A lot of things change once you have a baby and the clothes you wear are just one of them. Gone are the days when you could wear long, dangly earrings and sky high heels. You have a grabby baby that you’re carrying around all the time and it’s just not practical. But, just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with fashion – you just have to get creative – which is why I came up with this DIY project. I’ve always loved wearing necklaces, but ever since my little one started grabbing at things I’ve had to stop, because I was worried about her breaking them as well as being worried about her putting the small charms and such in her mouth. This necklace DIY is perfect for you AND Baby. You can be fashionable and Baby will have a fun new “toy” to play with and drool on – worry free!
Baby Friendly DIY Necklace
Finally! A necklace that is fashionable for you and fun for baby to play with!
Step 1: Gather your supplies
The base of this project is the plastic cross-stitch/embroidery mesh. I’m not sure if that’s what it’s actually called, but that’s my best guess from looking around online. I just happened upon it at the craft store and loved it. Each sheet was only like $.59 so you could get one in every color if you wanted. You’ll also need some waxed cord and a pair of scissors.
Step 2: Choose your shapes
Now you need to cut out shapes from the plastic mesh that will serve as the “pendant” for your necklace. I stuck with simple geometric shapes, because I like their modern look and they’re also a lot easier to cut out, but feel free to play around. You can also play with scale. I wanted to make my pendants large statement pieces, but smaller ones would be great as well.
Step 3: Cut your cord
The cord I chose for this project actually ended up being the teeniest bit too thick which made it difficult to thread through the mesh, so make sure to consider this before purchasing your supplies. Cut the cord to the desired length and err on the longer side – a longer necklace will look more modern, but you can always cut it shorter if you change your mind.
Step 4: Tie your knots
Thread your cord through the mesh through one corner of your pendant and tie a knot, cutting off the excess when you’re through. Repeat on the other side.
Step 5: Wear it!
Make sure your necklace hangs the way you’d like and is the right length (if not you can go back and change it) and then work it out! I like wearing my necklaces with a plain white t-shirt or something else fairly simple so the necklace can stand out.
Step 6: Change it up and make some more
Since these necklaces are so easy and inexpensive to make, feel free to make them for your mama friends and try out some different shapes! They’ll love that they can accessorize with something that is fashionable, but also baby-safe and fun for their little one to play with.