by Kelly Lanza
Break out the tinsel and the sparkly jewelry, it’s holiday party season! If your budget can’t quite take a pricey hit for a bit of sparkle, you’re in luck! This set of DIY holiday baubles is made using styrofoam holiday fillers and tinsel. Festive, fun and oh so budget friendly!
Materials for All of the Projects
Sparkly styrofoam fillers (You can buy these balls in packages at your local craft store, they come in all sorts of colors!)
Jewelry fixtures and fastenings (Earring posts, plain rings, hair clips and pins. All can be purchased a craft or jewelry supply store)
E6000 Glue or other strong glue
Materials for the necklace specifically:
Fastener + Jump Ring
Crimper (or small pliers should work just fine!)
Ring: Glue a larger filler to a plain ring base. Let dry. (Yes, it’s that simple!)
Pin + Hair Clip: Cut a small piece of tinsel garland and glue it to your pin or hair clip. Glue a filler (or a few!?) on top. Let dry.
Once you have the length you want, slip a crimp bead on the loose end of your wire. Pull your wire through a jump ring, then back through your crimp bead. Push your crimp bead right up against your jump ring and “crimp” it using your crimping tool, or pliers in a pinch! Cut excess wire, leaving about a half inch. Cover with your fillers.
Then cut your wire at the other end, leaving a good six inches to work with. Slide a crimp bead on, followed by your fastener. Then pull the wire back through your crimp bead and the last filler on your string. Pull tight, but leave a little bit of a give so your necklace isn’t stiff. Crimp your bead and cut off excess wire just underneath your last filler.