The temperature’s hotting up! And when you begin to feel the heat, it’s natural to want to change look, strip off all of those winter layers and wear clothes that bare some skin. But you’ll also need the right accessories: this is why today we’ll show you how to make some original homemade jewellery. You’ll learn how to make necklaces using coffee capsules, the perfect match for all your summer outfits.
This creative recycling activity is perfect for those who love arts and crafts and don’t want to throw away their coffee capsules but would prefer to reuse them in imaginative ways. It’s an easy activity and it doesn’t cost a penny: all you need is some free time and a few simple instructions, our tutorial on how to make some unique homemade jewellery.
Capsule necklace: here’s what you’ll need
- A hammer.
- Cotton thread.
- A thick needle.
- About ten coffee capsules.
- Metal clasp.
How to make necklaces with coffee capsules: a handy tutorial
Once you’ve set aside all the materials you need, here are the detailed steps to follow to create your own original piece of jewellery.
- Prepare the capsules
The first step is to prepare the capsules: remove the coffee from inside with the help of a small knife, rinse and leave them to dry. Based on your tastes, they can either be all the same colour, or different shades. Try gold capsules like the Intense compatible capsules: these look particularly stunning on sun-kissed skin.
Flatten the capsules
Once you’ve prepared the capsules, flatten them with the aid of a hammer. To make your home-made coffee capsule necklace, you have two alternatives: use cotton thread or a fine metal chain, easy to find in stores that supply gold and costume jewellery makers.
Close the necklace
If you’ve chosen to use thread, make a hole on the two sides of each flattened capsule with the needle then thread them together. In the last capsule only, make three holes through which to thread the yarn and make a knot.
Instead, if you’ve chosen to use a fine metal chain, you again need to make a hole on both sides of each capsule, but in the last capsule at both ends you only need to make one, and apply a small link to it.
In both cases, the procedure for making the necklace is almost finished: now all that’s missing is the system for fastening the necklace to close it safely and practically.
Use a metal clasp
You can find metal clasps in craft stores, where you’ll find out that they come in different shapes and sizes. They might be made of white steel, gold-coloured brass and even heat-lacquered in many different colours. These are the most suitable way of fastening your necklace, but there is an alternative: small pins with a snap closure, which are definitely cheaper.
How did your coffee capsule necklace turn out? If arts and crafts are not just a hobby but a true passion for you, it’s time to find out how to dye paper straws using coffee, yet another truly exciting creative recycling activity.