How to Make an Initial Necklace for Mother’s Day

How To Make A Mother's Day Initial NecklaceAfter I made some paint-dipped earrings recently, I had some wooden coins leftover that were calling out to me. I realized they were the perfect size to make a necklace. And what better type of necklace than one for Mother’s Day? I love the silver necklace I wear every single day with my daughter’s initial stamped on it, so I wondered if I could make a version for my own mom, using the initials of her grandchildren. My mom always says she loves handmade gifts best, so I feel confident that combining a handmade gift with her love of her grandkids is a sure bet.

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Step 1

 Open GalleryHow To Make An Initial Necklace for Mother's DayI started out by gathering all of the materials I thought I might use. I wasn’t really sure yet of the colors I wanted to use, so I grabbed several colors of acrylic craft paint, the wooden coins, silver liquid gilding, silver chain, a few jewelry rings, and a lobster clasp, as well as some silver leather cord I had on hand.

Step 2

 Open GalleryHow To Make An Initial Necklace For Mother's DayThe coins didn’t have a hole to use to attach the silver chain, so I pulled out my drill and the smallest bit I could find.

Step 3

 Open GalleryHow To Make An Initial Necklace For Mother's DayI drilled a tiny hole in the center of the top of each wooden coin. And no, my mom doesn’t have eight grandchildren. But I wanted to have extras on hand for a few other mothers I wanted to celebrate with a small gift.

Step 4

 Open GalleryHow To Make An Initial Necklace for Mother's DayAt this point, I had to make some design decisions. I had three paint colors: lavender, royal blue, and white. I also pulled out my letter stamps at this point, to see if I wanted to stamp the initials using paint or the silver gilding. In the end (big surprise), I went with white. I figured that white would be nice and bright, giving nice contrast to the initial letters.

Step 5

 Open GalleryHow To Make An Initial Necklace For Mother's DayNext, I tested using the stamps with the paint — and it failed completely. The paint was too thick to use on the stamps, leaving blobs instead of letters, no matter how much I blotted. Before I ran out to go find colored ink, I decided to give the silver gilding liquid a try. MUCH BETTER. I actually used the liquid left on the cap of the jar (you need to shake it up pretty vigorously, so the cap is coated with gilding when you unscrew it), pressed the stamp into the gilding, blotted once on some cardstock and then stamped the letter in the center of the white circle. Perfection.

Step 6

 Open GalleryHow To Make An Initial Necklace For Mother's DayOnce the gilding was dry, I used the small silver jump rings to circle through the holes I drilled in each coin, then strung the silver chain through the jump rings with a few wooden beads to keep the coins separate and visible.

Step 7

 Open GalleryHow To Make An Initial Necklace For Mother's DayThen, because no gift is complete without pretty packaging, I whipped up some origami stars and scattered them in a small box with the necklace with some silver tissue paper.

Step 8

 Open GalleryHow To Make An Initial Necklace For Mother's DayTo top the sundae off with a cherry, I wrapped the box with some pretty washi tape and added a little handwritten tag for my star mom. Done!

Materials

  • wooden coins
  • acrylic craft paint
  • silver liquid gilding
  • letter stamps
  • silver jump rings
  • silver chain

Tools

  • drill and the smallest drill bit you can find
  • needle nose pliers
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As the founder, designer, and one-woman workforce behind Minnow + Co, a tight budget has never stopped this DIY-girl-at-heart from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every ...

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