Last weekend, Mr. AiF and I went to the hardware store in search of plants and a new sliding door for one of our closets (wild times). Whenever he suggests we go, I always jump at the chance because 1) brownie points, and 2) the DIY possibilities at hardware stores are seriously endless. I love perusing aisles full of things I have no idea the purpose of, dreaming up fun projects in the process. One aisle in particular was fruitful, brimming with copper bits that screamed "Make me into a necklace, you ninny!" — and so a DIY was born. Because when pieces of piping (???) tell you to do something, you listen.
SUPPLIES: COPPER PIPING (VIA HARDWARE STORE) | ROPE | CLASPS | E6000 GLUE
TIME: 10 MINUTES (NOT INCLUDING DRY TIME) | DIFFICULTY RATING: EASY
Start by cutting off a piece of cord to your desired length — I went with about 18 inches for my necklace. String the cord through your copper bits in whatever configuration you like. You could add some extra beads or maybe some spikes if you like, but I wanted to keep things super minimalistic for my necklace — for some reason, copper has that effect on me (just me?).
Next comes the only time consuming part of this DIY, and that's literally just glue drying. Add a generous (but not outrageous) amount of glue in the clasps and insert the ends of the cord in to secure them in place. You're going to want to press the two together for several minutes to make sure they adhere, then leave each side to dry for several hours, if not overnight (always a good rule of thumb when dealing with glue). Once everything is nice and dry, you're ready to rock and roll!
And that's it! Cute, right? I think this one cost under $5 to make, so... yeah. #RaiseTheRoof
Photos by Adventures in Fashion