With autumn in full swing, this nature-inspired project will have you layering charms in no time. This necklace allows you to use up scraps and leftover craft supplies, making it a great stash-buster for the new season. Wear it with a long cardigan or a leather jacket for a laid-back, fall-friendly look. (P.S. You can make a key chain version, too!)
– Scrap cardboard
– Leather scrap(s)
– Fabric scissors
– Rotary leather hole puncher
– Sewing machine (optional) and thread
– Jewelry pliers
– Jump rings: 12mm (1) and 6mm (at least 4)
– Embellishments: Metal charm(s), miscellaneous beads, head pin, chain remnants
1. Cut a tear drop/leaf shape from a piece of cardboard to determine an ideal pendant size before you cut the actual leather.
2. Use the cardboard shape as a guide to cut a leather leaf with the fabric scissors.
3. Cut 1/4-inch slits along each side of the leather leaf.
4. Separate the slits by bending them away from each other. This adds a little depth and dimension to your leaf.
5. Punch a hole at the top of the leaf using the rotary leather hole puncher.
Tip: If the hole does not punch all the way through, flip the leather and punch it again in the same spot.
6. Optional: Sew a straight stitch down the center of the leather leaf for additional detail. Add as many as you like.
7. Tie the threads and cut away the excess. Add a 12mm jump ring to the punched hole.
8. Open a 6mm jump ring and add a few chains.
9. Attach the jump ring to the pendant and close it.
10. Open a 6mm jump ring and add one or more charms.
11. Attach the jump ring to the pendant and close it.
12. String beads on a head pin.
13. Trim the head pin with the cutting portion of the pliers so you have about a .25 inch (.64 centimeter) length left.
14. Bend the length into a loop to complete a beaded charm.
15. Open a 6mm jump ring and add the beaded charm.
16. Attach the jump ring to the pendant and close it.
17. Hang the completed pendant from a long strand of chain, measured to your desired length.
18. Connect the ends with a 6mm jump ring.
Bonus: Put a different spin on this project and attach the pendant to a key ring to make an instant key chain!
You can take this project in many different directions. The addition of charms and embellishments make each version unique, letting you create a personalized necklace each and every time. What better way to use up those leftover supplies?
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez
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