Turn trash into a unique Summer statement necklace
This picnic themed necklace for Day 13 "Picnic" theme for 30 Days of Creativity www.30daysofcreativity.com. When I think of picnics I think of gingham table cloths, plastic utensils, 2 liter bottles of sodas and ants. Fortunately, I had all of the item in my stash and it is
is made entirely of recycled/upcycled material except for the crochet thread holding it together and glue from a hot glue gun.
Sorry - don't have step by step pictures on this one
First make holes in the ends of each item (will be threading the crochet thread through the holes.
I used a craft drill and the smallest drill bit (bought at Michael's using 40% off coupon - cost around $16) but prior to investing in this I have used small metal screwdrivers with plastic handles with the end heated over a flame to melt plastic for larger holes or push pins for smaller ones.
I layed the objects out how I wanted them arranged then starting on the right hand side of the project threaded the crochet thread (to make it easier to thread I put a small piece of tape over the end to make it stiff) and thread through one of the bottle caps, then the top of the spork with the thread running underneath, then the ant, the knife and then the other bottlecap.
To make the fabric "beads" I tied a scrap of gingham that was about 3 inches long and 2 inches wide loosely between the objects then used the hot glue gun to glue the ends down in back.
To make the end pieces, I used scraps of gingham that were approximately 6 inches long and 3 inches wide, put the crochet thread ends on the middle at the bottom edge and glued it down, then folded each edge over the thread and glued down as I went.
To be sure the objects stayed where I wanted after I positioned them where I wanted dabbed hot glue inside the edges of the bottle caps on each side, the back of the utensils and underneath the ant.