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Make Your Own Starry-Night Necklace

The whole cosmos is your accessory.

Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night was my inspiration for this DIY—that and cold winter evenings, though I’m not even sure why, because I can’t wait for them to be over. But whenever I go through my closet and find it filled with pretty basic stuff, I have the urge to create a conversation-starter, so I made this necklace, and it’s pretty easy. Let me tell you how to do it.

What you’ll need:

  • Felt sheets in any color you choose
  • A needle and thread
  • Fancy ribbon
  • Sequins (if you can get star-shaped ones, even better).
  • Cardboard—I used a thin sheet that came in a package of fancy paper.
  • Craft glue
  • A pair of scissors
  • Tape

Making the cloud:

1. Sketch the cloud on the cardboard. You can make it whatever size you want, as long as you have enough felt.

2. Cut out your cloud shape.

3. Using the needle and some tape, secure the cloud cut-out to the felt sheet.

4. Cut along the edge of the cloud, making sure to leave a little extra room, so it looks like this:

5. Tape another sheet of felt to the other side.

6. Tape the pair of ribbons to this side as well.

7. Start sewing the cloud to the felt. This is why you left a little extra fabric around the edges—it’s OK if you end up piercing the cardboard, but it’s a little trickier to sew that way, so be careful.

8. When you reach the ribbons, secure them with thread as well, so what you have now looks like this:

9. Cut off the excess felt (though you may want to leave a little to create a shadow effect).

Adding the moon and stars:

1. You’re basically repeating the process you went through to create the cloud. Draw your moon on the cardboard, cut it out, and use the shape as a template to cut your felt.

2. You can sew the moon onto the felt, or just attach it with craft glue. I like the contrast of the white stitching against the plain moon, but it’s your call!

3. Time to glue on those star sequins! Be careful not to use too much glue, or it will leak onto the exposed felt.

And there you have it! Your very own night sky, fit for all hours of the day. ♦

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