Hi Everyone! Lizz here, from A Little Bit of This and That
. While Mara is off jetsetting in Arizona, I get to take over! Muahahaha!! (Maniacally laughing while twisting my handlebar mustache)
So here's the deal...I write a blog that would be most closely categorized as a "Mommy-blog". I write about all sorts of things that mostly revolve around my kid. (That would be THE Skylar for those of you that visit here often). I do some food related stuff, but the thought of posting food on this blog is a little overwhelming. I'm no Mara. And I keep hearing Adam Sandler in my head..."They're all gunna laugh at you!" Thankfully, Mara requested a very specific craft/jewelery/upcycling project I have done. (Deep exhale)
Stay tuned after my (picture heavy) tutorial, because if you are the opposite of me, and the idea of crafting makes you want to breath deeply into a paper bag...I have a treat for you! I am also doing a giveaway! So, without further adieu...
Magnetic Necklace with Interchangeable Bottle Cap Charms
Skylar is at this "stage" where she and all her little girlfriends trade things like toys and key chains. I don't really like the idea of her giving away things I bought, so this is my solution. I love this idea, because each girl gets one necklace, and the charms are traded. They are super easy to take off and change. Plus, you can actually use anything that's metal or magnetic as a charm, like a kitchen magnet, or pair of scissors (although this is not recommended for safety reasons!)
Ready to get started? Let's collect our supplies!
- Elastic headbands (as thin as possible)
- Metal Washers
- Craft Magnets
- Bottle Caps
- Mod Podge (we have the glossy stuff)
- Paint Brush
- 1" Circle Punch (optional)
- Paper and Coloring Supplies
- Super Glue
- Glitter (optional)
I started by putting the necklace together. Take one of the elastic headbands, and put it through one of the washers. Loop back through the elastic and pull it tight.
Then use a dab of superglue to attach one of the magnets to the washer. Beware, these little magnets are very powerful. Grip it tight, or you might end up gluing it in the wrong spot.
And that's it for the necklace!
Time for the charms. Using a 1" circle punch, (or create a circle template) punch out circles of paper and create the design of your choice. I also printed out a few small photos and punched those out as well.
Now for the bottle caps. You will need to collect them first. So, um, have a party? Go to a friend's party? If you are making this for a child, I would recommend doing something fun like a root beer float party. However you get those caps, just make sure you give them a good wash.
We put a bit of Mod Podge in a condiment cup, and threw some glitter in it for a little pizzazz. I had Skylar use a paintbrush to put a layer of MP down into the cap.
Then stick your colored circle in.
and cover with more glittery Mod Podge!
If you haven't used MP before, don't worry about how white it looks now. It will dry completely clear. I leave them overnight.
Once dry, the caps are glittery, glossy, and glorious!
As an update to this project, I made a few new special charms for this post. First I made some just for Mara...
(Cupcake Club Logo)
Then I made a few new ones for Skylar:
See? Even her new dietary restriction can be made into something beautiful and glittery. And I LOVE scrabble tiles! I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier!
And that, my friends, is that...
So, If you are still reading, it's probably for one of these reasons:
- You love this project and cannot wait to try it.
- You heard me mention a giveaway.
The winner of this giveaway will receive 1 necklace with 3 bottle cap charms of your choice. You can pick from a few I already have made, a scrabble piece (if I have your requested letter available), and/or you may send me a picture to make a custom charm just for you!
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That's 4 chances to nab this super fun accessory! This contest ends at midnight on Wednesday (July 13th), so don't delay!!
Thank you for letting me share a little bit of our world with you today. Have a wonderful week, and Good Luck Everyone!!