Dollar Owl Necklace Transformation {just add paint & tassel}

When I saw this necklace promo on Discount Queens for just over a dollar with free shipping from Amazon, I knew I was in.

discount queens owl necklace

I knew when I bought it that I didn’t like it as it was… But I thought it would be a great candidate for a crafty makeover!

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Okay, so here’s where we started: a brass-colored owl and chain with plastic “gem” eyes and details.

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First I sprayed the owl and chain metallic silver…

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It looked okay, but it was missing something…

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…So I added eyeballs with a sharpie. Yikes! Definitely not it!

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Next I lightly sanded the “gemstones” to let them peak through. Umm… No.

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So the owl got a coat of black spray paint. That looked pretty good… But I’m not much of a black clothing/accessory person, so…

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I tried sanding the colored bits and edges. Still didn’t like it.

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Then I thought a really graphic color might look kinda neat, like a yellow or pink or something like that. Thanks to my craft-enabler ahem, friend Marisa, I grabbed a bit of her orange spray paint and set to work.

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I held a paper bag in between the owl and the chain to spray the chain back to silver again without covering the orange on the owl.

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This would have worked really well in the fall, I think, between the color and motif… But I just wasn’t feeling it as I stand here on my tippy-toes expectantly awaiting the arrival of spring…

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So back to silver the old gal went again.

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Then I brushed on some pale aqau/robin’s egg blue from leftover china cabinet paint samples.

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Finally happy with the owl color, I pulled out my little bag of thick thread/embroidery floss to make a little tassel to add to my owl…

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I settled on this great vintage gray wool to use for a mini tassel. To make one for yourself, first wrap a length of thread around and around your fingers.

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Then tie the bundle of thread into a bundle right in the center.

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Fold the two bundle ends to each other to fold the bundle in half and wrap thread around and around what was the center (the same place you just tied a knot) and tie it off.

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Then just snip the loops of the tassel and trim if necessary. I tied the tassel to the bottom of the owl pendant.

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And there you have it! Now the necklace price AND style are much more me, wheeeee!

crafty aqua owl and tassel necklace

So, anyone else ever makeover a cheap piece of jewelry to make it kinda fabulous? Do tell!


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cheapo owl & tassel necklace transformation


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