DIY leather tassel necklaces

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

i am a creative down to the core, but i don’t capture my projects as often as i’d like to because i do most of my creating at night.  night time is great for crafting but bad for blogging (no light = bad pictures).  but yesterday, when the kids were at school, i made the grown up choice to create this tutorial instead of napping (and totally regretted that decision by 3pm)!

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

i created these leather tassel necklaces several months ago with some left over supplies after closing my shop.  i kept a couple for myself and love to wear them layered together.  i can wear them long or short since they are adjustable.  i have been asked for a tutorial several times after wearing them in my what i wore posts.  so here you go!

diy leather tassel necklaces

you need a handful of supplies for this project.  i got this 3 pack of tools at walmart several years ago with needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, and side cutters.

diy leather tassel necklaces

you can find leather tassels all over the interwebs, but i found some here.  i got mine with antique bronze caps, but there are a couple other options.

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

an unnecessary addition, but super cute, i add a wire wrapped bead to the end of each necklace.  any beads will do, i just had these glass beads from walmart.

other supplies needed:

about 32″ of chain – i chose antique bronze (similar here)

2  4mm jump rings (similar here)

1  6mm jump ring (similar here)

1 head pin (similar)

1 lobster clasp (similar)

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

i’ll take you through step-by-step, but you can see the basic order (above) to putting together this necklace.

diy leather tassel necklaces

this requires some cooperation between your right and left hands, since you’ll need to use both the needle nose pliers and the round nose pliers (or any 2 pairs of tiny pliers).  begin by opening the smaller jump ring just enough to add the lobster clasp and one end of the chain.

diy leather tassel necklaces

once those 2 pieces are on the jump ring, close the ring using both pliers.

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

next take the larger jump ring and slide the tassel onto it, and the chain inside the ring, then close the jump ring.  its important that you put the chain inside the jump ring rather than a loop of the chain through the jump ring.  once the ring is closed, you want the tassel to move freely along the chain, not be stuck on one loop of the chain.

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

next make the wire wrapped bead.  this is a little tricky, so here’s a great tutorial, but i’ll try to walk you through it.

diy leather tassel necklaces

slide the bead onto the base of the head pin.

diy leather tassel necklaces

using the needle nose pliers, hold the wire about a 1/4″ up.

diy leather tassel necklaces

bend the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

diy leather tassel necklaces

wrap the wire tight around the pliers, tighter than i did here!

diy leather tassel necklaces

holding the needle nose pliers in one hand, take the round nose pliers and grab the end of the wire, and wrap it around the head pin, just above the bead.  then clip off any remaining wire left.

diy leather tassel necklaces

it takes a few tries to get this right, be patient.

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

take the smaller jump ring, open it, and add the wire wrapped bead and the end of the chain, then close the ring.

diy leather tassel necklaces

all done!  layer a couple of your favorite colors for a lightweight addition to your outfit!

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

let me know if you have any questions!

diy leather tassel necklaces

 

entry wall gallery wall {step-by-step}

gallery wall

i love a good gallery wall!  i think they are a great way to inject a huge dose of personality into a home and can tell you so much about who lives there through pictures, prints, random decor, and style.

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when we built our home i wanted open open open space.  and we got it – yay!  but with the open space, we are lacking wall space, which means less space to decorate – boo.  in our great room (living, dining, kitchen) we have 2 walls.  TWO.  yes there are small 2″ wide wall spaces next to 2 doorways, but honestly other than that, we are pretty limited.

gallery wall

because of that limited wall space, i like to make sure those 2 walls have big impact!  one of our spaces is our floating shelves in the dining area, which i just love.  the other space is here in our entryway.  and because we only have those 2 walls, we also only have 2 options for placing the piano.  the dining room just didn’t work, so the entry way it is!  our enter is definitely not traditional, but we have to make it work.  it opens directly into our living room, so we tucked some hooks behind the door for guests to hang coats and bags.  our family typically uses the back door for our main entry, so our drop zone is back there.

gallery wall

our entry way has transformed so many times over the last 8 years here, and i’m sure will continue to, but i’m really happy with this combination i came up with.

i started by laying out everything i could hang on a wall that i gathered from around the house – posters, prints, photographs, instagram pics, monograms (“C” for our last name), numbers (5 for our family of 5).  then i measured out the space i had to work within and marked out that space on our dining room table.  then i got to work arranging and rearranging and rearranging again, then taking it all off and starting over from scratch.  it was a fun but long process.  sometimes i get in the same rhythm over and over that i have to purposefully go against my natural design instincts to force myself to try new things.  one of 2 things then happen: either i love it or i realize i gravitate toward certain things naturally because they work the best for me!  either way, i always think its good to try new things, even if they don’t work out. #lifetip

gallery wall

i’m really happy with the neutral base for this wall, but i was able to mix it up with a variety of frames i found around the house, mixing black, stained wood, gold, frameless and even a clipboard!  the “so rad” free printable was found here and i had it printed at costco’s photo center (my printer is a bit wonky).  i did the sketch on the lower right when i was in college – its me when was about 3.  the watercolored “c” was a gift from emily (tutorial here).  the salvaged “5” was a gift from my mom.

gallery wall

the “life is short” free printable is attached to a frame i had with the glass broken out of it, so i wrapped it with baker’s twine and attached the print with teeny clips.  to add a bit of color, i taped the pic of lily up with some washi tape.  the corrugated galvanized “c” was also a gift from my mom (yes, she’s awesome).  the picture of silas is matted with wrapping paper from target.  the “2 + 3 = 5″ flash card was stolen from my kids.  i told them it was ok since they already knew that fact ;)

gallery wall

this wall has the thermostat inconveniently placed near the center of it (why?!), so i have disguised it with this framed “5”.  because i want to hide the ugly thermostat, but still need it to function, i had to come up with a cover that still allowed the air to flow.  i wrapped a piece of foam with fabric, but cut out the section that the thermostat would sit – hopefully it works!  thankfully, our weather is so mild that our heater rarely kicks on, so it should;t be too much of an issue.  i hope.

gallery wall

the plant, accessories, and little washi tape bunting add just the right amount of color to the mostly neutral wall.


i made this fun little gif to walk you through each step of creating this gallery wall!