This DIY paper necklace project was originally created by Adrianne Surian for the Core’dinations Core Blog.
Turn your love for scrap booking into an everyday accessory with this easy DIY paper necklace project! Wear this necklace by itself or layer it with your other favorite jewelry! No matter how you wear it, this is the perfect addition to any outfit and is a great way to get rid of old scrap paper!
- Patterned Paper
- Pastel Cardstock and/or Brights
- Silver Ink (Or your color of choice)
- 1 Inch Circle Wood Discs (6)
- Darice 1 Inch Circle Punch
- Mod Podge (Glossy or Matte)
- Darice Paint Brush
- Craft Squeegee
- Crop-a-Dile 1/16 Inch Punch
- Darice 24 Inch Cable Chain
- Darice 7mm Jump Rings
- Darice Jewelry Pliers
Step 1. Punch 12 circles of your favorite papers – two for each round disc. I used pink on one side, gray on the other, in various patterns.
Step 2. Use Mod Podge to adhere the paper circles to your wooden discs. I used a craft squeegee to ensure a tight seal – use the Mod Podge to glue the circle onto each disc, then press the squeegee across the surface of the disc, getting rid of any excess Mod Podge and any bubbles.
Step 3. Cover your discs with 2 thin coats of Mod Podge and allow them to dry for about 15 minutes in between each coat.
Step 4. When your discs have dried, sand the edges with your Sand-it gadget. This will ensure that you keep a tight seal on each one so none of the edges come loose. You can also take this time to add a bit of ink to the edges if you wish. I added silver ink to help the discs blend better with my silver chain. I didn’t worry about covering the edges perfectly but instead I used just enough to give them a hint of silver.
Step 5. Punch two holes in each disc, one on each side. The Crop-a-dile handles this task well, though any heavy-duty 1/16″ punch will work! Be sure not to get too close to the edge, or the wood may become fragile. About 4mm from the edge is about the perfect distance.
Step 6. Cut lengths of change to fit between the discs. In many cases, you will be able to twist open the links in the chain to separate it, but some chains may require cutting with wire cutters. I cut 5 lengths at 3 inches long, and a 6th length of 6 inches (to go around the neck). This will make your necklace about 27 inches long, which is a good length for this style of necklace. If you prefer longer or shorter, just make the necessary adjustments to the 6th length of the chain. *Note: if your necklace is shorter than 22 inches, you will need a clasp. Longer necklaces can slip over your head.*
Step 7. Attach the chain to the discs using jump rings. Twist open the jump rings with your jewelry pliers, add the chain and disc onto the open ring, and then twist it closed again. When all pieces are connected, you’re finished!
This fun, casual style of necklace is guaranteed to look great with your everyday outfit choice, and is unique and homemade! Feel free to add stencils, stickers, or other embellishments before coating each disc with Mod Podge to make each disc even more unique.
If you enjoyed making this DIY paper necklace, you also might enjoy making and wearing this gold leaf bead necklace DIY project!
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