By Cheryl Sheeler
What better way to keep your memories close at heart than by tucking a bit of nostalgia inside a small glass vial and turning it into a charm necklace?! Read on to find out how you can make your very own custom piece.
- Small glass vial
- A bit of nostalgia to put inside your glass vial (let your imagination soar!)
- Your choice of length and finish of chain complete with clasp
- Charms and trinkets if desired to embellish
- Various jump rings to attach charms and trinkets to chain
- Crazy glue
- Small plier set including needle nose, flat nose, round nose and side cutting pliers
~ Be inspired ~
I have always been inspired by nature and dandelions are no exception! The airy seedlings are soft and dramatic and just plain beautiful. This tutorial will cover the steps taken to create a keepsake necklace using dandelion seedlings but feel free to use whatever you’d like! The only limit to what you choose to use is your imagination and the size of your glass vial of course 😉
~ Fill ‘er up ~
Fill the glass vial with however many seedlings you’d like and securely glue the cork back on with a bit of super glue around the sides of the cork. Be sure the glue you use is compatible with glass. My vial conveniently came with a small screw hook to make it easy to attach to necklace. If you don’t have a screw hook you can tie a bit of strong string or cotton cord around the neck of the vial and loop a jump ring through that.
~ Get Creative ~
This is the fun part and can really set your necklace apart from store bought jewelry! Hang the glass vial on your chain choice and embellish with charms and beads if desired. A handmade touch to anything never goes unnoticed!
~ Admire and enjoy ~
Proudly wear your one of a kind keepsake necklace that not only looks beautiful, but most importantly helps you keep your special memory close at heart. My necklace reminds me of the many lazy summer walks I enjoyed with my little ones this past summer.
Here are a few other ideas I have used in some other necklace designs to get your creativity flowing:
Write a message on a small piece of paper, roll it up and tuck it inside the vial. This makes a fantastic personalized gift for someone special!
Your sand from a vacation finds a home among a few beachy trinkets!
Fill with some glitter for a bit of glam and sparkle. Tone down by pairing it with a few vintage style charms.
I hope I’ve inspired you to create something that makes your necklace as unique and original as you are!
~ Cheryl Sheeler