Colored Nuts and Bolt Necklace

As part of the Lowes Creative Ideas Team we were challenged to create a clever gift idea for holiday gift giving.  My clever idea is for the DIY girl…which means I was selfishly thinking of myself.  I love jewelry.  Whenever I happen to shower and do my hair (you know…like every 3rd day—{giggle} I make sure to have earrings and a necklace on.  I like wearing unique pieces and this nuts & bolts necklace can be changed out to accommodate any color outfit one wears.

nuts and bolts necklace

Supplies:

Nuts

Bolt

Silver chain

Jump rings (2)

Lobster clasp

Magnetic closure (you will only use one half of the closure)

various colors of spray paint

jeweler’s pliers

Spray Primer

100 grit sandpaper

Loctite Super Glue – Ultra Gel Control

1.  I purchased my nuts and bolts in the hardware section at Lowes.  There are many sizes available.  Pick the size you like best. 

nuts bolts necklace 

2.  I lightly sanded the bolts to give it a little tooth for the paint to stick too.  I spray primed and then spray painted the nuts in various colors.  I let them dry for a few days to make sure they were fully dry before I touched them.

hardware necklace

spray painted bolts

3.  Meanwhile I used the Loctite Super Glue to adhere the magnetic closure to the top of the bolt.

bolt necklace 

4.  I added a jump ring to that and then cut the length of chain to the size I wanted and added a jump ring and lobster clasp to that.

jumpring

5.  Then just screw on the colored nuts you want to wear for the day and you are done. 

metallic nuts necklace

This would make an inexpensive gift and you could make a dozen different colored nuts as part of the gift.

colored nuts and bolt necklace

A quick change of the colored nuts completely changes the look of the necklace.

nuts and bolts

colored nuts necklace

Super quick, super inexpensive and super clever – right up this DIY girl’s alley.

For more clever ideas, check out Lowes Creative Ideas magazine available through the mail or on your Ipad or Iphone.

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Disclaimer: This is a compensated post on behalf of Lowes.  All opinions and ideas belong to this girl.





  • kristin marvin

    You are too clever and creative for your own good! This is definately a gift for the DIY’er. I have to say when I first saw it Sandra from Sawdust Girl came to mind. She is ALL saws, woods, clamps….. Great idea–you never seem to run out of them!

    • kristin marvin

      And dah! I just remembered that is how I came to follow you Beckie! When you were working on your awesome craft space with Sandra!

      • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

        Well, I sure am glad you did. You are a very faithful follower and always the first to leave me words of encouragement! :-)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Ha! You are right – Sandra is all saws, wood, and clamps! Maybe I’ll send her one of my necklaces as a holiday gift. ;-)

  • Kathy

    I love this idea! My husband owned a hardware store and I always thought the hardware would make great jewelry. So, did you buy the magnetic closure, clasp and chain at a hobby store and the rest at Lowe’s? I want to make this for my daughter for Christmas but if I am going to get that much paint, I might as well make several necklaces for friends as well. Thanks for a fun idea!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yes, the hardware is from Lowe’s and the jewelry-making pieces can be found at a craft store. I would love to hear how they come out!

  • debbie

    sooo dang cute..I’ve got to make one or some of these.. thanks for sharing.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Glad you like it. Please let me know how they come out!

  • http://www.plumdoodles.com/ SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    Now that is just too cute and clever, miss smarty pants!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Haha! That’s me! ;-)

  • My Repurposed Life

    how “creative” :) love it Beckie!
    gail

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks, Friend! :-)

  • Guest

    Shouldn’t this be called “Bolt and Colored Nuts”?

  • Shannon Henry

    Shouldn’t this be “colored nuts” not bolts??? Just saying…

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Why, yes it should. Good eye! ;-)

  • OhSally

    Too darned cute!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks, I love it!!!