Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Recycled Tribal Necklace

I love the tribal trend in fashion and accessories- it is colorful, interesting, whimsical and bohemian. In my daily work I have pulled lots of tribal inspiration into my fabric and surface design and today when I made my "weekly dig" through our recycling bin, I all of a sudden thought of yet one more way to use recycled cardboard rolls- to create a chunky tribal necklace!

Start by painting a cardboard roll with bright colorful paint- experiment with different sizes of cardboard rolls.

Once it is dry, cut into sections.

Paint each section with colorful, tribal inspired designs.

Once you are satisfied with the painted designs, use several layers of gel medium (in either a matte or gloss) and let dry.

Use a braided ribbon, a piece of twine or even a chain and string to string your cardboard beads.


Kathleen said...

Fantastic and easy enough kids can do it too!! Love it! Thanks!

DesertNana said...

this is a fabulous upcycled project
Im going to make some for valentines for my granddaughters!

Jenxo said...

LOve it, so bright and cheerful, great recycling....jenxo

Anna said...

Great, I just found your blog
And I love it..your very artistic.
I like to use some of your photo's of the tank top with ruffles, please, if I may?
with a link back to you of course?

you can find me here
my blog is in dutch but I do have a translate button!

xx Anna

Kelly said...

That is very cool! And yes, definitely something kids could do!

muebles en leon said...

I consider one and all should look at it.


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