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DIY // Statement Necklace

September 24, 2013

DIY statement necklace by contributor Molly

project, tutorial, and photos contributed by Molly of Almost Makes Perfect

I’m back from a whirlwind week spent on both sides of the U.S., and the playing catch up has begun! I’m planning to fill you all in on my recent trip to the Martha Stewart Living headquarters and on the Better Homes & Gardens stylemaker workshop from last week, but until then, I want to introduce you to Molly of Almost Makes Perfect. She’s my newest DIY contributor and she seriously rocks! Not only is she super sweet, but she’s got mad crafter and designer skills that makes life seem unfair. Here she is with her first DIY for Sugar & Cloth!–

I was inspired to make a necklace using pipe fittings the other day when I was waiting around the plumbing section to ask a Home Depot employee a question. There are tons of little brass “beads” just begging to be worn around your neck instead of living in a toilet! Best part of the project – it took me 20 minutes and only cost $10.

DIY statement necklace by contributor Molly


  • Polymer clay (I used white and turqouise)
  • Black suede cording
  • 2 brass pipe fittings (i used 1/8” couplings)
  • Small awl or toothpick

DIY statement necklace by contributor Molly

Preheat the oven to 275. Condition your white clay and get it really soft. Do the same with just a tiny amount of your accent color for the marbled beads. Make your large round ball out of the white clay.

Make two smaller white balls. Once you get the pair even and you’re happy with the size, roll them out into tubes. Take little bits of the color and place them onto the tubes.

Roll and mix the tube into a ball until you see it really get saturated and develop a marbled pattern — But don’t do it for too long or the colors will just blend. Once you like all three beads, gently poke holes in the center with your awl or toothpick. Bake for 15 minutes on a cooking sheet covered in foil.

DIY statement necklace by contributor Molly

When they’re baked and cooled, place them along with the pipe fittings onto your cording. Determine the length you’d like and trim. To make a closure, tie a triple knot around one end, and knot a loop around the other. Put the knot through the loop and if it feels secure – you’re all done!

DIY statement necklace by contributor Molly

project, tutorial, and photos contributed by Molly of Almost Makes Perfect


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DIY // Golden Charm Necklace

May 31, 2013

DIY golden charm necklace @ms_living #12monthsofmartha

I’m always a sucker for long necklaces. They’re just so easy to throw on with almost anything, and the long length makes me feel not too put together. I say all of this like I know what’s going on in the real fashion world (as opposed to my little bubble), but what I do know for sure is that I pretty much love the new golden charms and enamels from the Martha Stewart jewelry line.

This DIY golden charm necklace is super simple to make, plus you could easily skip the long chain and throw them on a golden loop ring for drink charms or key-rings, too!


  • Golden charms by Martha Stewart (at Michael’s)
  • Golden chain necklace
  • Gold jump rings
  • Chain nose pliers by Martha Stewart

DIY golden charm necklace @ms_living #12monthsofmartha DIY golden charm necklace @ms_living #12monthsofmartha This necklace is literally as simple as attaching your charms to the jump rings, and slipping them onto your necklace chain. Easy to do, but packs a big punch!

DIY golden charm necklace @ms_living #12monthsofmartha DIY golden charm necklace @ms_living #12monthsofmartha

Buy or DIY // 5 Scalloped items you wish you had.

May 30, 2013

buy or DIY, five scalloped items you wish you had

I realize not everyone will actually DIY, so I decided to start a new column that’s the best of both worlds to give you the option to buy or DIY (yes, I rhyme.) Now for other important measures…

Without a doubt, polka dots are one of my favorite things of all time. I really can’t think of anything that wouldn’t be cuter with a few polka dots, but if I had to pick a second favorite, it would be anything that’s scalloped. To help you add a few scalloped items to your collections, here are five products and inspirations for you to buy or DIY.

Succulent planter kit by Oh No Rachio // DIY scalloped cut-off shorts // DIY scalloped candle holders // Scalloped cupcake side table by Loyal Loot // Chloe mint green scalloped ballerina flats

I want it all.

February 27, 2013

chinti and parker spring and sum

In case the title didn’t fully explain it, I want everything in the 2013 Chinti and Parker Spring/Summer collection. Polka dots? Stripes? Colorblock? It just has a my name all over it! I’d wear it all.. at once. Okay not really all at once, that would be too much awesome for one person to handle.

What’s your favorite piece? To be honest, I buy things that I love and then wear the crap out of them until they look like colorful trash bags. Am I the only one?

Checkprint skirt // heart sweaters // polka dot sweaters // one pocket sweater // striped breton dress