Thursday, October 25, 2012

DIY: Stiletto Legs Necklace

When I first came across a photo of the Yazbukey Stilettos necklace on one of my favorite blogs, it was love at first site.  I then began seeing this NYC fashion week photo everywhere and I knew that I needed this necklace, but it was sold out.  As you guys know, when I want/need something that I can't obtain, I sit at my craft table and get to work, and the stiletto necklace soon became my obsession.  I actually think it turned out quite nicely!  Ready to begin?

Things you will need for this DIY: heavy chipboard or some heavy cardstock to serve as the "legs" of your necklace.  Don't get it too thick that you can't cut through it.  Also, you'll need something to use as your stencil- I used foamboard for this.  For tools, you'll need an exacto knife, a pencil & a marker.  You'll also need various colors of craft paint for painting the legs.  And lastly, for assembling the necklace, you'll need thin velvet cording, ribbon, small jewelry rings & glue (I used E6000).


1. Make your stencil.  Using a pen, I drew out a stencil on the leg on the foamcore.  You'll then need to cut this out so you can use it to trace the shape onto the chipboard. 


2. Trace the shape onto the chipboard several times and cut the shapes out using the exacto knife.


3. Paint the legs using a color of your choice.  I painted them a vanilla color because I wanted them to look as much like the necklace as possible.


4. Using colored craft paint, begin to paint the shapes of the stilettos.


Continue this process until all of the shoes are finished.  


5. Paint the sides black.  Eventually you'll want to paint the back black also, but you can wait on this because we are still going to make the backs a bit messy.


6. Cut 5 small ribbons, about 1.5 inches in size.  These will be used for the loops in back to hold the necklace together.


7. Using glue, make small loops with the ribbons.


8. Glue the loop toward the top of the leg.


Repeat this process, making sure that all of the loops are glued in the same area.


9. Grab your velvet thread, and string through the loop.


10.  Make another loop, around an inch wide, and glue together at the base of the leg.


Repeat this step for all of the legs.


11. Using the jewelry ring, attach the loops together.


Continue to do this until all of the legs are attached.


12. Lastly, on the sides, attach a longer ribbon through the jewelry loops so that you can tie the necklace together.




























13. Wear & enjoy!

So, what do you guys think?  Will you be trying it?
Hope you're having a great week!
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125 comments:

  1. That's a really cute idea!

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com
    I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you're interested :)

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  2. ah Allison, you are really too creative! Wish I could be so good as you! well done! xo

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  3. Allison that's great! You are so creative i love that!
    Your Necklace look very cute :-) Kisses Kira *schuhReich*

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  4. Love it!!!!

    P.S: Go enter my Bootie giveaway!!!

    http://www.hottheels.blogspot.com/2012/10/charlotte-russe-bootie-giveaway.html

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  5. very very original and good idea! congratulations!

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  6. Love a fabulous DIY from designer inspiration! Talented, girl! How long did it take to create?

    http://cstyledesign.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Cathy! It took 1.5-2 hours with some time in between! :)

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  7. Hah, this is the craziest necklace, I love how much it stands out! (It's so different, I haven't seen anything like this and I'm really impressed and how easy you made this seem.)

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  8. thanks for the comment
    i follow you ;)
    kisses
    http://blogcashmeremafia.blogspot.com

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  9. Your version is super fun! So great how you can recreate some of your favourite things for much less :)

    xo, alison*elle

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    1. Thanks! And it's so much fun too! :)

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  10. awww this is such a cute diy!!!! Love it!! Glad the tutorial helps :)

    ang-closet365.blogspot.ca

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  11. OMG how creative and cute! I love it! Genius!

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  12. very resourceful! i think it turned out well!

    [oomph.]

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  13. Seriously?! You are so creative and talented. Another fabulous DIY. LOVE how it came out, and this necklace is SO you!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. Thanks! I think it's totally me also! ;)

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  14. Wow Allison, great job!!! you necklace look like the original, you are so talented!!! Kiss Clo

    http://latelierdelachouette.blogspot.it

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  15. Not in my taste, but what a cute project!

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  16. Such a cute and cool diy you can do this with anything !

    xo,
    Cindi
    Breakfast at Cindi’s

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  17. I would never wear that, but it's still a cool statement piece. Very artsy.

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  18. Love love love and want this!!!
    Can you make it to sell too, I am sure not this creative and patient to do it myself!!

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    1. Hi there! I hadn't thought about making it for my etsy shop but I could always do a custom order! :)

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  19. SO awesome Allison. You really have a gift!
    Sheree xxx

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    1. aww thanks, Sheree! That's so sweet!

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  20. Aw wow, this is beyond cute, it looks so sweet and very funky!

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  21. Great DIY! Nice blog sweety! I m following you now on GFC! Hope you'll visit my blog and follow back if you want! :)

    xxx

    http://bygthoughts.blogspot.gr/

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    1. Thank you so much for following! I really appreciate it!

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  22. I've never seen this before! Ohmygosh! Your stencil looks so great. If I attempt this, it would look like a crazy kindergarten project....for real!
    You're too talented, Allison:)

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  23. Girl... you rock, how super cute is that? Caute! My "go to cardboard" is illustration board. I've made a necklace out of that and then coated both sides with brush on glossy sealer... oh my gosh, it was like wood when I was done with it :-)
    big hugs,
    Cheryl

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    1. Hi Cheryl! I know what you mean about illustration board- I used it all the time in undergrad! it's so easy to cut with an exacto! :)

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  24. too cute <3 you have the best diys!

    Alexa <3
    http://sleepeatbreathefashion.blogspot.com/

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  25. i am seriously kind of in awe right now, like did she really do this, is she really that awesome.......Yes, yes you are!!!!!!
    Brooke @ what2wear

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  26. Love this!! That's so awesome you made it yourself! Great DIY.

    <3 Josephine
    www.champagnestar.com

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  27. Great blog!! Love your DIY!! Would you like to follow each other?

    Love,Nyt
    from
    BIG hair LOUD mouth

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  28. Omg, I love it! What a fun DIY....and necklace! It's always important to have that unique piece!

    Marisa
    http://brokewithdesignertaste.blogspot.com/

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  29. that's a really cool necklace! great DIY!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  30. This is so creative! Love the idea!
    And the result is stunning!

    X
    http://dipitblack.com

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  31. You're so creative!!
    Love the necklace! Nice work :D

    http://doublecasualchic.blogspot.com/

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  32. I can't even TELL you how much I admire you for this. Seriously; you can be even more proud of this now because you can say 'I made it!' when people ask where you got it (and trust, they will ask). Love love love this.

    SIDEWALKCATWALKS.com

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    1. aww thanks! That's so sweet of you to say!

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  33. This look super cute and fun.
    xoxo
    Christy

    http://www.am2pmchic.com/

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  34. Es increíble, fantástico este post!!!. Un saludo

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  35. wauwww, so cool.
    Really love this. Great job!!

    LOVE BO,
    PurePreciousPerfection.blogspot.com

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  36. wow, that is a crazy necklace indeed! I didn't know about it before seeing it in your blog. I'm not sure if I would wear it but it's definitely bold and different, a true statement piece!

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  37. I love how you see something you like, find that it's sold out and just make it yourself – and it comes out amazing! Seriously, so inspiring.


    Sea and Swank

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    1. Thank you! That's really sweet of you!

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  38. Wooo GREAT DIY!!! So fantastic!! A big kiss muaks
    I Love cupcakes

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  39. How creative and whimsical. I love it!

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  40. Great, different and creative DIY, love it!

    xoxo
    www.misssainha.com

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  41. So good!!! Just shows that you don't need to buy designer all the time - making your own is so much fun (and budget-friendly, too)
    x

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  42. This is so cute! I just dont have the patience for DIYers or the coordination!

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  43. So cool! It reminds me of the Laurie Simmons' work for Thakoon a few years back {she did the leg coming out of the rose print}. Hope you have a great weekend Allison!

    xo Mary Jo

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  44. That is one of the cutest ideas I have ever seen! This is so adorable!

    oliviamoone.blogspot.com

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  45. that is soo cute, allison! i love shoe necklaces and this one is most definitely unique. :) thanks by the way for letting me know my comment box was closed -- i seriously don't know what had happened! i appreciate it. ♥

    ♥, Jo
    http://www.StyleAt30.com
    {Style Travel}

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  46. Wow how cool! Love it! You are so creative!

    -xoxo- lorena

    http://www.lolitainthemix.blogspot.com

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  47. What a great Idea! Looks amazing!

    kisses :)

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  48. I like your creativity!
    Have a nice day!
    http://deiafsalim.blogspot.com/

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  49. Hello from Spain: congratulations. Thou hast created a very pretty necklace and original. Keep in touch

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  50. wooooow amazing, i want such a necklace :D

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  51. That is so amazingly creative! Love!!

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  52. Great DIY!! Your version of the necklace is sooo beautiful!

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  53. tu make this necklage?!?!? very compliments for the fantasy, you are so good!! love it, and love also tha sunglasses!

    www.giornalismodimoda.blogspot.it

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  54. Thanks for the comment :) i'm following you on GFC, waiting for you :)

    Heelsongasoline.blogspot.com

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  55. wooooow sweetheart sooo creative and AMAZING!!! I love it!!! this is just ART!

    xoxo have an amazing weekend doll xoxo hugs

    Tamara Chloé

    http://tamarachloestyleclues.blogspot.nl

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  56. Wow, I've never seen that before but now I want one! Great directions, thanks.
    xo
    girlintheyellowdress.com

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  57. Wow, you're very creative. Love this!;)

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  58. thank you! and you are so creative :)

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

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  59. what a cute DIY

    http://ollyvialaura.blogspot.com/2012/10/lesson-learned.html

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  60. I am not sure If I can take that time to do it..but mann, I was inlove too!!! I will try but you can always sell it too.

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  61. What a lovely idea!

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

    Following you now:)))

    Have a nice weekend <3

    xxx

    eve
    http://sundaydresses.blogspot.co.at/

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  62. You are fabulous!!! I tell you with my heart! Your hands are a precious gift!
    Great!
    LaCrilla
    www.lacrilla.blogspot.com
    www.facebook.com/putapin

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    1. aww thanks! That's really kind of you to say!

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  63. WOW You are so creative !

    nice blog :)

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  64. Whoa, you made it perfectly! Love it :D

    Trendy Teal

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  65. That's a really cute idea!
    cool !! <3

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  66. thank you so much for the kind comment on my blog- wow this diy is fantastic!
    im going to practice drawing legs (my drawing skills are appaling) as this looks fantastic
    i cant believe im not following you already!
    am now
    x

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    1. aww thanks, Jodie! I really appreciate your sweet words & thanks for following!

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  67. haha wow what a unique necklace! don't think I've seen anything like it haha. you did a fantastic job of imitating the legs though. the end result is amazing, well done :)

    metallicpaws.blogspot.com

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  68. So edgy! nice ;)

    www.graceintemporelle.com

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  69. Oh my gosh your version turned out so well! These remind me of the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. I bet these legs would look great laser cut out of perspex too. Especially a gold mirrored type perspex with each shoe etched in... okay there I go getting carried away again.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

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    1. OMG a Christmas Story! That leg lamp was the best! AND yes, I totally agree- they would look great cut out of mirrored perspex...stop giving me more ideas! I already don't have enough time as it is! haha! :)

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  70. I didnt like the original one on the first place...but have to amit you made quite a great and cheap lookalike ;) Clever idea!

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  71. Oh wow, that looks nearly identical to the original! Such a creative idea! I bet you could create almost anything you set your mind to. I definitely admire that about you :)

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    1. aww thanks, Victoria! That is so sweet of you to say!

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  72. I love this DIY. It looks amazing! xx

    - Victoria
    www.VICKITAS.com

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  73. Interesting DIY, cute :)

    Liked your style, follow each other on GFC?

    http://www.lookbookunlimited.com/

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  74. very creative!!
    xo
    naty
    aloveaffairwithfashion.blogspot.com

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  75. Love this! Sending love from New York City, hope you are well. Please follow me! & like me on Facebook! If you have bloglovin, we should follow each other!
    xox
    Janicethitran.blogspot.com
    <3

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  76. That necklace is so fun, what a great DIY project!

    -Ashley
    http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

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  77. Cool DIY!
    Have a wonderful week!

    http://insofiashoes.blogspot.pt

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  78. So cool!!!

    New post:
    http://curlsandfrecklescs.blogspot.it/2012/10/cafe-bijoux-romanticismo-retro.html
    xoxo
    Simona

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  79. Too CUTE! I love this! Just wish I could draw :)

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  80. So cute! what a genius DIY!
    love your blog dear, how would you like to follow each other on Bloglovin and GFC?

    http://anmari-ish.blogspot.com

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  81. i LOVE this diy! i was right there with you when i saw that the necklace was sold out everywhere and it never even occurred to me that it would make an amazing diy project. it turned out amazing and i can't wait to get right on following your instructions to make my own. you are a diy queen!

    abigail
    www.farandwildjewelry.blogspot.com

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