Monday, April 19, 2010

cut and paste necklaces

hello and happy monday to you! i'm working my way through a large coffee, sneezing my head off and looking back on some cut and paste fun i had this weekend. inspired by a beautiful patterned pendant i bought from jess swift last year, i decided to try a humble version made of paper. just as i did with the bookmarks, i collaged an 8.5x11 sheet of 80 lb cardstock with pieces from my stash - mostly stuff from old marie-claire maisons, anthropologie catalogs, and patterned papers. i covered both sides to make the necklaces reversible.

cut-and-paste-sheet

instead of cutting the sheet into rectangles like i did with the bookmarks, i cut circles with a 2" hole punch for the large disc and a 3/4" hole punch for the small. with a layer of collage on both sides, the paper was too thick to cut by hand, so i put everything on the floor and punched the suckers with my foot.

double-discs

then i sealed the discs with a few coats of mod podge, hand punched holes in the tops, attached jump rings, slid them on the necklace strands (i bought these pre-made in packs of three at michaels) and was done.

finished-goods

these aren't exactly heirloom quality, nor as weighty or as durable as jess's (her patterns were mounted on bisque-fired clay and strung on a steel cord), but still, a fun splash of color for the summer. hypoallergenic, too, unlike this flowering monster in the background.

in-the-tree

you could foof these up in a load of different ways - add some weight and texture with beads, use vintage wallpaper or gift wrap instead of mag/catalog pages, or substitute fabric for the paper... let me know if you try it! this is a fun project for kids, too, as long as the adults do the foot punching!

54 comments:

T.L. Holmes said...

Since I'm at school blog-reading (equivalent to committing treason?) I cannot see the pics, but I'm sure when I get home I'll love what I see :) Sarah (megustaensalada) recently introduced the 'dress a day' site that I've fallen in love with. I'm just glutted with inspiration on this mundane...er, Monday :)
PS I love it that my word verification is 'sunpep'!!

Inner Toddler said...

now I'm wishing I hadn't thrown out all of my magazines! these are inspired lady. where do you find the time!? xox

My Soul Can Dance said...

how fun! i think i might make me some funky earrings this way! :)

Buffalo Lucy said...

Lovely!

CRABCAKES said...

love love love!

Bella Sinclair said...

Nifty fun! I really love the double layered style with the large and small circles. Honestly, girl, you should publish your own art & crafting magazine.

Christy said...

Ooh -- so, so cute!

sue said...

sweet!! what a great idea!!

Sarah said...

How lovely! I can never think of enough uses for my big hole punches so you have just given me another one!

pixie said...

LOVE THIS!!!!

S.E.Minegar said...

Still dying at the term "foot punching!" These are lovely! Thanks for the artsy Monday jolt!

Kelly Warren said...

I LOVE these Aimee! What a fun idea to do with the kids!

Jill said...

Fantastic - the simple ideas are the best!

Nina Crittenden said...

These are so fun, Aimee! Nice work!

T.L. Holmes said...

I was right...they ARE fabulous!! haha

Shelly said...

BEAU-TI-FUL, Aimee! I'm planning to do something similar with poker chips like I used on my Artfest pins, but those will probably require a dremel or drill to make the hole for the jump ring... not exactly kid friendly, I guess! SOOOOO cute! -Shelly

MissKoolAid said...

These are so fun! And quick and easy to make. I will definitely try this and link to your post when I'll blog about it.
Sophie

kathy said...

That's a great idea... I made cut outs from soda cans using hole punchers so you can do this to them making them more sturdy...

http://polwig.com/kids/soda-can-jewelry/

Tricia said...

this is a great idea for teacher gifts! Thanks for the inspiration!
Kari D.

Carmen said...

These are awesome Aimee!

painted fish studio said...

your awesomeness never ceases to amaze me. please come to mn. please, please, please!

Gracia said...

I like this idea a lot... and I like what you have come up with. Seeing these photos and reading of the fun you had makes me want to join in.

kumorris said...

Great tutorial, and awesome use for all those pretty images that I cut out of magazines and have nothing to do with. Thanks for sharing. I will link to it on CraftGossip, as I know our readers would love this too.

DymphieM said...

these are wonderful, thanks for the inspiration.

rachel awes said...

i love that you punched these suckers with your feet! art done with determination & style!
oh aimee, i looooooove these.
& the whole collection shines
together. just like your whole collection of posts. just like all of you. oranges. blues. yellows.
greens. shine shine shine. x

Jane said...

Wow! You were certainly productive. I'm actually laughing over here because I can never try a project and do just one. If I try my hand at this, there are bound to be enough necklaces to supply a small third world country for the next Mardi Gras :))A few weeks ago I walked up the street to a neighbor's yard sale and she had made something similar but in the form of earrings. I have to admit that I would like a little more weight to them.

Anairam said...

Oh Aimee, noooooooooo!! I stopped working for a few moments to come and have a look-in at your blog, and now you have this lovely project that I would like to try. Right now. It is so not fair!

cindy said...

such a great idea. your projects would make such a wonderful, kid friendly book!

Chris said...

Just wonderful stuff!

Lori said...

NICE! They are beautiful! I love how you photographed them on the flowering tree.

peggyfussell said...

Another great idea for the list!! I love the colors.

Megan Coyle said...

How fabulous :) I love seeing how other people use magazines. This is very clever and crafty :)

Angie Muresan said...

These are so cool! I can see myself wearing these.

www.angiemuresan.com

Guusje said...

Beatiful!

●• Thereza said...

and you didn't break the punch?! good girl!

carol said...

these are just sooo cool.

you should put some up for sale for us creatively-challenged ones.

p-l-e-a-s-e--

cheers
carol

aimee said...

thanks all!! fun to see new faces here, too... hey, carol, if you check back here, send me your e-mail address please at artsyville (at) gmail.com...

Fruenswerk said...

Superfancy girl :))))))

Estelle said...

Love, love, LOVE these, Aimee! You SO rock.

Joanne said...

These are darling! Linking in my week in review post today!

readysetcraft.blogspot.com

michelle allen said...

ohhhh i just LOVE these!!!! what a great thing to do for my daughters bday party. everything you do turns out as masterpieces! (is that proper english?)

Natasha said...

I've missed YOU!! I've been teaching a new class and playing Mom BUT I finally got back here and loved this post. So I tried it a bit differently I made a ring ...rough but LOVE it and am making more...thanks for being that spark of inspiration..you are simply awesome!

elizabeth said...

These are lovely! So many possibilities, too-- you could hang anything pretty around your neck. I went to a craft fair a few weeks ago, and there was a vendor who'd made these exquisite pendants (enclosed in glass, though) out of antique maps. So you could buy a necklace honoring your hometown, or a favorite vacation spot, or your dream town, or where your ancestors came from, or... so many possibilities. Very cool.

Kathianne said...

These are fabulous. I just found your blog today and I can't wait to keep on readin'

Jill said...

GENIUS!

Cherry Runway said...

Wow this project looks amazing!! Thank you for sharing.

I love your work!!

SMiles to you,
Jenipher

Lexi said...

These are TOO cute! I love the idea of embellishing them with little beads/charms and some 3D paint. These seem like great stocking stuffers for family and friends. Thanks for this awesome tutorial!

I featured this tutorial in my blog: http://ohthatscrafty.blogspot.com/2010/10/cut-n-paste-necklaces.html :)

yourstrulyisabel said...

Great idea! I am crafter myself and I would love to feature you designs at
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Would this be okay with you?

Thanks!
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DeadSoul said...
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DeadSoul said...

awww ! I like this.

how are you do it ?

Rebecca said...

WOW...just found your blog via pinterest...I do crafts at a summer camp and these necklaces are perfect....I am going to use the Big Shot with the circle die rather than a punch...just to make it easier peasier for me. thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

Rebecca said...

WOW...just found your blog via pinterest...I do crafts at a summer camp and these necklaces are perfect....I am going to use the Big Shot with the circle die rather than a punch...just to make it easier peasier for me. thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

Teresa Mahieu said...

This will definitely be a winter Christmas gift making craft for me and my granddaughter. Now to bookmark for future use. THanks...

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