Statement Necklace by Deborah

She's Creative, inspiring and her energy is extremely contagious even through cyber world! Meet Deborah Cortes from In Whirl of Inspiration! 

"It's true that I have fling with statement necklaces, made of all kind of materials. The other day I fell on that diy carton vase and the idea for that necklace landed like a meteor in my mind. I had to make such an necklace. And so I did. The first impressions by my friends were very surprising as they were a mixture of: "oh it must be really heavy" and "is it made by metal?". Well no friends, it's only light, cheap carton. Yeah!


Recycled Cardboard DIY Necklace

You will need: a cereal box, ruler, diabetes, scissors, scalpel toothpicks, instant dry  glue, thick cardboard, atlacoll glue (or mod podge), glitter, tempera colors, small clothespins, brush, plastic disposable box, thin wire , clasps for necklaces

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For a necklace exactly like mine, you will need cycles with 4cm and 3,5 cm diameter. Pull line segments of 4 (and 3,5) cm. In the middle of the line is (O) spot and in the ends the (A) and (D) ones. Make a cycles with an (O) center that intersects (A) and (D) too. Then with the (D) as a center pull semicircles, that pass over the (O) and intersect with your first cycles in the (B) and (C) spots. Join the (A), (B) and (C) and make your equilateral triangles.

Use a ruler to fold the outer parts of the triangles’ sides.

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Glue the “ears” of the cycles (the outer parts of the triangles’ sides) with instant dry glue and secure with clothespins until dry.

Think of any shape for necklace and in case you want to duplicate mine, here are exact cycles’ diameters for you.

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You may notice that the glued cycles have a tendency to fold inward, so create a base for your necklace by patronizing the base triangles only, the outboard ears should not be included, using thick cardboard. Determine which side is the top of the necklace and with a scalpel’s help open 2 small holes to pass the wire (or whatever strap you wish) and secure them with 2 toothpicks to ensure that will stay open.

Blend atlacoll (or mod podge) and water with a ratio of 5:1 (you want a sticky mixture here) and add any tempera color you want your necklace to have (black for me, for a dark gray shade). Save some of your mixture in a separate container and in the first one add the glitter until you have a uniform granular texture.

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When the 1st cover dries, apply a 2nd one using the no-glitter-mixture pass to fill gaps and secure the glitter.

When the 2nd cover is dry too, remove the toothpicks. Also, paint the back of the necklace and put your wire/strap on, along with the clasps. You may secure the strap on the back of the necklace with a little of atlacoll.


On the left you can see the necklace with the 2nd cover of glue applied, while on the right it’s the same one with the 1st one only on. For the 2nd cover you can use a lighter color if you don’t want to overshadow the glitter so much like me.

Combine it with a monochromatic blouse and a skirt or shorts or jeans.  Here's my to-go outfit for it

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When I don't watch the sky or falling stars, while eating popcorn covered with melted cheese and rosemary, I squeeze fresh brain juice for my site; In Whirl of Inspiration.I also share there paper worlds from my favorite books, mouthwatering Mediterranean (mostly) recipes , crafts and colorful voyages. All these through a geek's perspective."














When she's not watching the sky or falling stars, while eating popcorn covered with melted cheese and rosemary, She is squeezing fresh brain juice for her site; In Whirl of Inspiration. There, she is also sharing paper worlds from her favorite books; mouthwatering Mediterranean (mostly) recipes , crafts and colorful voyages.

In her words: "All these through a geek's perspective"

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