Paper Flower Necklace Tutorial!
Photo by Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit
When I found out that one of the Summer Alt Summit party themes was an Outdoor Garden Party, I knew I wanted to wear my Free People shift dress, which I altered for a better fit in this post. But in order to better fit the party theme, I knew I needed a floral touch. At first, I thought about making a flower crown hair thingy, but instead I made this cascading paper flower necklace. I got a ton of compliments and, “You MADE that?!” comments, but really it was super simple to make. I found the paper flowers in the bargain bin at Michaels, but you should be able to find paper flowers in the scrapbooking or cardmaking section of most craft stores. I also found a few on Amazon, and I’ve shared those in the slideshow below.
The first thing you need to do is cut a piece of chain to the desired size so that it hangs low around your neck and down to your bellybutton, or so. Use a split jump ring to join the ends.
Now it’s time to turn the paper flowers into charms that can hang off of the necklace. Basically, you shove a headpin into the flower, add a bead, bend the wire and hook it into the chain, and then loop the headpin around itself to secure it. For the cascade effect, have fewer flowers neat the top (starting at your collarbone) and add more flowers as you get near the bottom (bellybutton-ish) of the necklace.
Use a sharp needle to pierce the paper flower near the center. It doesn’t have to be exactly centered.
Push the headpin through the hole you just made. The head of the pin should be at the base of the petals.
Add a bead, if desired (I left a few without beads, too). Then grasp the headpin at the base of the bead with round nose pliers and use your finger to bend the wire at a 90° angle. Then, adjust your pliers, turning them 90° and then using your finger to push the wire around the curved nose of the pliers to make a hook.
Hook the pin into a loop of the chain.
Insert your round nose pliers again and finish making the loop, then wrap the wire around itself a couple of times between the loop and the bead.
Cut with wire cutters.
Alternately, you can cut the chain at various spots and re-connect it with jump rings and hang several flowers off of the jump rings.
And that’s that! Honestly, the hardest part is picking out the flowers you want to use. Some flowers already have wire “stems” coming off of the base, and those would be even easier to use. you could skip the headpin steps and simple string on a bead and loop the wire stems into the chain.