Sometimes I buy craft supplies. Well, a lot of the time I buy craft supplies, and a lot of the time they just sit there waiting to be used. Once I got the idea for a blanket and bought all of the yarn and then didn’t make it. I had another project that I needed to finish and by the time I had actually finished said project, I had a million other ideas and a Jo-Ann coupon that needed using. As it stands right now, there is a corner of my room that is like the Labyrinth of craft supplies. HELP! Anyone else have this problem?
Sometimes though, I buy supplies that I end up not using for one reason or another. In this case, I bought these cute plastic animals with the intention of using them for my Animal Butt Magnets, but alas, they were too tiny. So what is one to do with all of their extra tiny animals? Make necklaces of course!
This project is so easy, you can do it in a quick afternoon. They make the best gifts because you can customize each one to the person, AND they are great conversation pieces. “Hey! Thats a fun moose necklace! Well thank you! I made it! By the way have you read my blog?” Welcome to my life folks!
Here’s what you need!
Easy DIY Animal Necklace
Small Plastic Animal figurines – I got mine at Target, but you can also get them from Amazon here (affiliate).
18 guage gold wire (any guage will do really, but I like a medium thickness)
Wire Cutters and Needle Nose Plyers
Start by painting your plastic animals. You might have to do a few coats.
Let your animals dry… while you’re waiting, make some cupcakes, have a drink, go outside, read a book, pinterest for a really long time…. Or rewatch season 2 of Kimmy Schmidt.
Once your animals are completely dry (I let mine sit for about 6 hours just to be safe) you can start wrapping them with your wire.
Cut about an 8 inch piece of wire
Wrap your animal.
- Fold in half to make a loop.
- Here’s where it gets a big complicated. Holding your loop so its about 1/4 – 1/2 inch above your animal.
- Wrap both strands of wire around your animal 2-3 times. 3 times will allow you to go once on each side of the loop.
- Wrap your strands of wire around the loop a few times.
- Use your wire cutters to cut off excess wire.
- Use your needle nose plyers to secure the ends into the loops. I just figure out where the ends are and then squeeze them into the loop so they’re flush with the rest.
Finish your animal necklace by threading a chain necklace through the loop!