Project time: 30 minutes
DIY level: Easy
This necklace is inspired by the “Evil Eye” talismans that travelers often bring back from their visits to Turkey and Greece. It’s not an Evil Eye—you’ll notice my version doesn’t have that sinister pupil in the center!—but it definitely elicits that feel. Mine’s made with glitter glue, so you know I think it’s a step up!
The cultural history of the Evil Eye is both abundant and mysterious—the idea that casting an “evil eye” has the power to cast doom and curses on a person is prevalent in countries all over the world. For centuries, people on all continents and speaking dozens of languages have believed so strongly in this idea that they have taken active measures to ward against the angry glares of others. But where this idea first caught on, no one knows for sure.
Project Time: 2 hours or less
DIY Level: Easy-Medium
Call me picky, but I have the hardest time finding decent rings. I always see rings I like on other people, but when I ask, “Hey, where did you get that?” the answer is always something impossible to replicate—“Oh, it’s an heirloom ring! It was my great aunt’s,” or, “I got it in a little thrift shop called Caroline’s,” or even, “I picked this up the last time I was in Italy.”
So I’ve been doing a little research into making my own rings. I’m not one for adjustable metal rings, so until I learn metal working, I’m going as far as I can with wood craft rings I bought off of Etsy. These ones I paired with two materials left over from previous projects: Sculpey left over from a project I’m still perfecting, and liquid gold gilding from this project over here. I’m pretty happy with how they came out!
Project time: 1.5 hours
DIY Level: Easy-Intermediate
I love anything with a cultural touch, so jewelry made from old coins is right up my alley! Of course, actual ancient coins are a pretty penny to buy (see what I did there?), so the ones I used for these earrings were actually inexpensive replicas I bought off of Etsy (link).
I cannot tell you how much I adore the way these came out. I’m a statement-jewelry girl, so the fact that these are big is perfect. I went with jewel tones of turquoise and coral so that they’d match anything in my wardrobe. And they make me feel exotic because of the foreign-coin element. I went with Greek coins because I’m Alexis the Greek, but if you are French or Egyptian or some other heritage, you might go another way!
Project time: 1.5 – 2 hours total
DIY level: Easy
I’ve been using the same mirrored box since high school for my jewelry, pins, and hair ties. It has worked fine and all, but I recently noticed it didn’t really go with any of the other decorative items around my home. And honestly, even though I’ve weeded through my accessories several times over the years, I still have more than I did in high school! So I needed a second way to store my most common go-to items where they wouldn’t get buried.
I dreamed up this mermaid ring dish as a solution. It’s very decorative, so it’s going to take the place of that mirrored box on my vanity, while the box moves to my bathroom closet and continues to store my less-often-used items.
I painted my prototype ring catcher coral because it’s a color that makes me feel happy and hopeful… but something about it just wasn’t quite right. In the end I switched to blue because it looked like water, which went with the mermaid theme. If you go with another kind of figurine, like a Loch Ness monster or a unicorn or something, I recommend you choose a color that inspires you or makes you feel the way you like most to feel!