Kids Crafts: Jewelry Making

This week I got to hang out with my school aged niece who was on spring break and she asked me if we could make jewelry. So, I set out to find some fun, easy to follow tutorials for making jewelry we would both be proud to wear! I found some great tutorials for making jewelry with a variety of materials including fabric, paper, washi tape and popsicle/craft sticks! With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it might be a good time for  crafting presents for the mom’s in our lives also.


These fabric bead necklaces are so much fun to make, and to wear! My niece made one for her mom, and I made one for my sister, who is about to have her second daughter sometime this week!



Fabric Bead NecklacesBabble Dabble Do

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Linen Lined Jewelry Box

By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

DIY Linen Lined Jewely Box

I bought this jewelry box but found it a bit too precious to use.  So I lined the bottom with some linen and have enjoyed using the jewelry box ever since!

1.5 - materials for linen lined jewelry box

2- tracing cardboard inserts

3 - cardboard inserts

After I got my materials together, I traced the bottoms of each level of the jewelry box on a thin but sturdy cardboard.  Since you’ll be using mod podge, you’ll want to choose a cardboard that can hold up to the moisture.

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Upcycled Vintage Jewelry

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I’ve got a little satin bag full of the sparkly costume jewelry that both my grandmothers used to wear to parties and I love to peek at their elegance, but I very rarely use them. They are a little too fancy for everyday wear for me and I don’t often have a chance to go somewhere where they would be fitting. So I’ve been on the lookout for some projects to use them with. I love their glamour, they deserve to be used and worn and these projects are just the ticket!

Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree by Burlap and Denim

Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas TreeBurlap & Denim

Well of course! A sparkly Christmas tree! I love the idea of making a Holiday display that sparkles and shines with the glint of vintage jewelry.

Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree by Burlap and Denim

Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree – Burlap & Denim

This pearl edged version is particularly pretty as well!

Great Grandma's Jewels by Simply Julie

Great Grandma’s JewelsSimply Julie

And here’s a way to make those sparkly jewels a little more suitable for every day use! Pretty little hairpins topped with something vintage and fun! These would be especially pretty for a little girls party hairdo!

Rhinestone Brooch Bouquet by Noaki Etsy Shop

Rhinestone Brooch BouquetNoaki Jewelry Etsy Shop

Ok, a bridal bouquet isn’t really everyday, but what an amazing way to carry memories of those who are no longer around for the wedding with you down the aisle? Such a beautiful bouquet!

Have you used vintage jewelry in any of your projects? Send us pictures! We’d love to see them! And check out these and other Vintage costume jewelry projects on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

Martha Stewart’s New Jewelry Line

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Trying out Martha Stewart's New Jewelry Line

I recently had the chance to try out the latest from Martha Stewart Crafts – her new jewelry line. I don’t think I’ve ever seen jewelry making supplies quite like these. My two favorites were the enamel and the jewelry glaze. They each add color to your charms and other things to create a piece that is uniquely yours.

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Wine Bottle Jewelry Holder

By General Crafts Contributor Melissa, from the blog MeloMomma

I just repainted my bathroom and my old jewelry holder no longer matches. After the expense of the paint and other materials, the last thing I wanted to do was buy a jewelry holder. So I made one!

What you will need:
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Tutorial: $6 Solution to Jewelry Photography

By Guest Blogger, Mariano Pastor from the blog “Via U! Photography Blog”.

A window and a piece of cardboard is all you’ll need to take pictures of silver jewelry with brilliant, even tones.

Move a table as close to a window as you can.

Make sure that the top of the table is a higher than the window sill.

Tape a piece of tracing paper to the window. Sunny or cloudy skies, the paper will make light coming in to be even and soft. Hang the paper so it goes down below the table.

When using white paper as a background put something white underneath to avoid the table coming through making it look dark.

I used a 2′ x 2′ piece of foam board to bounce back light from the window, you can use anything that stands upright without bending. A piece of cardboard covered with sheets of white paper will work great.

Light will reflect from the white card and from the white surface as well.

Silver is like a mirror, it shows whatever is around. The light and white paper will reflect on the metal making it look light and shiny. Pendant, a courtesy of Roxy’s Jewelry.

If you pull the white card away from the window it will create a dark area that will also reflect on the jewelry.

Different tones of silver make a picture have more depth. You may like the way it looks, or you may not. If you prefer the silver to have even tones make sure that the card is flashed against the window.

However, if you do want your background to have a gradation of tones try replacing the white card with a black one. Blocking the light will create a shadow with a clear edge.

Then you can play placing your jewelry where the background shifts from light to dark to see what happens.

Every other week we post a new product photography tutorial showing how to take at home the pictures we create at the Via U! studio.

The ‘nuts and bolts’ of Jewelry Making

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills.

My current crafting craze is jewelry making! I love accessorizing with necklaces, headbands, bracelets and earrings.  I’ve been intrigued by all the different necklace pendants & chains, beading connectors, and earring findings that are around. You can completely change the look of an earring depending on which finding you use; drop findings, hoop findings, Chandeliers… I could go on, but more about my love for earring findings in a later post.

Thursday morning the style expert for The Today Show, Bobbie Thomas, made accessories from items from her hardware store. More than likely, you’ll have these items in your garage. With all the craft supplies I tried, I never thought I’d be using nuts and washers! Watch this video as she makes nuts, bolts and hose clamps look cool! You will get tons of ideas from watching, hit pause to take a moment to write them down.

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