DIY Animal Sweater Necklace

Last month, I made some awesome Animal Sweater Ornaments for my pink mini-tree and I just couldn't bear to put them away! So, what's a girl to do? Re-purpose them into something that can be worn year-round! (or, at least, all winter long.) These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them. I only wore these twice and I had several questions about where I got them! They would also make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Overall, I think they're the freakin' cutest and they're so much fun to make!

These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts

You will need:

Plastic animals (here and here)
Acrylic paint (here)
Felt (similar here)
Screw eyes (similar here)
Glitter (here)
Nylon cord (here)
Jump rings & clasps (similar here)
Beads (From Joann, like these but in pink & orange) 
Toothpicks
Gluegun
Jewelry tools (here)
Scissors (here)

Directions:

These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts

1. Paint a sweater onto your animals using your acrylic paint. I did it freehand, but you can always use some artist's tape if you don't have a steady hand. I did 2 coats.

2. While they dry, cut a few thin strips of felt for the scarf. Try to be mindful of how large the animals' necks are in comparison to the length and width of the scarf.

3. Paint your scarves with either a thin paint brush or a toothpick. I used the pointy side for the polka dots, and the edge for stripes. I used a paintbrush for the thicker stripes, but overall I mostly used toothpicks.

4. Once the animals are dry, add glitter to the edge of the sweater to jazz it up and provide a clean edge. I used glitter paint, but you can achieve a similar look by using a small amount of equal parts glue and glitter to create your own paste/paint. I found that a toothpick was the perfect tool to get the glitter paint on in a thin line.

5. Glue your scarf in place. I used a small dab of hot glue on the scarf to shut it. If it moved around too much, I added a small dab of glue on the animal to secure it in place.

6. Using your pliers, screw the screw eye into place. I first took the pointy screw side and twisted in to make a small hole, then I used my pliers to twist the screw eye into place. When it gets to a point that it's mostly in, I recommend using your hand to twist it all the way in, so that your pliers don't scratch the paint.

These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts

7. Cut your string the length you want it to be plus a little extra. Create a Larks Head Knot to secure the thread to your animal pendant. I also added a regular knot after, so that it stayed in place, nice and snug and secure :) 

8. Add your beads. I only wanted a few, so I did 3 neon pink and orange on each side. Be sure your bead hole is big enough for your string, and trim as you go along so that you have a nice, compact edge to thread the beads with. I found that mine got "fat" after a bead or two and needed to be trimmed off.

9. Attach your clasp to one crimp, and your jump ring to another crimp, and attach them to your cord. 

These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY.
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY.
These animals in sweaters are so cute that everyone wants them! They would make a great gift for a winter or animal/dinosaur-themed party, or even as party favors! Click for the DIY. #diyjewelry #handmadejewelry #diygifts

How cute are these necklaces?! I'm so glad I get to re-use those ornaments and be able to see them daily! I really love re-purposing little animal toys, as exhibited by my Circus Animal Drink StirrersZebra Party Tray, and Animal Sweater Ornaments.  

So, what else would you like to see these animal toys made into? Let me know in the comments below!

DIY Colorful Jewelry Ornament

Ok guys, two very exciting things for this month. 1, Christmas is coming. And 2, I launched a jewelry shop!!!! Now you can wear gorgeous statement pieces just like me! They’re perfect for adding a pop of color to any outfit. I especially love wearing them to dress up a simple tee shirt and jeans (basically my go-to outfit), or to spice up your party outfits. And, they’re especially glam for all those holiday parties and events you have to attend this month! Swapping out your jewelry can give your dresses a whole new look. Since these jewels are so affordable, they’d be an amazing gift for friends. What if you put them in a super cute package tied with a bow?! These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do!

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift? These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do! Click to find the full DIY and check one more thing off your to do list. #diyornaments #stockingstuffer #secretsantagift
Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift? These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do! Click to find the full DIY and check one more thing off your to do list. #diyornaments #stockingstuffer #secretsantagift

You will need:

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift? These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do! Click to find the full DIY and check one more thing off your to do list. #diyornaments #stockingstuffer #secretsantagift

Plastic Ornaments (similar here)
Cardstock (similar here)
Embroidery floss (similar here)
Styrofoam circle or similar (here)
Scissor (here)
Earrings (here)
Pencil (similar here)
Glue gun

Directions:

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift? These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do! Click to find the full DIY and check one more thing off your to do list. #diyornaments #stockingstuffer #secretsantagift
  1. Open your plastic ornament and trace a circle onto the back of your cardstock.

  2. Cut out the circle.

  3. Place the cardstock circle against the inner edge of your ornament. Trace around the excess and trim

  4. Place your cardstock on a styrofoam circle or something similar and press your earring through to the other side. Try to keep it centered.

  5. Add the back of your earring to secure it.

  6. Add a string of embroidery thread in a similar or contrasting color so you can hang your ornament

  7. Glue your cardstock onto the ornament to hold it in place. You can either use only one side and glue it on all the way around, or use both halves and use a few dots of glue along the inner edge.

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift? These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do! Click to find the full DIY and check one more thing off your to do list. #diyornaments #stockingstuffer #secretsantagift

Now you can place it in a box, or hang it on the tree until Christmas! I think it looks so glamorous and fun, especially with the pops of pink.

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift? These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do! Click to find the full DIY and check one more thing off your to do list. #diyornaments #stockingstuffer #secretsantagift
Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift? These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do! Click to find the full DIY and check one more thing off your to do list. #diyornaments #stockingstuffer #secretsantagift
Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift? These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do! Click to find the full DIY and check one more thing off your to do list. #diyornaments #stockingstuffer #secretsantagift
Looking for a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift? These earring ornaments are way more fun than regular ho-hum packaging, and they’re super easy and affordable to do! Click to find the full DIY and check one more thing off your to do list. #diyornaments #stockingstuffer #secretsantagift

Pssst- all these pieces (and more!) are available in my jewelry shop! Head on over to see the full collection!

Colorful Ornament Making Party

We are SO CLOSE to Christmas! One of my favorite things to do as it approaches is gather up my friends, have a party, and make something for the holidays. I love crafting (is that a secret?) and anytime I get to do it with others, I am in heaven! I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. I teamed up with Oriental Trading to create a simple and affordable ornament making party for you and your besties (or kids!) this holiday season.

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading. All projects and opinions are my own.

I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty
I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty

I set up my party by putting a white tablecloth on the table, then stacking a few colorful plates for each setting. I started with a square gold polka dot plate as sort of a charger, then added a red paper dinner plate, a pink paper dessert plate, topped with a pink plastic plate for a little sparkle. It really reflected the light nicely! Then, each setting got a white stocking to customize filled with paintbrushes for the craft projects and a paint palette to keep things neat.

I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty

I used plates I already owned to hold all the craft supplies. My small ramekins held the sequins, my cupcake stands held the confetti, and white plastic bowls held misc supplies. My gorgeous pink pitcher was filled to the brim with perfect clear ornaments just waiting to be filled!

I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty

The table was filled with all sorts of embellishments to create the ornaments, like pom poms, sequins, tassels, and bells! I also had some craft supplies on hand, like scissors, glue guns, paint trays, and mod podge.

I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty
I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty

A white cake stand held our paints. I dressed it up with some sisal trees and some wooden frames ready to be painted!

I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty

I really wanted the table to have a bright and cheery Christmas palette, so I added the paper fans as a backdrop (DIY here), and matched the decor around these adorable mod napkins! The confetti and sequins worked as both a craft supply and decor.

I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty

Even though the color scheme didn't exactly scream CHRISTMAS, I still wanted the party to have a Christmas vibe. What embodies that better than Christmas trees?! I placed them everywhere I could, from the sisal trees on the cake stand, the clear trees surrounding the base, to the paper fans on the wall.

I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty

With a party so intimate and cozy, you're bound to have unexpected guests! Just like Roger, who came to take a nap under the table.

I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty
I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty

Overall I think this party is great for getting everyone in the crafting Christmas spirit. It surprises me that most people don't know about Oriental Trading and how many amazing party and craft supplies they have! With this setup, I can imagine everyone gathered around the table sipping some wine and laughing about funny Christmas stories! Or, maybe swapping memories from their favorite Christmas. Either way, this party is sure to please! Head over to Oriental Trading now so you can get your supplies in time for Christmas!

I wanted to whip up a simple party that brings my friends together to do something I personally LOVE- making ornaments! While everyone else is baking cookies, you can find us creating one-of-a-kind baubles for our tree that we can use year after year. Click to see the full party! #christmaspartyideas #christmascrafts #diychristmasornaments #cookieexchangeparty

DIY Animal Sweater Ornaments (Perfect for Mini-Trees!)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! While I usually decorated in traditional red and green growing up, my dad got us a little 3-foot PINK tree one year. It was the cutest thing! We decorated it with a few small ornaments, and basked in its pretty pink glow. 

Although I don't think I could EVER get my husband to agree to a pink tree in our living room (unless I have 7 daughters, and we all take a vote!) I did get myself a tiny pink mini-tree for the attic. And this mini-tree needed some fun ornaments to go with it. I had stumbled upon this puppy ornament from Neiman Marcus while browsing Pinterest, and knew I needed to make my own version! A few days, 2 coats of paint, and some glitter later, I was ready with an army of festive little animals! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting!

You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade
You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade
You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade

You will need:

Plastic animals (here and here)
Acrylic paint (here)
Felt (similar here)
Screw eyes (similar here)
Glitter (here)
Toothpicks
Gluegun
Scissors
Pliers
Embroidery floss (similar here)

Directions:

You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade

1. Paint a sweater onto your animals using your acrylic paint. I did it freehand, but you can always use some artist's tape if you don't have a steady hand. I did 2 coats.

2. While they dry, cut a few thin strips of felt for the scarf. Try to be mindful of how large the animals' necks are in comparison to the length and width of the scarf.

3. Paint your scarves with either a thin paint brush or a toothpick. I used the pointy side for the polka dots, and the edge for stripes. I used a paintbrush for the thicker stripes, but overall I mostly used toothpicks.

4. Once the animals are dry, add glitter to the edge of the sweater to jazz it up and provide a clean edge. I used glitter paint, but you can achieve a similar look by using a small amount of equal parts glue and glitter to create your own paste/paint. I found that a toothpick was the perfect tool to get the glitter paint on in a thin line.

5. Glue your scarf in place. I used a small dab of hot glue on the scarf to shut it. If it moved around too much, I added a small dab of glue on the animal to secure it in place.

6. Using your pliers, screw the screw eye into place. I first took the pointy screw side and twisted in to make a small hole, then I used my pliers to twist the screw eye into place. When it gets to a point that it's mostly in, I recommend using your hand to twist it all the way in, so that your pliers don't scratch the paint.

7. Add a small piece of embroidery floss to hang.

You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade

Dinosaur ornaments!! I mean, how stinking cute are these?! I know that dinosaurs could never exist among the other animals, but maybe a sweater and a cute scarf could have saved them from extinction.

You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade
You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade
You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade
You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade
You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade

How cute are these ornaments?! This has become one of my favorite and most fun projects to make on the blog! I really love re-purposing little animal toys, as exhibited by my Circus Animal Drink Stirrers and Zebra Party Tray. You can also use larger toys for a regular-sized tree, but these were perfect for my tiny pink mini-tree! Oh, and did I mention that they make a great necklace? Because they do!

You need these festive friends on your tree! The best part (aside from how adorably colorful they are) is that they're not breakable! Plus, you can make them in any color scheme you'd like. So, pop on a Christmas movie, grab your supplies, and get crafting! #diychristmasornament #diychristmassweater #christmadornamentshomemade

Will these ornaments be joining your tree this year? Or, perhaps your kids' tree?! Let me know what you plan to make in the comments below!

DIY Holographic Ornament Tags

Every year at Christmas, I always think back to Christmas when I was a kid. There was something magical about the holiday season back then. I distinctly remember Christmas feeling different. There was an anticipation in the air, like anything could happen. The magic of Santa, the warmth of your home, the mystery surrounding the gifts you would receive… it was exhilarating. This year, I wanted to make something that commemorate the amazing childhood Christmases that I had. The iridescent effect on these ornaments is super 90’s, while also being modern. Holographic items are coming back! These are relatively cheap to make in bulk, so you can make them for all your gift tags, to decorate a tree, or to create a Christmas banner. Give them to all your friends who love the 90’s as much as you do!

The iridescent effect on these ornaments is super 90’s, while also being modern. Holographic items are coming back! Give them to all your friends who love the 90’s as much as you do! Click for the DIY. #diychristmasornaments #diygifttags#diychristmascrafts

You will need:

Colored cardstock (similar here)
2.5 inch circle punch (similar here)
Holographic paper (similar here)
Scissors (here)
Embroidery floss (similar here)
Glue Stick
Glue gun

Directions:

The iridescent effect on these ornaments is super 90’s, while also being modern. Holographic items are coming back! Give them to all your friends who love the 90’s as much as you do! Click for the DIY. #diychristmasornaments #diygifttags#diychristmascrafts

1.     Cut out circles with your circle punch.

2.     Cut a trapezoid shape out of your holographic paper and a white or light colored backdrop. You’ll need one for each ornament you make.

3.     Cut a “shine” shape out of the holographic paper (not the backdrop paper). I made an L shape with a curve to finish off the triangle.

4.     Using your glue stick, glue the large edge of the trapezoid onto the top of your ornament. Add glue to the holographic trapezoid, and glue it on top. Finally, add glue to your shine and put it with the flat edge facing down.

5.     Using your glue gun, secure your hanging ribbon or embroidery floss. I made mine short and cute, but you can make it any length you need!

6.     Hang on your tree, a gift, or make a garland and you’re ready to go!

The iridescent effect on these ornaments is super 90’s, while also being modern. Holographic items are coming back! Give them to all your friends who love the 90’s as much as you do! Click for the DIY. #diychristmasornaments #diygifttags#diychristmascrafts
The iridescent effect on these ornaments is super 90’s, while also being modern. Holographic items are coming back! Give them to all your friends who love the 90’s as much as you do! Click for the DIY. #diychristmasornaments #diygifttags#diychristmascrafts
The iridescent effect on these ornaments is super 90’s, while also being modern. Holographic items are coming back! Give them to all your friends who love the 90’s as much as you do! Click for the DIY. #diychristmasornaments #diygifttags#diychristmascrafts
The iridescent effect on these ornaments is super 90’s, while also being modern. Holographic items are coming back! Give them to all your friends who love the 90’s as much as you do! Click for the DIY. #diychristmasornaments #diygifttags#diychristmascrafts

You can add names to the front or the back of your tag if you wish, or you can add a simple monogram using a sticker. I kept the front of mine plain because I thought they looked so cute! I love tilting mine back and forth to see the iridescent effect!

The iridescent effect on these ornaments is super 90’s, while also being modern. Holographic items are coming back! Give them to all your friends who love the 90’s as much as you do! Click for the DIY. #diychristmasornaments #diygifttags#diychristmascrafts

How do you plan to use your holographic ornaments? Let me know in the comments below!