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Happy Valentine’s Day: I’m nuts for you!


Well, I know today is ACTUALLY Valentine’s Day… but I really wanted to share these little necklaces that my kiddo and I made (well, mostly me). It all started on a walk. While on our daily walk, we found a tree that had dropped a ton of acorns, so we gathered a the tops and headed to the yarn shop. We bought some colorful wool roving and started felting some pieces to create little faux acorns.

I did this project with my kiddo, and it was SO messy. Water EVERYwhere. It was actually worth all the water splashing since she had so much fun. She worked on one piece the entire time, and called it her “purple cookie”. It was just a flat 2 inch piece of purple wool. She did a great job and uses it as a blanket for her ponies. I made all the acorn bits.


R really wanted to give a necklace to a couple of her friends, so we decided to turn these guys into little Valentine’s goodies. I made and printed out some, “I’m nuts for you!” tags, cut them and and tied them onto the necklaces. That’s it! If you want to make this for a special someone (mother’s day is coming up in a couple months) here’s a link to the Felt Acorns Directions I used, from Honestly WTF. Check out my “I’m nuts for you” printable, and add some necklace chain. Ta dah!

- Chelsey

P. dot. S. You will get pruney fingers. Bleh. Pruney fingers are like someone scratching a chalkboard for me… I can’t handle it. OMG. Eww. After about 5 minutes of playing in the water, I had to go grab some rubber gloves. Gah. Ewww. Pruney toes and fingers are the worst. Also see: I’m a weirdo.

Day 1: Magical Unicorn/Narwhal Necklace!

Hello all,

Welcome to Day 1 of the 50 DIY Days of Christmas. Whew! I’m excited. I’m going to kick this series off with a little DIY gift: the Magical Unicorn/Narwhal necklace! When asked, I tell people that my necklace is a Narwhal horn, but maybe you like Unicorns better? Well, then… it’s a unicorn horn. Hee!

Let’s get started with this easy gift…

Supplies needed:

  • - Polymer Clay: I used Kato Clay (known to be stronger than most oven-baked clays), but you can also use other brands you may find at your local craft store. I found my Kato Clay at an art supply shop (or, it can be purchased here).
  • - Toothpick
  • - Super strong epoxy that can glue both metal and clay (I used the Loctite brand).
  • - Bead cone/cap to cover the end of your horn.
  • - Eyepin
  • - Necklace

1. First, I wanted to note that I couldn’t find a bead cone/cap that I LOVED… so, I found an earring that had a cone that would be perfect. I just took out the extra chain that was attached (see the before below).

 2. Next up: the horn. Grab a small chunk of your polymer clay (I used about a 1/2 inch size ball) and roll out the clay to look like a stick. Test out the size with the bead cone (make sure it will fit).

3. Once your happy with the size, time to add some ridges to the horn. Set your toothpick on the horn (at an angle) and roll the toothpick along the horn to create some ridges (see photo below). Smooth out any rough spots with your finger. At the base of your horn, make a little nub that fits inside the bead cone. The glue will need something to hold onto (see photo below).

4. Time to bake. Follow the baking directions of your clay.

5. When the horn is done baking, let’s glue it to the bead cone. First, make sure you have an eye pin set up in the bead cone (so you can hook it onto the necklace). Follow your epoxy directions, and glue the horn nub into the cone.

6. Let the glue cure (usually about 24 hours) and… You’re Done!

7. Attach to a necklace chain and give this gift to your favorite magical creature aficionado.

- Chelsey

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She also recently sent me a custom necklace. It’s the tiniest little heart with the letter “L” for Laureli in it. I wear it ALL the time. It’s so light I don’t even notice it’s on! And, Ruari barely notices it… so, that means she doesn’t pull on it as much! Look how sweet….

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Trendy Crafter: Fabric flower

The next challenge for the Trendy Crafter challenge is: Create a fabric flower and use it in another creation. I’ve created a fabric flower necklace. We also need to include a tutorial on how we did this, but I’m lame and accidentally deleted all my tutorial photos!!! I do have the first photo and the end result photo. 

Basically I cut up fabric into a floral shape… attached it to a wire…beaded a necklace… attached the flower… and:

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