These can be for the home decor enthusiast on your list! All you have to do is find some old, used, hardback books, (these are from Goodwill for .75 a piece) …
and paint them however you like! I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Gray for the front and back cover and Liquid Leaf in Gold for the spine. I chose these colors because it’s what I already had in my craft room leftover from another project. Also, I knew that the receiver of this gift would like this color combo for their home. I prefer to use chalk paint when I’m painting books but as long as you are painting a hardback book without a glossy cover, you should be able to use any kind of paint! This project is SUPER easy, inexpensive and pretty! If you wanted to get even more creative, you could add designs to your books like stripes or a cross like these…
|They come 8 to a bag so I bought 4 bags to give my main string 32 beads.
( If you are making an actual rosary you will need way more than that)
|Notice that these are smaller than the 1″ beads above. I bought 1 pack of these because I only needed 3.
(again, if you are making a rosary, you will need a different amount)
|you could also use canvas string or anytime of jewelry making string|
|these come 3 to a pack but I only used 2
-materials I already had laying around: Liquid Leaf in gold, Country Gray chalk paint by ASCP, brushes, super glue, drill with small drill bit
First, I started by painting all of my beads the same color, Country Gray by ASCP. To thoroughly cover each bead with paint, I held them one at a time in between my pointer finger and thumb with my left hand and painted with my right hand. (this may sound like it took forever but I used a brush that was equally as wide as the beads so it really only took a few seconds per bead) Chalk paint dries so quickly that I was able to set them down on a towel right after painting each bead and never had to go back and do any touch ups. After all of my beads were painted, I started stringing the larger ones first. After loading all 32 of them onto a piece of twine, I tied a double knot at the top of the necklace, leaving 1/4″ of wiggle room in the strand to attach the cross at the bottom. After tying the double knot I cut the twin down as close to the knot as I could so that there wasn’t any excess twine leftover.
Next, it was time to attach the 3 smaller beads and the cross to the bottom of the strand. I tied another double knot in the leftover space I just mentioned with a second piece of twine. This knot was in the very center of the beads (16 on each side) at the bottom of the strand. After tying the double knot, I slipped on the first of 3 smaller beads and secured it in place with another double knot…
I continued this step until all 3 beads were attached to the same piece of twine with double knots securing them in place on each side…
Once the necklace was complete, I needed to attach the cross. I decided to use 2 of the 3 crosses that came in the pack because I didn’t think that using just 1 was going to be thick enough to achieve the look I was going for. I simply glued 2 of these birch crosses together with some super glue I found in a kitchen drawer to make 1 thick cross…
Once the glue dried, I painted the cross with the same Country Gray by ASCP and drilled a small hole in the top center. Then I threaded the remaining twine from the strand of 3 smaller beads, through the hole in the cross and tied it off with a double knot. (see previous photo with arrows again)
Then it was time for the gold leaf!
I use the same brush for gold leafing every time. Any brush will do as long as the bristles are somewhat thick, short, and hard. Also, I never use a brush that I want to clean in the end. This brush will only ever be ruined after use or reusable only for gold leafing.
To apply the gold leaf, I dabbed my brush in the paint slightly and then patted the drips into the lid a few times so that my brush was almost completely dry but still had a touch of paint on it. Then I quickly and lightly grazed over each bead. I obviously didn’t want the beads to be covered in gold but to look like they had rubbed up against something gold. I did this a couple of times until I thought my beads had a desirable amount of gold paint on each one. I used same approach for the cross too. I’ve seen some rosaries and decorative necklaces where the cross is solid gold or silver. I love that look too! And tada…
|Paint Colors: French Linen by ASCP & Liquid Leaf in Silver|
3. Jewelry Holder
We ended up using a picture hanging kit to attach a tight wire to the back of the frame and hang it on the wall via a stud. (the window is kind of heavy) And tada….
If you don’t have access to an old window, Hobby Lobby sells pre-made weathered window panes that are about half the size of the window I used…
|DO NOT PAY FULL PRICE!!! Use a 40% off coupon from the website or check to see if it’s onside for 50% off.|
You could also use any wooden picture frame and follow these exact same steps to achieve the same thing!