Clothespin Necklace DIY
I decided to clean up some of the clutter in my crafting and sewing space and found some clothespins left over from the Decorative Clothespin DIY. I don’t like to waste anything if I can help it so I sat aside a few of the other project left overs to see if there was another fun DIY project hiding amidst the clutter. I found cording from the Razor Back T-shirt tutorial and beads left over from the Wrap Bracelet How to tutorial. I guess this makes for a scrap busting, clutter eliminating, upcycling, waste not want not DIY project.
Not only is it a great upcycle, it is a cool and fun necklace as well. The Kiddo likes it because she can make a bunch of clothespin spring charms and mix and match them to fit her mood or wear them like a charm necklace.
Clothes Pins (number of pins depends on how many charms you want to make.)
Beads (enough to match your clothes pins. More if you want to use accent beads)
Necklace chain or cording
Remove the spring from the clothes pin. The pins should slide out of the spring prongs easily. Be careful not to let the springs snap closed on your fingers. Save the left over pieces for a project later.
Decide on the beads you want to use. Make sure that the opening in the bead is large enough for both prongs of the spring to fit into without breaking the bead. If using a bead with a smaller channel the beads may slide off of the prongs.
Slide the bead on one of the spring prongs.
Slide the other prong in place. This may take a little maneuvering if the bead is large or if the spring is tightly wound. Use a needle nose pliers if necessary and be careful not to pinch your fingers. The prongs can slip when adding the beads and damage a manicure.My nails are such a mess in the photos because I usually do projects like this before I manicure my nails, just in case.
Optional: Choose accent beads to go on either side of the main clothespin beaded charm.
Choose your necklace. I used cording but a leather cord, silk ribbon or ball chain necklace would work great as well.
Use one clothespin spring charm for a simple and fun necklace.
If you want the necklace to be a little more detailed make more clothes pin spring charms.
Thread them on the same way as the simple necklace. I used silver cording for this one.
The necklace is ready to wear. The closure can be a clasp or you can simply tie the necklace in place. I added the same accent beads but you can change up the color or style depending on your outfit or mood for the day. The beads are easy to change out on the springs as well so the options are endless.
Do you have a favorite jewelry upcycle or one you would like me to try out? Leave your ideas in the comments and I will see what I can do.
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