As I child, I had a ChildCrafts book that talked about celebrations and holidays of different cultures. On one of the pages, there was a beautiful picture of a family meal on Christmas Eve. It had a gorgeous-looking chocolate yule log in the center being sliced into pinwheels as candles sparkled and poinsettias adorned the table. That image has stayed with me since and this Christmas, I wanted to create a beautiful DIY necklace inspired by that image.
A yule log dessert is made like a log and sliced into pinwheels, so I have translated the pinwheels into a pendant using simple paper quilling. Poinsettia flowers are the bright red flowers (leaves) known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena’ or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’ and are used widely in Christmas decorations. To give this necklace a unique Christmas flavor, I have used red acrylic flowers, gold beads, and a clear rhinestone chain.
- 3mm quilling strip in dull gold (5)
- 3mm quilling strip in metallic strawberry (5)
- 3mm quilling strip in copper (2)
- 3mm quilling strip in yellow gold (2)
- 24g copper wire
- 5mm gold color (matt) beads (8)
- Red acrylic poinsettia flower findings (2)
- Modpodge + clear glue
- Antique copper chain – 16″
- Clear rhinestone chain
- Lobster clasp
Tools: Nose pliers, wire cutter
1. Make the Quilled coil (use clear glue to join edges).
a) Join 2 strips of dull gold at one edge using clear glue, wrap it around a refill pen, and glue the ends.
b) Glue and wrap 3 strips of strawberry-colored strip around the gold.
c) Cover these with 2 strips of dull gold
d) Add a strip of strawberry followed by 1 strip of yellow gold, one strip of strawberry again, and one more strip of yellow gold.
e) Finish with 2 strips of copper as the outer edge of the coil
2. Make the pendant.
a) Using copper wire, wrap 3-4 times around the paper coil, and loop on top. Wrap the loop to create a bail.
b) Liberally apply Modpodge on the back and side of the pendant. Use this to glue the rhinestone chain. Let it dry for 15 minutes. Now apply Mod podge on the front of the pendant and let dry for another 15 minutes. Your pendant is now ready to use!
3. Loop the Poinsettia flowers to create connectors.
a) Cut two pieces (five inches each) of copper wire.
b) Fold one piece in half and insert through the center hole of the flower finding and spread out the ends at the back. Bring it to the front again and pass through the center loop.
c) Make a wrapped loop with the tails on both ends; cut excess wire. Repeat steps a-c for the second connector.
a) Add a gold bead to a length of wire, make wrapped loops on both ends while connecting one end to one flower connector and the other to the right side of the pendant.
b) Loop 3 gold beads on a piece of wire and attach one loop to the other loop of the same flower connector and the other loop to a chain link (I have used 8 inches of chain on this side).
d) Add the remaining chain to the other end of the flower connector and finish with a clasp.
Your Pinwheel Poinsettia necklace is now complete! I have used metallic quilling paper and Modpodge gloss to bring out the shine in my necklace, plus copper wire to add some warmth. You could choose to make it completely matte and use silver tone wire and chain instead of copper for a more cool look. Though this is a Christmas-themed necklace, it could be worn casually throughout spring and summer to add a bright splash of color to your wardrobe.
Comment below and let us know, what would you pair your necklace with?