DIY Natural Bling

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Laurie’s DIY project this week is another great example of taking something very ordinary and transforming it into something absolutely beautiful and unique. Can you believe those are just bits of rock candy strung on a piece of wire? Oh, and don’t you love how Laurie referred to it as “natural bling”…

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What You’ll Need
Rock Candy Strings
Bailing wire (I used 16 gauge) ( 1.5 inches for each)
Seam binding or ribbon (about 10″ for each,  1/2″or so wide)
Wire cutters
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Resources:  
Rock Candy can be found at stores selling bulk candy. It can also be ordered through online resources like Oh, Nuts and Candy Warehouse.
Seam Binding can be purchased at any fabric store.  There are also a lot of vendors on Etsy selling it too.
Bailing wire is available at any hardware store.

Directions:

1.  Begin by using your wire cutters to cut 1.5 inch lengths of wire.  You’ll need one per crystal.  (see figure 1)

2.  Bend your wire into a “Shepard’s hook” shape.   I bent mine over a pencil to make a nice curve.  (see figure 1)
3. At the very end of one of you rock candy strings, put a
generous glob of hot glue.  Stick the end of the hook into the glue,
and hold until it has cooled.    If it wiggles a bit, add another dab
to secure it.   (see figure 2)
4.  Cut a length of ribbon, about 10 inches long and tie a knot,
then a bow around the wire at the top of the crystal.  Trim your ribbon
tails.
5. Hang your completed crystals anywhere that needs a little
sparkle; on bare branches in a vase, from a tree, in a floral
arrangement,  from garland or an arch.  If you’re feeling extra crafty,
construct an armature and hang the crystals from it like a chandelier.
(see pic below)
A Tip:
If you have a lot of short candy strings, you can join them together using hot glue to make longer strands
What it cost:
Rock Candy – $5 a pound (I bought 1.25 pounds, and got about 25 strands)
Bailing Wire – $3 for a 50 ft spool
Seam binding – $.25 – .50 per yard (from most Etsy sellers)

Laurie, your the best!

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15 Responses to “DIY Natural Bling”

  1. Ashley Rose

    Wow sooo cute! I love that they are natural bling :) seriously who wants fake crystals hanging at their wedding (or real crystals for that matter) these are sooo rad!

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  2. Kristin

    Beautiful!! I would have never even guessed that it was rock candy! I really like how organic and natural these look, like you collected sea glass from the beach or something. :)

    Reply
  3. maria @ {ritzy bee}

    Every time I don’t think you can’t top things you do…you ladies rock {no pun intended} :)

    Reply
  4. Marion Cornwell (Maddie' Texas Grandmorher)

    Laurie,
    You are amazing!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Marion from Texas

    Reply
  5. Anna P

    Oh wow, I am getting married at a Museum of Rocks and Minerals and we were just talking about incorporating rock candy. Perfect!

    Reply

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