I love the whole monogram and letters and initials craze right now – I just love personalized things, so I’m on board. When I saw the initial necklaces floating around, I wanted one… and you know me, I’m all “I could totally make that!” and for super cheap – I’m guessing it’s just about $1 per necklace, probably less. And I have a tutorial to show you how to make one for yourself.
If you’d rather buy one, just start browsing Etsy (like this one below) – there are lots of cute options. But if you want the accomplishment of making one, keep on reading.
I hear people like long step-by-step images for pinterest, so here’s that if you’re looking for one of those:
This all started when I saw these super cute wood letters in the scrapbook section of Michaels and I knew they could be used for something awesome.
So for this project you’ll need:
–small wooden letters (think scrapbook section) – 2 packages
–Painters pen or paint
First, dig out your letters. If they’re not the popular letters, you’ll need 2 packages because you need 2 of each initial.
They are pretty thin, so to be able to drill through the side they’ll need to be thicker. Hence needing two of each initial – you are going to use the wood glue to glue them stacked together.
Let the wood glue dry completely. (I waited overnight). Then you are going to use a tiny drill bit and drill through the side – you can do this!
Next up, painting! I went with silver to give the wooden letters a metallic look. I was afraid that regular paint would clog up the little holes I drilled, so I used a Painters marker, and that worked pretty good.
Now, the hole is pretty little – – I found a tiny chain that would fit, but the metal oring thing on the end was too big, and it wasn’t removeable. I squished it flat with my pliers, pulled the chain through the letters, then opened the circle back up.
And that’s it! I thought about giving it a coat of clear spraypaint, to seal the wood, but I forgot. But it seems like it would be a good idea.
Just ignore my neon pink nails… I took this pic right after returning from a blog conference where there was an 80s party….
True story – – my kids have “jobs” or chores, each day after school. But when I want one of them to take some pictures for me, I let them count it as one of their jobs, in place of one they don’t want to do… whatever works! So, pics courtesy of my 5th grader:
You can make this Initial Craft Necklace – really! Go give it a try!
mary giecek says
very clever, I am going to try to make some, I may use only one initial, I’ll have to find the necklaces, maybe at garage sales hope to see more of your things
Mandy Beyeler says
one initial would look perfect!