Make Your Own Holiday Gifts...With Help From Crafty Chica

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What's better than a handmade gift? OK...if you don't know what you're doing, a hand-crafted gift can be bad, but we have Crafty Chica who is going to help us out! Crafty Chica is a mommy, wifey, author, and amazing craftess, also known as Kathy Cano-Murillo. She makes the coolest stuff!

This adorable necklace can be made for any girl in your life -- young and old. And it's modeled after a necklace that America Ferrera wore on Ugly Betty. You can make yours in colors suited to the lady you are making it for...and I may even make one for myself! Here's how....


This Ugly Betty-inspired necklace is straight from Crafty Chica's 50 Gifts to Make that Look Like You Bought Them.

You will need:

  • Cardstock, pencil, scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Polymer clay
  • Industrial strength craft glue
  • Acrylic craft paint in gold and black
  • Eye pins
  • Assorted beads
  • Soft Flex wire
  • Crimp beads
  • 2 jump rings
  • Necklace clasp
  • Needle nose pliers

Directions: Cut a strand of wire long enough so you can double it to be at your desired length. At one end, holding two strands of the wire, feed on a crimp bead. Loop the wire ends through the crimp bead to make a loop at the end so you can attach a jump ring later. Use the needle nose pliers to flatten the crimp bead. Begin to add the beads on the double strand of wire. When finished, close off the other end by repeating the crimping process. Add a jump ring at each end, and the clasp.

To make the initial, cut a piece of cardstock measuring 1-1/2-inch square. Draw out the letter in the square and cut out. Take gumball-sized piece of the clay and flatten it (about the thickness of a pancake). Place the cardstock template on it and use the craft knife to cut out the shape of the letter. Use your fingers to smooth the edges. Snip the eye pins to about 1/4 of an inch and insert them at the bottom of the letter. Add an eye pin at the top of the letter. If you have a letter that is at the top (like "A"), glue one on each side, or glue a jump ring to the back of the necklace later. Bake in oven according to package directions. Let cool. One at a time, remove the eye pins, add a drop of glue and insert back into each hole. Repeat for all the eye pins. Let dry. Paint the letter gold, let dry and lightly rub on black paint around the edges. Use your finger to rub in more gold, so it has an antique finish. Use more eye pins to add dangling beads to the eye pins glued at the bottom of the letter. Add a jump ring to attach the letter to the strand of beads.

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