Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: Countertop-Culture Necklace

“Hmm… Funny name,” you may be thinking to yourself right about now, but these necklaces are actually made from countertop samples! This little adornment can actually be created for next to nothing (if you use things from your stash =), & there’s something very counter-culture about that.

Here’s how you make em’:
1. Go to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s & pick up some countertop samples in colors you so desire. This part is sort of a Nancy Drew-ish challenge – to go into the hardware store & look like you’re there in hopes of making some home improvements. =)

2. Next, decorate your necklaces with whatever you want (or have on hand =). I used various beads, rhinestones, stickers, & paper cutouts from magazines (use a glue stick for these).

3. Next, loop a ribbon through the hole in the countertop sample & tie a knot at the end. I didn’t measure my ribbon, but just experimented with it before I made the final cut. All my “Countertop-Culture” necklaces I’ve made so far have been the kind you just slip over your head, but you could use a jewelry clasp & make them with a shorter ribbon. Using jewelry supplies, I attached a bead to some of my necklaces through a link on the ribbon, also.

4. Lastly, wear your frugalista creations with a secret grin (no one has to know you’re wearing a countertop sample, but I kinda like to share (sometimes)).
And, yes, I made a Nancy Drew one... I'll clue you in a little, if you're a Drew fan, too, check back in the next few days...


  1. Neat idea! I will definitly try that soon.

  2. Wow, those are so neat, Bess. Did you come up with that idea on your own? :) Really cool!

  3. Hey, thanks for the nice comments Jane & Shaynie! =) And, yes, Shaynie, I came up with the idea. I love using free items that others would just toss aside, for making really interesting artsy stuff. So glad you guys like the idea, I wasn't sure how it would go over! And, yes, I also came up with the name ("Countertop-Culture" Necklaces) just this morning - it seemed to fit perfectly!

  4. Those are really cute, Bess! I love the Nancy Drew one. ;)

  5. Those are really cool.
    They are so pretty.
    I would love to try it out.


  6. Cool idea! We're doing a kitchen renovation right now, so I'm sure I'll be visiting some home improvement store sometime soon. I may just have to pick up a few *samples* (bwwa ha ha!!)

    Allison Elizabeth ♥


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