So, I've used Mod Podge before on a few different projects…. but the last week or two, I've fallen completely head over heels for Mod Podge. You seriously can do anything with this stuff. Dan's rigged me up a “daylight” light in our bedroom (this happens to be where my craft corner is for now), and sometimes when he's walking on the treadmill late at night, I'm right beside him crafting (because, yes, the treadmill is in our room too; we're masters at fitting things into small spaces). Anyway, back to my point…. I've been busy creating DIY jewelry that is honestly so easy, it should be a sin. All using just a few simple things, including Mod Podge.
The best part is I'm going to show you how you can create your own pieces to accessorize any outfit. I knew right away that I wanted to create a few jewelry pieces. Plaid Crafts had sent me a few products to work with, including several Mod Podge products. Before starting, I looked around online for a bit of inspiration/education for both the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and the Mod Podge Acrylic Shapes, as I'd never used either one. I found this video and then this video.
Let's get started. First, you'll need a few supplies.
Scrapbook Paper (Mod Podge Podgeable Papers are wonderful)
Mod Podge (I used Gloss and Antique Matte)
Mod Podge Podgeable Shapes
Mod Podge Rub-On Transfers
Craft Knife & Cutting Mat
Jewelry Hardware/Tools (basic set, needed to attach chain to pendant)
In this post, I'll show you how to make a ring and part of the process for a necklace. Basically, the process was the same for both types of jewelry, except for a ring you'd attach the pendant to a ring base; for a necklace, you'd attach the pendant to a chain when done. The first step is to select the paper you want to use for your project. I used several different kinds, including the Mod Podge Podgeable Paper. The Mod Podge Acrylic Shapes include both regular and pendant shapes. There's no end to what you could create with these shapes, from jewelry to magnets, etc. I have future projects in mind that I'll probably be sharing here. Select your desired shapes, and trace around them, on the selected paper, with a pencil. Now it's time to cut out your shape with your craft knife, cutting to fit. Next apply the Mod Podge, with a sponge brush, to both the Acrylic Shape and the paper. I used Gloss for some of my pieces and Antique Matte for others. I love the look of the Antique Matte; it gives a slightly aged look. You can put your paper on the back of your shape or the front. I tried both ways with my rings and my necklaces. Just a quick note if using the Mod Podge Rub-On Transfers….It's best to slice out the word you want, and rub that on to your paper before you Mod Podge onto the Acrylic Shape. Once you've applied your Mod Podge and have your initial paper glued to your shape, you can then Mod Podge any embellishments you'd like to add, such as a small butterfly or flowers…. the sky's the limit. Let everything dry well when done decorating. For a necklace, the process is the same….
The next part of the project is my absolute favorite, and I warn you, this could become addictive. Mod Podge now has Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, and I received a bottle of the Glitter Silver. Dimensional Magic is just that…. it's simply magic and allows you to finish off your projects with a clear raised finish. Of course, the Glitter Silver has specks of glitter in it too, depending on how much you shake it. You can shake it a lot for a more glittery, sparkly look; or you can barely shake it for a calmer, slightly sparkly effect. You just add the Dimensional Magic as a top coat; fill in your surface, making sure it goes to the edges of your project. You'll want to allow about 3 hours for this to dry. When first applied, it will look milky, but it will clear as it dries.
After your jewelry has dried well, then you can add the necessary hardware, such as a chain and clasp for your necklace or a ring base for your rings. To your necklace, you can also add a charm or extra embellishments to really set it apart and make it even more beautiful.I attached my ring base with my hot glue gun.
The great thing is that creating these pieces doesn't cost a lot of money, and it's an easy, enjoyable process. The jewelry can be gifted too. Not only that, but a lot of the pieces you create will make great conversation starters, especially when you attend that next crafting or blogging get together.
I love my Inspire necklace above, but the rings are my absolute favorite. They're so simple to make.
You may also want to check out a couple more posts that will get your creative ideas flowing. You may enjoy these trendy DIY Mod Podge Statement Rings from No. 2 Pencil or these 3 Dimensional Pendant Necklaces from My 3 Monsters.
Do you like to create your own fashion accessories? What is your favorite accessory when dressing up and going out?
(Disclosure: I received several products from Plaid Crafts, for the purposes of a crafting project/review. All views/opinions remain honestly and solely my own. This post has been, or will be, linked up to one or more of these creative linky parties.)