Make Simple, Custom Jewelry for Mom’s Day

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Lately, I’ve become a bit fashion obsessed — particularly vintage fashion — and with this obsession has come a newfound love of jewelry. Typically, this love would extend only as far as my ears, and the zillion pairs of earrings I have to fit any style, color or occasion. However, I’ve been trying to branch out a bit. I recently bought this necklace:

Fancy, right?

I love the super long length and the fact that I technically still could wear earrings with it since the focal point is near my bosom and not my neck. But I have no desire to suddenly go out and purchase a bunch of long necklaces. Why, when I can just make some? With Mother’s Day coming, I thought this would be the perfect time to try out my necklace-making chops on some gifts for some special moms on my list (I won’t say who, just in case they’re reading).

Thanks to Walmart‘s craft section, including a full jewelry aisle, I was able to do this really easily. And it only took about $13 worth of supplies to make two necklaces.

I bought two packs of 90″ silver chain and two pendants. Included with the chain were 8 ring loops and 4 necklace closures. As I mentioned, I wanted my necklaces to be really long. I also wanted to double the chain to make it nice and solid, like my store-bought necklace shown above.

I was too lazy to take “official” measurements, so I simply folded the necklace until I found a length I liked. Then I used needlenose pliers to cut off the excess, shown to the right in the image below.

The next step was to attach a ring loop to each end of the necklace. Keep in mind that if you want your necklace doubled like mine, you’ll have to put it through 2 chain links on one end, then just find the center on the other end.

Finally, I attached the necklace closure to the loop. Done. In about 5 minutes. Really.

I just slipped a gorgeous pendant on the chain and bam! Instant fashionista! OK…maybe not instant, but pretty close. In fact, I made 2 necklaces within about 15 minutes, including a break to catch a news story on TV.

Now that’s what I call an easy gift. And noone has to know just how easy. Now if I can just get my husband to make me a couple of these for me for Mother’s Day, I’ll be set :)

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with compensation for my time and effort in sharing a Mother’s Day idea with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

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