Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine Necklace from Gail at Purple Hues and Me!

Hi everyone, I'm Gail @Purple Hues and Me and I'm thrilled to be doing my first ever guest post on Inspiration Cafe.  Danni of Silo Hill Farm has been with me from the very start of my blogging - inspiring me and always offering words of encouragement. I'm sure you all will join me in saying that's one of the things we love most about Danni.  Always being there for us!  

I love crafting and am always trying to come up with a new version of what has already been done. As in life, what goes around, comes around, or what's old is new again.  For this post I want to show you my take on a .  .  .

Valentine Safety Pins and Beads Necklace
Just about everyone has seen some sort of jewelry made out of safety pins.   You can find lots of choices on the net.  I think beaded safety pin jewelry is an easy way to personalize a holiday such as Valentine’s Day.  How cute it would be to dress up for your sweetie wearing something made by you for that special occasion.  You can pick out the exact color of beads you want to match your outfit or go with the traditional red, pink and white beads like I did.

 For this necklace, you will need:

·        1 Large Safety Pin
·        2 Medium Safety Pins
·        4 Small Safety Pins
·        40 Assorted smaller beads
·        18 Large beads
·        1 elastic cord approximately 30 inches long - you can cut later to fit

The dollar store carries a pkg of 175 asst. safety pins. This would cost $8.99 at a craft or fabric store.

1.      Arrange the safety pins on your work surface with the largest pin between the two medium pins, with two small pins beside the medium pins.

 2.      Starting with the largest pin, open and arrange the beads how you would like them to look, centering one of the large beads between the smaller beads. Put on as many beads possible (I used 8) and close the pin.

 3.     Place 6 small beads on each of the two medium beads, making them identical.  I used a slightly larger bead in the center of the five remaining beads for these pins. 

4.     Place 5 small beads on each of the four small pins making them identical.

5.     Make sure your pins are arranged in the exact order as stated in #1.

6.     Thread the cord with three of the large beads, next, pass the cord through the hole on the end of the small safety pin, thread two more large beads, one small pin, two large beads, one medium pin, two large beads, one large pin, etc., continuing in the arranged order until you have strung all of the large beads and pins.

 7.     Tie a knot on each end of the cord, or for a more finished look, attach a short chain on each end of the knotted cord and add a clasp.  Ta Da! You're done! 

Making your own variation with different beads, this safety pins and beads necklace is a great signature piece for any Valentine Festivities!

I want to thank Danni and the Inspiration Cafe Team for allowing me this wonderful opportunity to do a guest post.  They are truly awesome!

Take a little time to enjoy,


  1. Gail this is such a pretty necklace for Valentines Day! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and for guest posting for us here today! Come back anytime!

  2. Gail I love this idea!!! And the end result is pretty awesome. Thank you so much for being here today - please come again and share more of your wonderful ideas xx Nat

    1. Thanks, Nat! I've found some great "inspirations" here!

  3. Gail, congratulations on your first guest post here. Love the necklace. The colors are great for a V-Day gift!

  4. What a fun necklace! I love sometheing that I can do with my kids...and hopefully they don't get poked. :)

    1. I'm sure they'll be ok, and they're probably come up with their own way of making things with safety pins.

  5. Love it! Gail that is so pretty and fun. Thanks for sharing with us here at IC! Just visited you at Purple Hues and Me, what a wonderful blog!!!

    1. Thanks, Sherry! Love reading the IC blog. So many wonderful contributors!

  6. What a great guest post Gail. Love the reds and pinks! So pretty for Valentine's Day, but for anytime really.

  7. Gail, What a great Valentine necklace and craft, so fun, such a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us at the cafe!!! I have another craft I can add to the list to do with my girls :)