pair of wire cutters and pliers from the hubby and you’re good to go.
Step 1: Measure your wrist and cut your chain accordingly. Make sure to account for the fact that the toggle clasp will take up a bit of space.
Step 2: Attach a jump ring to each of your charms. Space them out evenly around your bracelet and close the jump rings. Tip: When opening jump rings, always twist them rather than pulling the ends apart. Then, simply twist them back in place. This will make them close more securely.
*Note*: I only have one child, so I just had the bird, the bird house and one birthstone. For multiple children, you can personalize with as many birthstones as you like. I suggest folding your chain in half to find the approximate center and attaching a charm there. Then count a certain number of links to the left and attach the next one. Count the same number to the right and attach the third, and so on so they are evenly spaced. I had seven links between my charms.
Step 3: Attach a jump ring to each end of the toggle clasp and secure to the ends of your chain.
It’s super easy to do even if it’s the first time you’ve made your own jewelry! And I just love that you can make it totally personalized to represent your own family. This also makes a great gift for moms, grandmas, aunts…anyone! What would yours look like?
Five of #myfavoritebloggers also have really fabulous bird-themed projects of their own to share with you today too; be sure to check them out and of course to enter our $60 Target e-gift card giveaway!
10 Minute Feather Hair Band from Melanie at It Happens in a Blink | Bird Embossed Metal Bracelet from Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects | An Upcycled Birdfeeder From A Peanut Butter Jar from Tara at Suburble
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