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DIY Gem Statement Necklace

 

 

 

Add a finishing touch to your outfit with a gorgeous statement necklace. See how to create your own in six simple steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What you need:
Chain
Gems
Jewelry Pliers
Jumprings
Lobster Clasp
E6000 glue
Plastic square
scissors

Get a kit with all the supplies here!

What to do:
Cut two pieces of chain and lay them down so there is crescent shaped gap between the two pieces.
Next cut the plastic sheet to fit the gap.
Glue the chain to the top of the crescent, then start glueing your gems on the plastic.
Once you have your gem pattern in place, glue the longer piece of chain to the bottom of the plastic.
Reinforce the necklace by glueing together the chain on both sides of your necklace. Let glue dry.
Add jumprings and lobster clasp using your jewelry pliers.
Ready to wear!

 

Growing up in Wisconsin, Jenni Radosevich was always creating her own style. If she saw something in a magazine that she couldn’t find in her local department store, she would make it herself. Now living in New York, her affinity to “spot style you love, and do-it-yourself” has manifested itself into a website: ISpyDIY.com and book, I Spy DIY Style, which has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, Rachel Ray Show, CNN.com, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and InStyle magazine.


Jen Jones

Organize With This: Acrylic!

Trend:  Acrylic Organizers!

Acrylic organizers are some of my favorite for many different tasks and for many different reasons.  They can be used in endless ways and come in a large variety of options.  Here are some of my favorites!

 

Acrylic drawer organizers do their job of keeping items separate and simple to find, but they also keep drawers looking down right chic and pretty!  I love going the extra mile and adding some pretty liner in the drawer and have it show through the acrylic dividers as well.

 

Acrylic drawer dividers come in endless shapes and sizes, and many even stack to offer up extra storage.  They can be used for anything from office drawers to jewelry sorters and when you don’t need them anymore in one space, they can easily be adapted into another.

 

Where I really love to see acrylic organizers being played with, is at the desk!

 

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Acrylic gives desk spaces both a sophisticated yet playful vibe.  You can find organizers that work for corralling business cards, desk accessories and even stacks of papers, folders and mail.

 

 

Another show stopper is the acrylic tray.  It is so gorgeous and versatile, that you see them being lined with cloth and used as jewelry holders….

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Or for corralling accessories on top of a sideboard cabinet, a dresser, coffee table, and yet again, at the workspace.

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Acrylic organizers are really wonderful for organizing beauty products, since there are some of us who may like to have a few options on hand, the clear organizers help find everything quick and easy when dolling up.

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Or even for those looking to take their makeup goodies on the go!

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The portable caddy would also look incredible center of the table with some cutlery, or on a desk with pens, pencils and a pad a paper.  I personally love it for corralling my manicure items.

 

Hosting a party or just love having a bar setup in your abode?  An acrylic bar cart boasts organization for the supplies and bottles, and looks super glam besides!

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Although I am a fan of keeping the acrylic on display, it also functions big in tucked away places.  Smaller acrylic shelves can be added to medicine cabinets to create extra storage space for little things.

 

Smaller containers are wonderful for desk accessories, or in the bathroom for itty bitties such as cotton swabs and brush holders.

 

Acrylic drawer options that stack are ideal storage for under the sink as you can see the contents and save space at the same time.

 

Acrylic is an organizational win all around for many reasons.  It is versatile enough to be used in many ways, in almost any space.  It is glam, chic, sophisticated, lovely and can be dressed up or down.  It goes with everything, is durable, simple to clean and typically is quite sturdy for even the toughest organizing jobs.  One of the reasons I crush on it the most is because you can always see the contents of what you are storing, which means less rummaging and sifting for objects you are looking for.

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Jen Jones

Organize This: Jewelry!

Trend: Jewelry Displays!

The days of tucking our jewels away in pretty boxes and drawers are gone, today, we are putting those bangles on display!

It really makes sense as an extremely practical way of organizing jewelry since it allows us to see what we have, and ensure nothing gets forgotten or lost.  It makes it simple when planning an outfit, to glance over and pick the icing.  Hanging jewelry also prevents tangles and allows the items to remain separated.

As functional as jewelry displays are, they also look pretty enough to become part of the room’s decor!

Jewelry displays can be created in numerous ways, but most often times involve a darling frame with inserts of varying materials.  Knobs and hooks are also often times used.

 

For my own personal jewelry organization, I mixed and matched a few different display options.  Cork board for necklaces, radiator grate for earrings, an egg crate for earring studs and pins, a ceramic  hand for rings and a pretty dish for bracelets.  I like the setup on my dresser and keeps all the different pieces categorized.

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Speaking of dishes; tea cups, saucers and bowls all make great jewelry storage.  Earrings can dangle from the lip of the cup or bowl, and smaller items can rest inside.

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Another option is a jewelry stand, which is often times tiered plates or dishes which allow you to categorize each level of contents.

 

How about a tree!?  Not only are they sculptural and pretty, jewelry trees are really great for holding all types of jewelry while also reducing the risk of tangles.

 

Of course, the traditional methods of organizing jewelry have been around for years and years, because they work so well!  You can never go wrong with drawer organizers which allow you to divide out the contents and quickly find just what you need.  They come in many different sizes and finishes; even cutlery trays work great!

 

Jewelry boxes keep everything tucked safely and neatly inside, and reduce any visual jewelry clutter.  The box below functions as storage on the inside and out, allowing you to place your frequently used pieces on top, and less often used items inside!

I am a huge fan of keeping a jewelry landing spot such as the one above or a small dish bedside as well, for my wedding ring and favorite pair of earrings.

There are so many great ways to organize your jewelry, such a memo boards, trays, dishes, trees, stands  and organizers, you may find that just one system is the perfect solution for everything, or go the mix and match route to customize your ideal blingy jewelry storage.

 

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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Button Earring Holders

 

A couple of months ago I happened to catch an episode of the Rachel Ray show. I’ve only seen it a couple of times and never actually try to watch it. For some reason… the sparkling lights in the TV mesmerized me and I had to watch. I’m glad I did. I saw the most amazing thing! Ok, not super spectacular, but pretty neat. A designer on the show shared the idea of putting a pair of earrings together ON buttons. Yup. That means they are ALWAYS together.

It’s very simple to do. Pick out a few pretty buttons, poke the stud through the hole and clip the earring backing on the other side. Done.

 

A couple of tips for the process…

- If you have earring that are a bit bulky and wont fit together on one button: Use a bit of string to tie two buttons together, add your earrings to the buttons and now your earrings are together.

- If you have a button with multiple holes: it’s fun to put more than one set of earrings on a single button.

- Buttons that have a single loop on the back are perfect for wire earrings.

 

How many times have I fished around for the matching earring pair? How many hours have I lost doing this? Kidding, it’s not that bad. It’s just great to know where my earrings are.

 

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Display your beautiful jewelry!

It’s time to get your beautiful jewelry out of those drawers! Organize them in beautiful containers for everyone to see. This is just what I did this past week. How many of you have lovely glass containers, candlesticks, and glassware lying around? Yeah, me too. Inspired to get my jewelry organized and looking beautiful, I gathered up some lovely glassware pieces to use for this project.

Most of my glassware was sort of short, and I wanted more height. Using some super strong glass adhesive, I glued a wine glass, bowl, and candlestick to the base of three display pieces. Wait 24 hours, and you have a lovely collection of jewelry displays!

I love them. My favorite part: the decanter for a bracelet holder. If you don’t have a collection of glassware, you can easily find these pieces at a thrift store, for cheap!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama