The other day I was browsing through Etsy (what else is new?) and came across the most adorable baby boho necklace. As I was about to click "purchase" I realized that I could easily make it myself! And why buy something when you can make it yourself for double the price? haha Well that's typically the case with DIY projects, but in this case, I was able to make 3 of them for less than the price I saw this one for and I still have enough materials to make probably 6-10 more...not that Ava needs that many boho necklaces, but you get the point. And sometimes, it's just fun to try out something fun and new!
So I gave it a try!
With no directions whatsoever, I experimented with different sizes and materials and came up with three different variations of the necklace. It only took around 10-15 minutes per necklace and I had a blast doing it!
I am not going to show any photos of Ava wearing it quite yet, because I have a boho crochet vest coming in the mail soon and that just has to make it's debut with one of her new necklaces. But I will show all variations so you can choose which you like the best! -- Happy crafting:)
1. Choose the fabric you'd like to use for the necklace. You only need one fabric per necklace, but I guess you could mix and match within the same necklace (I literally just thought of that as I was typing so I will have to give that a try!).
2. Next we are making the part that goes around the neck and for the first necklace, I chose to braid the fabric to create the actual necklace. I forgot to take into account how much the fabric would shrink as I braided so I had to tie some string on the end of this one to make it long enough. So if you are choosing to braid, make sure it is about three times the length you want the actual necklace to be!
Some variations on this are half string and half braid, full braid, and braided string that isn't the same as the fabric. You will see all variations in this post to see which is your fave!
So anyways, cut your material into three sections and tie them all together on one end so you can braid. Then braid it as tight as possible all the way to the end and tie it off.
3. Cut 10-15 strips of your printed fabric. I experimented with different lengths and this definitely will vary depending on the child. But whatever length you choose, cut the strips into double that length, as they will all be folded in half.
4. Attach the strips to your necklace braid by looping in half and then pulling both loose ends around the braid and through the loop. Pull tight so it won't fall off and continue with all strips.
The Final Product
And here it is, the final product! You can see the braided necklace variations I tried, different lengths for the frill and different amounts of frill on each, some more full and some with less. And then on the peach one, I also added so very thing gold strands which I absolutely LOVE! You can scroll down to get a closer look at each :)
Which one is your favorite? Comment below!