Do you love accessories? Especially those big, trendy pieces that JCrew sells for 230$? Me, yes – I love them. For 230$, however, it’s not worth it. What is worth it is trying to make your own!
After searching for a while for an accessory with some pop for my summer wardrobe I came across this neon nylon string at Michael’s. Then, I was inspired by a project from Honestly WTF where she made this beautiful brass ring necklace. So, I drove off to Home Depot and found nothing…back to Michael’s and I found the perfect silver rings…I’m not a brass person.
What you need:
- nylon string
- rings in different sizes (I used 2 sizes)
- lighter – a bbq lighter works best, then you won’t burn your fingertips!
First – gather your supplies. Then, play with the rings arranging them in different formations. Which one do you like best? Pick and it’s time to get started!
I had enough rings to put my template to the side and then build as I went. If you don’t have enough rings, take a picture or work carefully so you don’t forget your pattern.
Start at the top – with 2 rings. You’ll wrap the nylon cord around the rings so it shows 3 times on the ‘right’ side.
Now, tie a knot. Cut the cord, but not too close to the knot. Light it up (I did this on a small plate as to not burn my desk). Once the nylon starts to melt, press down on the knot with the bottom of the lighter to squish the hot nylon together essentially fusing it as one. Turn over and presto – one down, 23 more to go!
Keep going, one knot at a time. Every so often I would burn though the whole knot and I would have to start that one over again. Don’t worry – it’ll happen once or twice.
Then…you’re almost done! Ta-da!
Last step – secure the neck tie. Two pieces about 30 inches long – fold in half and attach to the top rings. Tie behind your neck at the appropriate length.
Now you have a new summer (or winter) accessory for your wardrobe. Moreover, it cost only 7$ not 230$!!
Enjoy the weekend people and visit again soon.