January 20th, 2014

DIY Dog and Tassel Charm Necklace

DIY Tassel Necklace: DIY Dog and Tassel Charm Necklace from The Kids' Dept.
Editor’s Notes

Let’s kick off this week with a bang by introducing our first “true” fashion craft tutorial: our DIY tassel necklace that features the most adorable custom dog charm! Aurora and Maddy both love a good necklace, and this design is fun and trendy – perfect for Mama and Big Girl alike!

DIY Tassel Necklace: DIY Dog and Tassel Charm Necklace from The Kids' Dept.
Craft This Project

DIY Tassel Necklace: DIY Dog and Tassel Charm Necklace from The Kids' Dept.
You Will Need:
  • Jewelry Chain
  • Medium Size Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Pliers with Wire Cutters
  • Bottom Close Clam Shell Bead Tips
  • Embroidery Floss in Two Colors
  • Small Plastic Dog Figurine
  • Hand Drill Tool
  • White Spray Paint
  • Eyepin
  • Jewelry Glue or Super Glue
How To: Cut a length of chain with jewelry wire cutters. For girls, 16″ – 18″ should be sufficient; for adults, cut about 20 ” – 24″. Add a jump ring to one of the open ends of the jewelry. Attach it to the chain by opening it in a twisting motion (rather than pulling the ends apart and distorting the circle shape), threading it through the hole in the end link, then twisting in the opposite direction to close the jump ring. Attach a clasp to the other chain end, using an additional small jump ring if necessary for the clasp.

Cut a long length of embroidery floss and thread it through the ball shaped clam shell of the bead tip. With the jewelry pliers, close the clam shell around the embroidery floss so it is shut tight and the floss is secured in place, then set it aside.

Wrap the rest of the embroidery floss around your three middle fingers. While the wrap should be tight, keep it loose enough that your fingers have a little bit of wiggle room. Wrap until you do not have enough excess embroidery floss to create another full loop around your fingers, then trim off the remaining thread at the bottom of the wrap bundle. Slowly and carefully pull the wrap bundle off of your fingers, pinching at the top to keep the threads in place. Use the embroidery floss length attached to the bead tip to tie the wrap together. Position the bead tip on the outside of the top of the wrap (as shown), then pull the two ends of the embroidery floss attached to it through the wrap bundle opening and make a tight double knot around the bunch. Let any excess from the floss length fall with the bundle, then trim the entire bottom of it off so the bottom fringes. With your fingers, gently pull apart the individual embroider floss pieces so they fray and become thin threads. If necessary, trim the bottom off again so the tassel bottom is even. Repeat to create a second tassel.

With your hand drill tool, make a hole in the center of the plastic dog figurine’s back. If the head area is large, you may want to move the hole a little closer to that area than true center so that the finished charm will be weight balanced. Drill down until the hole reaches about halfway through the figurine, then remove the tool and blow out any remaining plastic debris inside of it. In a well ventilated area, spray paint the dog figurine, adding additional coats as necessary until the coverage is completely even. When the painted dog is dry, insert the eyepin into the hole, and trim away any excess wire at the bottom of the pin necessary to make the eye sit flush with the dog’s back. Fill the hole with jewelry glue or super glue, and, working quickly, insert the eyepin again, holding it straight and in place momentarily while the glue sets.

When the glue is dry, put the dog charm and the two tassels on an open jump ring. Find the center link of the necklace chain by closing the clasp and letting it hang naturally. Attach the charm and tassel jump ring to the center link and enjoy!
Love the Look, But Don’t Want to DIY?

No worries, we’ve got you covered! This design is original to The Kids’ Dept., but here are some finds that pick up the look.


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