Toddler’s DIY Cactus Necklace
My niece is turning 4 this year and she is starting to love all things girly: makeup, jewelry, dress up clothes, etc. When I was browsing through Pinterest I came across a Ghost Cactus necklace from meandkay.com, since I’m obsessed with everything cacti I immediately wanted it. It’s very cute and cost $25, after seeing it I thought it would be a fun easy diy project to make for her!
If you have the basics for jewelry making it doesn’t cost much at all about $6. You will definitely want a scroll saw for this project, it’s the perfect tool to make such a small piece on this thin of wood. A jig saw could work but it may tear up the wood and you can not cut items as intricately. If you don’t have a scroll saw no worries any craft store sells wood cutout. Both the bicycle and feather were pre-cut pieces I found at Hobby Lobby, they only cost $1.49 each! You may have to drill a hole for the metal loop but other than that you won’t need any power tools!
**Necklaces should be made for older children ages 3+. Please make sure not to leave your little unattended while wearing any accessories. This item could be a possible choking hazards, or accident strangulation .
►Thin Hobby Board
►Round Nose Pliers
**Side note you can skip steps 1-4 and just purchase a pre-cut wood shape from your local craft store. They coast about a dollar all you would have to do is drill a hole to hang it from (I just had to have a cactus). Some of them even have pre-burned edges. (the bike and feather necklaces where pre-cut pieces)
1. Print out or draw the cactus you would like to make, and trace it on to the Wood hobby board.
2. Take the cactus outline and drill a hole in it where you would like it to hang from
3. Using the scroll saw cut out the cactus shape
4. Sand the piece smooth
5. Using the wood burning tool burn the outer edge of the cactus and create a fun design on the front of the piece
6. Take the metal hoop using the round nose pliers open the hoop and attach the wooden cut out
7. Take the second metal hoop open it and put one end of the embroidery string through the hoop
8. Take a small piece of string and tie a knot close to the metal hoop and cut the string to create a small tassel
9. String the beads through the metal cord
10. String the cactus cutout and the tassel through the beaded cord
11. Using the stopper close the ends of the metal cord