Sunday, February 12, 2012

{Ombre Paper Heart Necklace}

Well, the time has come for me to share my last Valentine's Day project with you.  I'm kind of sad.  I've had so much fun creating my different Valentine's Day projects.  But anyway, I have a Valentine necklace to share with you today.  I made it out of paper and a few other jewelry making supplies.

First, I used a heart paper punch to cut a lot of hearts out of three different shades of red scrapbook paper to create an ombre look.

I was planning on using this many hearts.  I didn't use all of them, though, because, sadly, there were some casualties later on in the process.  After I had all my hearts punched out, I coated the back of them with a few layers of regular Mod Podge.  When that dried, I coated the front of the hearts with Mod Podge's Dimensional Magic.

After the hearts dried over night, I used a small nail and hammer to punch two holes in each heart.  This is where the casualties occurred.  

First, if you try to force a heart flat that isn't' completely flat already, the Dimensional Magic may crack.  Second, if you try to put a hole too near the edge, the paper may tear or the Dimensional Magic may crack and chip.  So learn from my mistakes and don't do either of those two things!  Once all the holes were punched, I connected the hearts with jump rings.

It is possible to mess up a heart when threading a jump ring through a hole, so be careful on that step too.  After all the hearts were strung together, I attached a length of chain to each group of hearts.

I attached the two groups of three chains to two large metal hoops I had.  I then attached a long length of chain to each metal hoop.  (I didn't have to attach a clasp to the necklace because I made the necklace large enough to go over my head.)  Then my lovely ombre paper heart necklace was complete.

No, the necklace is not heirloom quality, but I don't plan on wearing it every day or handing it down to my great, great grandchildren.  (Although, I'll have to have children first before that could ever be a possibility anyway.)  The Mod Podge makes the paper sturdy enough to wear the necklace often, though.

I hate having a red necklace that hardly matches any of my red clothing because the shades differ.  I love how the different shades of red will make this necklace easier to match with a red sweater or shirt. 

I believe putting a few beads or charms that are a bit heavier with the hearts would help the necklace hang straight all the time.  I'll have to keep that in mind for when I make another one.  I'm thinking about making one out of book pages.  (I know.  Imagine wanting a necklace made from book pages.)

But even without beads or charms, I think this necklace will be the perfect Valentine's Day accessory.  It will go great with my Valentine ring.

I had my husband snap a picture of me wearing the necklace.  It's not the greatest picture of me, but you see how the necklace looks with an outfit, and that is what I was aiming for.  I enjoyed creating the necklace, and I think you would enjoy creating one too.  And while I'm talking about enjoying things, I hope y'all enjoy your Valentine's Day!  And before I sign off, I would really appreciate it if y'all would take a moment to click on this button

and vote for project #134--my Thrift Curio Shelf Makeover.  I would love to be chosen as one of the twenty bloggers who get to compete in the challenge, but I need your help to be chosen!  Thanks!

UPDATE:  I got enough votes to be chosen as one of the twenty bloggers to compete in the challenge!  Now to come up with an awesome project for the next round!


  1. I really like this simple necklace for Valentine's Day. Adds a pop of color and fun to celebrate the day. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I'll head over and vote for your project now -Good Luck on winning :-)

  2. I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:

  3. How beautiful!! I would love it if you would share at our sharing party at Thank you!

  4. Seriously awesome! LOVE this necklace and would have never guessed the hearts where made from paper!

  5. Super cute! And so creative! You're really good at jewelry making, you're making me want to try it! :)

  6. Hi Bethany!

    Stopping by for the first time and am so glad to meet you! I think the necklace is adorable and you look just as sweet wearing it. I love the idea of making one using book pages. Your tutorial is were detailed and clear.

    Kindly, Lorraine

  7. You know me I love the necklace but the model more! Happy Valentine Day to My Angel; gulledjr

  8. LOVE the necklace! Thanks for linking up! By the way...I wore my hot little Shabby Apple dress on my Valentine date with my husband tonight. Thought of you! I voted for your shelf makeover too! Happy Valentine's Day!

  9. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! We hope you will share with us again this week.

  10. The necklace is so very pretty. You really wear it well! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

  11. Um, that is so cool! I didn't even know Mod Podge made something like that.

  12. Great job on that necklace!!! Would love for you to link up to the Tuesday To Do Party if you haven't already!

  13. SO cute Bethany! I love it - and it's size, because it's a true statement necklace!

  14. I adore this, you are a creative lady! Popping in from the Love theme par-tay @ CSI

    Hugs, Tanya :)


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