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How To: DIY Charm Necklaces [Sep. 19th, 2006|12:19 pm]

- A perfect gift for any occasion: 'Charm Necklaces' -

Last year a dear friend of mine got married. I picked up a few things from her registry to bring to the bridal shower but I found myself wanting to mark the occasion with something a bit more personal. After all, this is the same girl who shared her Bonne Bell lipgloss with me in Jr. High and held my hand when I broke up with my High School boyfriend. I wanted to give her something that would be slightly more memorable than say, towels or cookware. I thought back to when I was planning my own wedding: all the hopes and dreams I had for my future, the excitement of starting my own little family, etc. and I found myself creating a charm style necklace for her to mark the occasion.

After a little Googling for stone meanings and birthstones, I went to a local bead store and picked up: 16" sterling silver chain, a sweet little charm with the word 'Dream' engraved on it, some rose quartz (for love) and pearls (their birthstone) I strung the 3 charms onto the chain and wrapped it up with a little note that read:
As you plan your wedding and run 'round to and fro,
Place these charms around your neck and with you they will go

After all the thank you cards are sent and the years have come 'n gone,
Someday a couple years from now you'll slide this necklace on

Close your eyes and remember when you 2 were there,
Love, dreams, family: reminders of what you share

I often make charm necklaces as gifts for friends and family or for customers who need 'something special' that can't be bought in stores.

So grab a 16" or 18" necklace and get ready...
Here are a few tips on creating a charm necklace for any occasion:

Find charms and gemstones that fit their occasion or personality:

- A dog charm to signify a furry friend (you can find these in any breed!)  
- A piano charm for a late father who played
- A small rose charm someone's mother who loved gardening
- A 'believe' or 'hope' charm for someone going through tough times
- A four leaf clover or wishbone for luck
- Do they have a cute nickname: try a button, cupcake or pumpkin charm

By: Lindsey Jackson - Yankee Girl Designs - www.lindseyandray.com/ygd


[User Picture]From: bertha79
2006-09-19 06:32 pm (UTC)
Wow! Featured on the Craftzine blog and everything!!! You have made it sister!
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[User Picture]From: _yankee_girl_
2006-09-19 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ahem, did you happen to notice that it's your hand and mommy necklace? :)
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[User Picture]From: bertha79
2006-09-19 06:39 pm (UTC)
Ha!! I knew it was my necklace but I totally forgot it was my hand! Yay!
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[User Picture]From: _yankee_girl_
2006-09-19 06:51 pm (UTC)
Your hand is totally famous now :)
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