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It’s that time of year again, where you likely are pondering what you want to be for Halloween. The standard accessories that come with the costumes you can buy at Walmart, Party City or wherever are usually quite lame. I think that it’s possible to do better and this week’s blog post will show you how to make custom Halloween costume jewelry.
I put together three different jewelry pieces so you can learn to make your own Halloween costume jewelry! Let’s get started!
A Royal Set
Princesses and royalty are quite popular, and while I made this tiara for an adult, nothing is stopping you from adopting a similar concept to put together something for the little princess in your life. I got the idea while browsing Youtube one night and you can check out the video from Irene Rudnyk.
What You Will Need:
- A Chunky Jeweled Necklace (I bought mine from Amazon – I bought mine in black, but there’s a diamond option if you prefer!)
- Jewelry Pliers (Chain nose – check out my earlier post on the types of pliers for more info!)
- Jewelry wire (I chose a clear stretchy one that came with my kit)
- Headband (I picked a plain plastic one from Walmart)
- Hot glue gun and glue
To get started, you will need to remove the chain from the back of the necklace; you won’t need the clasp or that chain going forward.
The next step is to identify which way is front on your headband (mine has an R and L marking on each side, so I made sure to keep that straight). Some headbands won’t have any specification, in which case, pick which side is front and carry on.
Take a look at how your necklace piece connects with the headband. In my case, three “diamond” pieces were the lowest portion. I marked with a sharpie pen where on the headband I wanted each of those diamond pieces to sit. Then I used my hot glue gun to glue them to the headband. Don’t be afraid to add more glue if you need!
Once your glue is dry, take your jewelry wire and wrap it around the headband and your necklace to create an extra bit of connection. I think if I were to redo this, I’d pick a silver wire and secure the ends with a crimp tube, but my stretch wire worked just as well. For extra measure, I did put a dab of hot glue on the knots on each side.
Once everything is dry, you can pop that tiara on your head and you’re ready for the ball! I cheated and bought another necklace with this one, so I had a ready-made matching necklace for my tiara and some earrings.
A Batty Delight
A witch is probably one of the most common costumes there is, and I used to dress up as one frequently. I wanted a quick and easy necklace for this craft with the right materials; this beauty can be put together in less than twenty minutes. As a bonus, I made some batty earrings too.
What you will need:
- A black or dark metal jewelry chain (I got mine in a kit from Amazon).
- Some black beads (Mine came from a beading package I bought on Amazon in an assortment, but you can find single black beading packages)
- Some bat findings (Also from Amazon)
- Earring hooks for the earrings
- Eye pins
- Jewelry pliers (I used both chain nose and round nose)
I started by measuring out my chain, the one I got already had a closure on the back and was the right length, so that was quick and easy. If required, you can cut the chain to the size you want and attach a closure to each end.
I then made two beaded chains with my black beads. Each bead is attached to an eye pin and looped closed. Connect each beaded eye pin until you have five connections on each chain (or longer if you prefer). I then attached the beads to each wing of the bat finding I chose.
Then I made another chain like above, but shorter, attaching the smaller bat finding to the larger.
Finally, connect the two beaded chains onto your main chain and voila, one batty necklace!
To create the earrings, I created two beaded eye pins, connected them to the earring hook and then to the bat finding.
Beauty From the Nile
I loved the idea of dressing up as Cleopatra, for this headpiece though I wanted something relatively simple.
What you will need:
- Silver jewelry chains (From Michaels, I found a silver chain with turquoise beads worked in)
- Turquoise beads (I matched up some bead offerings from Michaels’ Bead Gallery collection with my chain)
- Silver findings (jump rings and eye pins)
While I wasn’t entirely sure where to begin, I started with measuring out the length of my turquoise silver chain. As the chain was a bit too long to sit nicely on my head, so I shortened it and closed it off into a solid circle.
I then created a “drapey” look by taking a plain silver jewelry chain and making it a circle that was slightly larger than the turquoise one. I attached it to the main chain with two split rings, one at the front and one at the back.
Next, to add a bit more flair, I used these turquoise teardrop beads and attached them with a split ring to an eye pin with a simple turquoise bead attached. I then secured these to the “crown.”
All in all, it took me about twenty minutes once I decided what direction I was going to take.
Halloween Costume Jewelry Is easy to make!
The pre-made accessories that come with your costume when you buy them are terrible and sometimes downright flimsy. With a bit of pre-planning, you can upgrade your look and customize your Halloween costume jewelry. I covered three costumes in this post, but you can find heaps of inspiration on Pinterest and Youtube. Heck, you can get completely creative and likely find ways to sew your costume as well as craft the accessories!
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That’s all for this week, next week I will be showing you how to make beautiful wire wrapped earrings so be sure to check that out. Until then, stay crafty my friends!