Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY Marni necklace

marni recycled plastic necklace: a DIY 

This is the necklace that I made for my assigned partner in the winter edition of the handmade gift exchange @ Craftaholics Anonymous.
She received it yesterday, so I can show it now!
She wrote me that she likes it very much and her daughter named it "the mermaid necklace"!

I exchanged few emails with my partner Julie, 
and she told me that two of her favorite colors are 
blue and green 

I'm the kind of person that can make/give a present only of something I like, therefore I found with these key colors an easy path since blue and green are two of my favorite, too.

I started to think, and did some browsing in my "to-do folder", where I found this Marni necklace that I've been wanting to make for quite some time.
At 420$ the Marni one might be "green" but my bank account will be "red"!!

I had the fleece and the ribbon, but if you need these, 
your necklace will end up about ... let's say 5$? 
...about 1/90 of the Marni one!!

left picture from net-a-porter, collage by moi
Since the original necklace is made out of plastic bottles, I thought... seriously?
I have a green, blue and clear bottle, and I can make my own version with the colors I want!

Enough words: let's get to work!

how-to: DIY tutorial

First, I printed out the picture of the necklace
from the net-a-porter site, enlarging the picture to a 145%.

Cut out the printout and you'll get the pattern for your bib.
Mark the pattern on the fleece or felt, and cut it.
Attach 1 yard of ribbon on each side of the bib.
And you've done for the base part.

To make the sequins, follow this step-by-step photo tutorial:
(15 plastic circles x 3 colors = 45 total)

First, wash, dry and cut the bottom and the top of the bottles.
Then cut it open to obtain a rectangular sheet of plastic.

Once you have all your sequins 
it's like sewing overlapping buttons.

Note: ... to make this necklace
took me about 4 hours. some planning in my head ;)

xox, d.

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  1. How smart..very well dear..keep rocking :)

  2. how gorgeous!!!!! I had never seen the necklace, but I like your version better! :D

  3. Wow, this is brilliant! I will definitely try, too bad I don't have time to do it before thursday, when I have a recycling party...

    xoxo, Femke On the Button

  4. Btw, I posted a link to this post on twitter too (@femkejohanna)

  5. Wow! SUper cute!! I have my own little DIY and giveaway going on, I wish you would stop by :)

  6. super cool...I just started making palstic jewelry and so I love this :)

  7. That is AMAZING and a brilliant use of soda bottles.

  8. such a great diy, it has to be one of the most accurate interpretations of the inspiration. congratulations!

  9. You are so good at figuring out the knockoffs. Once again, you have done an amazing job.

  10. Hey this is pretty cool! Great job taking something you saw & figuring out a way to produce it!

  11. You are amazing in figuring out how to make this knockoff!

  12. love those buttons from soda bottles, truly inspiring! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  13. BEAUTIFUL!!You really do make the coolest things! Lucky exchange partner!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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