Creative Friday: Crown Jewels for Cheap

When I was scoping out Anthropologie over the holidays, I caught site of some amazing baubles. Some I wanted for my own. If only I had a unlimited budget, I’d grab them all.

But sadly, I could only ogle them. And go home with a few ideas to make them mine, but cheaper.

Here’s my inspiration: 

sudsy glass strand

Gorg right? It’s called Sudsy Glass Strand and sadly they no longer have it at Anthropologie. And they don’t have the price either. But I do remember it was expensive. Too expensive for me anyway. But I also saw this as an exciting challenge. And decided to make it my own.

How I DID IT:

Basically, I took my skills from a one day class in jewelry making that I learned over a decade ago. Then, I grabbed these clear jewels from Michael’s. (I couldn’t find ones exactly like those at Anthropologie. But these were a lot cheaper.) And then I threaded them through fishing line. (My dad’s fishing line and his rusty pliers come in handy for jewelry making.) I used my crimp tube, spring ring, and close ring to finish. It took about 10 minutes or less to do it. And I ended up with this:

While it’s heavier than most of my necklaces, it gives what my husband calls a “fancy” look to it. And that makes me pretty happy.

Got anything that makes you feel fancy, but secretly is pretty cheap? Share please.

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Creative Friday: DIY Snow Globe

On a jaunt to Anthropologie a few weeks ago, I was mesmerized by this:

I stared at it, picked it up (saw the $25 price tag), scratched my head and had a sudden exciting thought that maybe, just maybe I could do it myself.

And I did.

If you want to re-create the project, check out my recipe below:

Basically, I took this mason jar:

And I stuck double-sided tape on the cover:

Grabbed these twin trees from Michael’s:

Here they are sans plastic container. Aren’t they cute?

Glue gunned them.

Pushed them down onto the lid with double-sided tape for good measure.

And grabbed some snowflake sprinkles.

I simply poured a handful on the lid and voila!

After carefully twisting the cap on it, it was finished.

Happy Fridays are days when I get to be crafty. Did you DIY any holiday crafts lately?

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