Cinnamon is my go to winter spice; I love sprinkling cinnamon on my hot cocoa or masala chai to enjoy during cold, winter evenings. I feel that it adds not just a little bit of spice, but also a little bit of life and energy to my days. Inspired by the color, form, and texture of cinnamon sticks, I came up with easy-to-make DIY pendants. When combined with rolo or link chains, these DIY necklaces would be perfect stocking stuffers this Christmas.
Each DIY necklace should take you about 20 minutes to make (including drying time), and the only real cost would be that of the chains. As this necklace is super easy and there could be variations galore, I am showing two variations of the necklace in this post – one with metallic paper and wire and the other with fabric paper and yarn. Any kind of paper (something brown, coppery, or chocolately is preferable) and embellishments like yarn, beads, or lace could be used to add color to the pendants. I recommend buying chain necklaces with clasps attached to speed up your process. The necklaces could be worn together too since layered necklaces are on-trend this season.
Materials for Yarn Wrapped Necklace
- 5cm by 20 cm fabric paper
- Embroidery floss in fuschia, teal and yellow
- Gold acrylic paint & brush
- Silver rolo chain with clasp
Materials for Wire Wrapped Necklace
- 5cm by 20 cm copper paper
- 26g gold tone artistic wire
- gold color (matt) seed beads
- Embroidery floss in green
- Gold acrylic paint & brush
- Antique brass rolo chain with clasp
Tools: Nose pliers, wire cutter, scissors, scale, toothpick
- Cut the above mentioned papers into the required size of 5cm by 20cm. The width will become the length of the pendant and the length of the strip will become the thickness. So, the measurement can be varied depending on the size of the pendant that you want to create
- Roll length-wise using a toothpick and glue the end. Color both ends with gold acrylic paint to hide the white edges, and apply a coat of Modpodge to seal them.
- Wrap a length of wire ( I used around 14″) around the copper roll and add small beads as you go. Make it into a messy wrap. Cut excess wire and secure the ends into the wrap. Wrap some green embroidery floss to add color.
- Wrap embroidery floss on the fabric roll – start with pink, add yellow and then teal to it or any color as per your wish
- Coat once again with Modpodge and let them dry for 10 minutes. String your pendants onto your rolo chain, wear, and enjoy! Remove and reattach the jump ring at the end while stringing your pendant. If you do not have chains with pre-attached clasps, then cut 20″ of any chain, and then thread them through the pendant. Add a jump ring to one end and clasp to the other using another jump ring.
I love these necklaces with DIY pendants as they are really light, colorful, quirky, and cost almost nothing to make. Try making and gifting them this Christmas!
Comment below and let us know, which is your go-to winter spice? What colors will you make your DIY necklace?