Sunday, January 6, 2013

DIY Project - Tribal-inspired Pin necklace

 I'm no good at DIY projects, and most of the time I can't stand the sight of whatever I've made but this was so easy to make and I quite like it (if I do say so myself!). This actually came to me while I was reading about the food in Cambodia (because these two things are so closely related...). What I'm trying to say is that I am so very proud of myself for coming up with this, but if someone else has already made this then please inform me of my mistake and all credits shall go to them!

You will need (1):
- Black cord
- 4-6 beads
- 40 bobby pins
- Nail polish in colours of your choice
- Cardboard/paper
- Tape

What to do:
1. Begin by lining up the bobby pins along the card/paper. This is simply to ensure that they are in a straight line, thus ensuring that when painting them the lines will be aligned and precise. (2)
2. Cover the bobby pins with the lightest colour nail polish. It make take up to four or five coats to get full opacity. (3)
3. Use the tape to create lines to be filled in with your darker colour. Fill in the gaps with the polish.
4. Allow for the polish to dry and then reapply the tape and paint the gaps accordingly. Continue to do so until you are satisfied with the end result, creating stripes of different thicknesses. (4)
5. Cut the cord to the desired length and thread all of the beads onto the cord, spreading them out evenly along the cord. (5)
6. Between each of the beads, push eight pins onto the cord (the bumpy side facing down/back). Ensure that the pins all face the same way (the bumpy side on one side, flat on the other). (6)
7. To finish off you can either make a loop and tie on a washer to close off the necklace, or simply tie it in a bow when you wish to wear it.
8. You have your completed necklace!

Alterations you may wish to consider.
There are many things that you can change and alter to suit your particular style in this project.
You may wish to use more or fewer beads, change the amount of pins between each of the beads, paint different patterns on the bobby pins with the nail polish and apply the pins with the bumpy and flat sides alternating (as opposed to all facing in the one direction).

If you like the look of this (I personally think it's an acquired taste, I understand it's not for everyone) then I would highly recommend trying it out because it is just so darn easy!

If you like the style but don't want to make your own, here are some similar styles from the following websites. Some are more similar to this than others...






  1. Replies
    1. Oh thanks! I'm not particularly good at DIY so I was a bit nervous about posting this but your comment has made me feel so much better! :)

  2. I don't usually like DIY, but that is actually super pretty

    1. I don't usually like DIY either but this just popped into my head and somehow turned out alright! Thanks so much for your boost of confidence :)

  3. What a cute diy! I am not really into statement necklaces but this looks awesome :)

    1. Thanks :) Glad you think it looks alright

  4. great job :) a pretty neckless u made :)

  5. That is such a cute and thrifty idea! I am rubbish at DIY though!! :)
    LaceyLoves x

    1. Don't worry I am absolutely rubbish at DIY too - nothing ever seems to work out for me so it was a miracle that this did!


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