Friday, June 29, 2012

DIY: a Pinwheel Necklace

Happy Friday!  I am so excited for this weekend!  This morning my sister & I are off to Las Vegas to meet up with our longtime friend, J.  We've known J since middle school- back then we would all sit in my sister's room prank calling people and giggling all night.  We've grown up a lot since then, but I always look forward to our yearly (sometimes longer) get togethers, because I know we're all going to go right back into that place of feeling like kids again.  J now lives in Colorado and my sister and I both live in LA.  Needless to say, we're all far from our Indiana roots.  I can't even express how excited I am to spend this weekend in Las Vegas with these two.  I'll probably have little time to visit blogs this weekend, but I will definitely catch up on Monday when I return, and you guys can follow me in Instagram while I'm gone- I promise to post lots of photos (and not just keep everything in Vegas! :)

For this week's DIY, I wanted to create something really fun & summery, and I have been seeing pinwheels everywhere lately!  Now that I'm on Pinterest, I see all these fun outdoor/indoor home inspired ideas which give me tons of home decorating ideas, and I took one fun outdoor idea and made it into something wearable! 

Things you will need for this DIY: Patterned paper.  You can choose however many patterns you want.  I used 3 different types of paper, but sometimes I think it looks nice to use all the same.  You will also need some sort of jewels/stones to use as the center of your pinwheel.  You will need ribbon to complete the necklace, and to put the pinwheels together you will need a ruler, scissors, glue, and cardstock paper.

Ready to begin? 

Step 1. Gather your materials.

Step 2. We are going to be cutting the strips into even lengths.  Decide on how large you want your pinwheels to be and remember that they will be double the size, as 2 strips of paper are used for each one.  I would recommend cutting the strips to be .5 inches or 1 inch.  I wouldn't go bigger than 1.5 inches.  For different papers, you can choose different sizes, because you probably don't want all of your pinwheels to be the same size.

Step 3. Tear or cut your strips.  I tear my paper using the side of my ruler because I like getting a rough edge.  If you are not experienced in tearing paper, you may want to cut it.

Step 4. Gather your strips.  It will take 2 of the same type of strip to create 1 pinwheel.

Step 5. Taking one strip, fold it back & forth in accordion style.

This is how it should look once you've finished.

Step 6. Repeat with a strip of the same width/length.

Step 7. Now we are going to put the strips together by attaching the ends with adhesive.

Step 8. Grabbing the other end of the pinwheel, squeeze the inside together forming the pinwheel shape and attach the outside edges.

Step 9. Cut a small circle from a scrap piece of paper and attach it to the back of the pinwheel using adhesive.  This will help to hold the pinwheel together.

Step 10. Attach a rhinestone or other object of your choice onto the front.

Step 11. Complete as many pinwheels as you would like to use for your necklace.

Step 12. Compose your pinwheels on a piece of cardstock paper in the shape you want them to be for your necklace.

Step 13. Glue the back part of the pinwheels onto the cardstock in the form you want them to be.

They are all glued to the paper.

Step 14. Cutting as close to the backs of the pinwheels as possible, cut around the pinwheels, leaving the cardstock paper attached, holding the pinwheels together.

Step 15. Cut two strips of ribbon in lengths that you want you necklace to be and glue them into the insides of the pinwheels.


Step 16. Wear and enjoy!

What do you guys think?  Will you try it?

Have a great weekend & thank you so much for reading!!
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273 comments:

  1. Too cute! I like the stones in the middle. Have fun in Vegas :)

    xo
    Quiet Luxury


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  2. lovely diy, so creative and pretty <3
    & thank you for commenting on my blog :)

    xVisa
    http://1finedai.blogspot.com/

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  3. What a cute idea! I think I might need to make one over the weekend. xo

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    1. yay! I really hope that you do! Thank you!

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  4. Your DIYs are my favorites! Love this one, it's so cute. Have so much fun in Vegas.. I love it there! Enjoy! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. aww thanks, Yi-chia! I had a great time in Vegas!

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  5. Awww, this is so cute and fun! What a great DIY.


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  6. Oooh, Vegas weekend. Good luck and I hope you win big!

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    1. hahah thanks! I didn't :( But I still had so much fun! :)

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  7. Great DIY this necklace is adorable!

    -Kelsi

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  8. This is such a great DIY, and seems easy enough to try. There are so many different colors that you could choose from as well to make these!

    Stacie and Carly

    www.theislandsecret.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I love that the possibilities are endless with these necklaces!! :)

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  9. i've seen some lookalikes but in fabric.. i think in paper is way better cause the shape and structure mantains better. Great idea ;)

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    1. Thank you! I think paper would be much easier as well. I'm sure with fabric there are more options as far as pattern, but paper is just structurally easier to work with. :)

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  10. this is cool! love your DIY-things! :)

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  11. These are adorable! You really make me want to start getting back into DIY projects! :)

    xo
    aloveaffairwithfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. awww thanks! That's really sweet! You should try some DIY things! It's a lot of fun!!

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  12. The pinwheels are adorable! I think this would look great for scrap booking or in a card as well.

    Have fun in Las Vegas!

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    1. OMG I love that idea! I make cards all the time for bdays and this would be such a great idea! Thank you!

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  13. Hello!
    I just foung your blog!
    I love it!

    I made a blog a couple of months ago too!
    I would really appreciate it if you could check it out and follow if you like it!
    Thank you!

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  14. This DIY is gorgeous! I will definitely try it!
    Thank you for your sweet comment! I would love to follow each other. I am now following you!

    xoxo
    Meera

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    1. awww thanks, Meera! I really appreciate it!

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  15. Too cute! They can be great for home decorations too! Thanks for sharing! And if you have time, please check out my new post!

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    1. Thank you so much! That is a great idea!! They would probably be good to use to decorate my house for a party or something!!

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  16. Wow thanks so much for the DIY. Really love it!
    Nice job gurl *thumbs up*

    - Maudleen

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  17. Great DIY!!! I love it!
    Happy weekend!!

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  18. what a sweet necklace!

    -Jessica
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  19. Another great DIY! I love the necklace :) xx

    - Victoria
    www.VICKITAS.com

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  20. You always have such great DIY's! This one looks so cool

    xoxo Sootjeelina

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  21. What a cute idea! Really like this. Thanks for stopping by our blog and you have a new follower :)

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  22. Perfect.
    I definitely will try this :)

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  23. Wonderful diy, i love it
    xoxo

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  24. Super cute, such a great idea! Thanks, as always, for stopping by my blog and saying such lovely things! I appreciate it so much!! :)

    Marisa
    http://brokewithdesignertaste.blogspot.com/

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  25. what an amazing diy! it totally looks like something you would find at anthropologie, with a much bigger price tag!

    abigail
    www.farandwildjewelry.blogspot.com

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    1. awww thanks, Abigail! That's really sweet of you to say! :)

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  26. I love the DIY! It turned out so cute most of my pinterest crafting projects fail I'm not very crafty.. lol So jealous your going to Vegas I just wrote about my past trip there on my blog today ;) Hope you have a great time take lots of pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! You should try this DIY-it's super easy!!

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  27. It's very interesting, I think it would look lovely on scrapbooks.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you!! It would be great for scrapbooking!! :)

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  28. Would love to go to Vegas!!! Such a gorgeous DIY necklace it's very cute!
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    Ally xoxox

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  29. They are SO pretty! I really want to make one :)

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    1. Thank you! You should definitely make one!!

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  30. This is so wonderful idea! Love it!

    xoxo,
    Lenize
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  31. That sounds really fun! This DIY turned out so well - and your scissors are too cute!
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  32. Perfeito, amei o passo a passo! Vou tentar fazer...

    Obrigada pela visita no meu blog, já virei sua seguidora!!


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  33. Wow gorgeous ! An individual wheel can also be used as a brooch over a shirt or a blouse. They make a great fashion statement !
    Keep it up !

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    1. OMG I love that idea!! Thank you!!

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  34. What a fun DIY! And it turns out so pretty!!

    xo Ashley
    http://www.ashnfashn.com

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  35. I love it

    Kiss
    http://jourlejour-marie.blogspot.com.es/

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  36. The necklace looks great :) Have a great weekend in Vegas!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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    1. Thanks, Caroline! I did have a great weekend!!

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  37. OMG! So beautiful! :)

    Babi

    NEW POST ON MY BLOG
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  38. This is sooo nice!! :) What a cute idea!!!
    Thank you soooo much for your lovely comment :)
    xoxo from Munich

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  39. What a fantastic way to use up odds and ends, i shall be using your idea, thanks for the inspiration! x

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    1. I'm so glad that you are going to try it!! Thanks!!

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  40. that is awesome!!!! im going to do this for my girls. thank yoU!!! xx
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  41. These are so cute--what a great gift for a summer party! I hope you have a wonderful time this weekend, sounds like fun!

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. Thanks, Mary Jo! They would be a fun gift!

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  42. Love this DIY:):*
    Congrats for this tutorial, Allison.

    Enjoy your weekend dear.
    xoxo

    www.fashionmemos.blogspot.com

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  43. Very cool Allison! Very cool :)

    kat
    aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

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  44. The final result is awesome! And, I really love your scissors! :D
    I follow you ;)
    xx

    http://www.candiescloset.es/

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    1. awww thanks! And thanks for noticing my Hello Kitty scissors and for following! ;)

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  45. wow this idea is amazing. Really creativ. Thanks for sharing. I need to try this.
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  46. This is very clever!! I love this idea :) x

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  47. amazing tutorial love that necklace!!

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  48. It's a great idea :) I admire people who have many interesting ideas like you :)

    http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/

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  49. What a cute idea! It looks lovely, and I share your passion for crafting:)

    Also thank you so much for your thoughtful comment on my blog<3

    xoxo RetroClassy
    http://retroclassy.blogspot.com/

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  50. You and your creative ideas! I love this pinwheel necklace! So cute :)

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  51. Such a great DIY and I love the colors you chose!

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  52. Gorgeous idea!
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  53. Hi :) Thanks for your visit!!
    Nice and creative idea!!
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  54. this is so cute! and makes use of all these cool pattern papers i have (i don't know why...)--just hope it doesn't rain when i wear it!

    xx,
    kim
    thecoattaileffect.blogspot.com

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  55. This is a awesome DIY. I am going to put that on a present I am sending a friend.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I am now following you via Bloglovin.
    Always,
    Tarah and the City

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  56. i would have never thought this would look good but its SO CUTE!

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  57. Oh this is such a cute DIY idea!!!!

    ang-closet365.blogspot.ca

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  58. I have to say that this is a really clever DIY, and it turned out really well, looks store bought! :)

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  59. it came out so so pretty!! i love your little grey tee as well:-) thanks for your lovely comment too by the way.. i think we're already following eachother;-) you're in my blog roll anyway!
    <3

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  60. wow great idea! I will try it! thanks for your visit! I follow you back!
    My Daily Style

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  61. it is very pretty, allison. creative and such a simple way to make a statement. :) hope you have a great time in vegas!! :)

    xoxo
    jasmine
    AdamAlexMommy

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  62. cute!!!

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  63. Cute! Reminds me of my boy when he was smaller, he made necklace (during art lesson)out of colored pasta for me for Mother's day and he was pestering me to wear it :D Well they are not as nice as your DIY of course :)

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  64. If I had even an ounce of your creativity than I would be a happy girl, that necklace is pretty awesome!
    Brooke @ what2wear

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  65. this is seriously adorable!

    xx
    kat

    www.withlovefromkat.com

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  66. soy fan muy fan ... fanstastico.... besos y gracias por visitarme
    laura
    fashionhadas.blogspot.com

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  67. Oh alison im so excited for u hope ur having the best of times wit ur sis and friend. Its lovely to catch up and a weekend away even better. Have a great time my lovely friend cant wait to see the photos. Kisses from dublin xx leonie

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  68. great post!

    WMBG
    wiebkembg.blogspot.com

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  69. Beautiful!

    xo

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  70. Nice!
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  71. I just LOVE your DIY tutorials!

    xo

    modas-diva.blogspot.com

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  72. Awesum idea..loved it totally :)Love
    Shilpi
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  74. This is such a great and lovely idea, the paper flowers turned out to be very pretty!
    Happy Sunday!!

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  75. Amazing blog - I follow You! I really hope that You like my blog too.
    xx San ❤

    owslpassion.blogspot.com

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  76. wow good job!!
    xoxo
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  77. Such a lovely DIY, I really love it!
    Enjoy your trip in Vegas!
    And I got a surprise for you on my blog... :-)

    See you Allison xx

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  78. Great idea... How would you wash this?
    Have fun in SinCity!

    http://danaslookbook.blogspot.com/

    Dana

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  79. oh my goodness, this is amazing!! thanks for sharing, I've got to try this. I can just imagine so many different types of patterned paper creating such beautiful necklaces! :)

    metallicpaws.blogspot.com

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  80. thats one good looking necklace and i will be trying it out!

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  81. Adoramos o seu post,maravilhoso.
    Desejamos a vc,amiga um ótimo domingo e viemos agradecer por participar de nossa campanha,clicando Google+1.
    Super beijos da Glorinha.
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  82. it´s nice i will be back soon!

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  83. Love the DIY!!! is very amazing! xoxo

    blythelifestyle.blogspot.com.es

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  84. Great DIY Allison! I love the colors you used and this looks like it would be very easy to make. It looks like a great statement piece to pair with a plain tshirt like you did :D

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  85. It looks great! I realy like this DIY. ;D

    x Muriël
    http://thedesperatediaries-mk.blogspot.com/

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  86. You are so great at DIYs – this one is so cute!

    Sea and Swank

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  87. Amazing! The necklace is beautiful!

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  88. Wauw great! So creative!

    Love,
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  89. Love this! Really great DIY, so simple but the result is so statement making & super cute! You're so creative!

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  90. Cool idea :) I like creativity :)

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  91. Such a great idea for a necklace, very cute too!

    Carmen Ri.

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  92. Adorei, vou fazer e casa.
    Beijinhos

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  93. Wao, now you are a master! lol Love all your diy! You are an artist girl! Chic and feminine necklace! Love it!

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  94. can you say talented? definitely very creative!!

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  95. the pinwheel necklace is great! i just followed hope you can follow back at my new blog!!!

    www.trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

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  96. This is such a wonderful idea - thank you so much for sharing! Also, I love your hello kitty scissors ^^

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  97. from papers? that is superbb! I wonder if u could later make a tutorial for an easily-made-necklace which can be worn by men, I'd like to try one! (: (: (:

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  98. This is wonderful!! You're so creative :)
    Have a lovely day Allison xxx

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  99. You are an artist!!
    un kiss
    Rocío
    http://elclosetderocio.blogspot.com

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  100. definitely looks cute and you can be sure no-one else has it. btw, looking forward to your Vegas posts! ;)

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  101. Nice and very simple i love it!

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  102. Very easy and simple! I have a friend who makes necklaces like this out of fabric "buttons"...they are so cute and I'd love to try making one.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  103. What a great idea, the little diamanté centre is just the little extra perfection.

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  104. Hey there!! I just stumbled on your cute blog and I’m your newest follower!! Also hey while i'm here, i'd love to have you check out a huge Shabby Apple giveaway I’m having right now!!

    Hope to see you over there! And thanks so much!
    Xo, Emily

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