Salvaged Roses Necklace

I made this necklace this evening. I named it Salvaged Roses because the main piece is actually a broken cabochon that I’ve had lying around for ages. It is so pretty I wanted to salvage it somehow & this evening I figured out what I was going to do with it! I have sewn & glued it onto five layers of felt so the backing is very sturdy. Then I’ve simply slipped it onto a silver ball chain. What do you think?


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DIY Christmas Felt ‘Paper’ Chains

Remember making paper chains every Christmas when you were a child?
I’ve come up with a couple of variations for you! Here’s the first…

Felt ‘Paper’ Chains

Cut out felt strips approx 1/2 inch wide & 7″ long. I’ve made mine in two varying shades of pink as I intend to keep them up in my room but for a festive feel try green, red, silver & white felt.



Once you’ve cut up what you think is enough strips to start your chain (remember you can always add more) stop cutting!
Get one strip, join the ends with an approximate 1cm overlap and stitch together with either matching or contrasting thread, your choice.
Voila!



Pick up the next strip and thread through the first strip before stitching the ends together.

Repeat until your felt chain is at the desired length.



The beauty of making this felt Christmas ‘paper’ chain is that you can pack it away carefully & bring it out year after year!


The alternative paper chain idea I had is to use up old magazines, advertising leaflets (ie from supermarkets) & newspapers to make your paper chains instead of using tissue paper as is traditional. A good way to recycle!