For months and months and months and months, Cora has asked for three things: her name on a cup, her name on a shirt, and her name on a necklace.
Not just a C
, shed beg me. Not I love you. I just want my name: Cora.
My name is so unusual. Its not common, and its nowhere to be found. Why did you give me this naaaaaame?
We love Coras name. We chose itand all of our childrens names so carefully, with so much thought, with so much discussion, with so much research and time.
Names are the very first gifts you get from your parents, Cora. Your name is so special and so beautifuljust like you.
One day shell realize how perfect it is, but until then, Im hoping she finds her name more lovely when she sees it on a homemade name necklace. Made especially for Cora, by her mama who loves her like whut.
Of course I added Maddy and Owen to the homemade name necklace mix, and I was amazed at how easyand fabulousthey all turned out. If I
can do it, anyone can.
Heres the skinny . . .
Homemade Name Necklaces for Girls and Boys:
Its no secret how much we focus on names over here, so it seems natural that we would have put names on necklaces at this pointbut we havent.
When I started searching the world for name necklaces I realized that unless I was going to pay a small fortune for what I wanted, I had to stick with a C or go really cheap-o.
Another great reason to have extra greeting cards around. . .
So I decided to build my own perfect necklace for my tinies, and I started by hitting the craft store.
Be forewarned, I made mine as simply as I could, using what few jewelry-making items I had on hand, which wasnt very much. I did have to pick up a few things, though. And Im certainly no jewelry-makin pro.
Two 24 1.5mm open link silver chain necklaces
A combo pack of silver jump rings
Two packs of round, flat silver circle discs
A mixed pack of flat-sided jewels
A pack of silver, jeweled embellishments (on discount)
A black leather rope necklace
A flat, rust-colored rectangle tag
A pack of rust-colored jump rings
An inexpensive pair of jewelry pliers
I used these items that I already had on hand:
Super heavy-duty glue
Rub off transfer letters
Two holiday cards
Mod Podge, dimensional magic with sparkle
Mod Podge, original finish
I started with the main name charm for Maddy and Coras necklaces.
I used the letters I liked from the Mod Podge rub on words and phrases
I picked out a part of each greeting card that I likedone for each girl: very light blue swirl for Cora and a pretty teal color for Maddy.
I traced the biggest disc, about 1 diameter, on each paper, and I searched for the letters I wanted for each name charm. I knew I wanted to put Coras whole name on hers (of course!) but I wanted an M for Maddys.
She has a Madeline necklace, so I thought shed be happy with her lettersimple and totally tweenish.
Then I rubbed the letters onto the disc, paying close attention to where I planned for the hole to be and where I planned to place the jewels on each.
For some reason this part made me nervousprobably because I didnt have sheets and sheets of alphabet letters; I had only a few sheets of words and phrases. So I was literally cutting, rubbing, and hoping it would work.
To begin with Owens name tag (not a charm for boys, silly!), very simply I rubbed his initials on one side of the tag, then I added the word proud on the other side.
I used my thumb to press the letters onto the tagthey didnt seem to be taking to the metal like they did to the paper for the girls charms.
I felt that proud was the perfect word for him: my husband and I are so very proud of all that he does in school and at home, and he should be proud of his hard work, kindness toward others, and compassion toward his family.
I glued the card to the metal disc using super heavy-duty gluethen made sure the hole would land where I wanted it to.
When the names were how I wanted them, I cut out the circles and glued them to the metal discs.
I used the super-heavy duty glue, and with the help of the pliers I managed to not permanently connect my fingers to the charm.
I pressed the paper to the disc firmly and let them dry for about two hours.
I knew I wanted to use the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic because I wanted the name charm to have a 3-D feel, and I wanted to have the jewels sit inside the dome.
I squeezed a small amount of the Mod Podge and watched it grow, adding a bit more and pushing it to the outer edges.
My first time ever working with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Cool stuff.
Then I quickly embedded the jewels on each. I wanted one big hot pink one for Cora and four ones for Maddy: dark purple, blue, light purple, and clear.
I made sure the gems were exactly how I wanted them, and then I set them out to dry. This Mod Podge takes three or more hours to properly dry.
In the mean time, I worked on the smaller discs for each necklace.
I knew I wanted one that was just gems and the other that included one of the embellishments from the pack I purchased. (But really, you could use anythingand the possibilities are excitingly endless!)
Smaller discs would be jeweled and Owens tag just needed one coat of regular Mod Podge to seal.
I squeezed a little bubble of Mod Podge on each disc and on one I placed gems and the other a flower with a gem in the center.
I set them out to dry.
It was hard for me to find a place where the discs could dry without getting permanently stuck to something. What I finally found but wish I would have used the whole time were teeny, tiny cookie cutters. The discs could sit above the level working space without being flushso they could dry on both sides.
The pliers? Totally came in handy when working with this tiny stuffand the best ever drying racks? Teeny cookie cutters.
When each piece was totally and completely dried, I used a pushpin to poke through the hole at the top.
I knew I had to seal the back, but I wanted to make sure that the hole was open so the circle connector could get through.
The Sparkle Mod Podge worked as a sealer for the backs of all of the silver discs.
Finally I was ready to put the pieces together!
By now Im feeling like a jewelry-making rockstar. (Even though Im not.)
I removed about six inches from each of the 24 necklace chains. They were too long at 24 for my little girls, but I didnt want them to fit tightly.
I used the trusty pushpin again to make sure the hole was open, and I placed the largest of the circle connectors on the name charm and the gem charm. I wanted both of these charms to move freely on the necklace.
CoraIm hoping!will totally heart her homemade name necklace because it is blinged out like she
always wants to be.
I used the smallest circle connector on the flower charm because I planned to connect it to one link of the necklace.
I wanted it to lie lower- to mid-way between the bottom of the necklace and the top, kind of off-centered so the other two charms would fall to the bottom.
I have a necklace similar in style to this, and I thought the girls would like to have one that mirrored mine.
Hoping that my Owen likes his manly, manly name tag. . . but if he doesnt also cool with me.
For Owens, all I needed to do was use one of the antiqued jump rings and he was done. I wanted his simple and manly-manly.
I. Love. Them. Each one. I love them all.
Maddys necklace is in blues and greensher favorites.
I mean, I really, really love how they turned out. These are going to be special for Maddy, Owen, and Cora on Christmas, from their dad and me, and I cant wait for them to see them.
I secretly cannot wait to make my next one. As an educator and mom, I firmly believe that our kiddos should know, love, and celebrate their namesany and every day of the week.
So name necklaces? Bring. Them. On!
These homemade name necklaces were way more fun than I ever anticipated, and the great thing is that as long as you have a secret spot where they can hang out to dryanyone can make them.
If you have any questions or need some more information, hit meand Ill do my best to answer! Happy name-necklace making!
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