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Make a Gold Hoop Necklace? Challenge Accepted

“Hey Alex, want to participate in a Blog Hop where everyone makes a Gold Project?”


I mean how hard could it be right?  Create a fun project to match our Giveaway using Gold as the main theme.

Yeah. One big, huge, massive problem.

I don’t like the colour gold.

I don’t own a single piece of gold anything. Furniture, art, picture frames, dinnerware, jewelry and not even a bottle of Goldschläger.  This is because for as long as I can remember the whole gold thing brings me visions of Donald Trump’s apartment and the word ostentatious doesn’t even begin to describe it. Just Google Donald Trump Gold Apartment and tell me which image had you staring at it the longest.

The gold decor resurgence hit the blogging and design world like a tornado awhile back and no matter what I saw I would always correlate it with glitter and sparkles and that led me to Christmas. And I love Christmas. Just not in May. Oh wait I stand corrected, I do have something in gold in our home. The Christmas ornaments for one of our trees.

Silver, Platinum, Titanium, Steel, Cement, Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and hell yes to Copper a million times. Gold? With the exception of rose gold, I literally couldn’t find a thing around here. Until I did.

Awhile back I picked up a giant bag of faux gold plated and steel rings from a thrift store with the thought that maybe they’d be useful for a craft down the line.

faux gold hoops from a thrift store -

I thought surely I can turn these into a simple but chic (and I am not a person who uses the word chic) necklace and prove to myself that I can like gold.

Now I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but I am always looking for a new necklace pendants as I like to wear layered necklaces. Simple ones however, nothing Donald exorbitant.

So it went like this. Found some eyelets and old scrap faux leather, which used to be a really ugly purse I found at the Salvation Army but then I cut up for it’s fabric.

gold eyelets -

making a gold hoop necklace - northstory step 2 (2)

Put them together and added a gold chain…

making a gold hoop necklace - northstory step 2

And I got myself this.

A simple yet rustic gold hoop necklace.

Gold Hoop and Leather necklace -

And then I made it a friend.

DIY Gold Necklace -

For the double hoop one, it’s as simple as taking a gold jump ring and putting 2 hoops in it. Then adding another jump ring through the jump ring holding the 2 hoops.

This helps to create that cascading effect.

Now before you’re all “How am I supposed to make one of these if I can’t find hoops at the thrift store?”, stores like the Dollar Tree and Michael’s carry these hoops/rings all the time.

Gold Hoop Necklaces -

Gold Hoop Necklace -

You know what’s even better than gold hoop necklaces?

Winning a Pot of Gold.

Well, almost like one. How about $300 in PayPal Cash to spend as you’d like? Maybe you can buy yourself a real gold necklace with that loot.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Contest is open worldwide and runs from March 10th to March 17th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And get more “golden” inspiration from these 14 other talented ladies:

Love That Gold- 15 Golden Projects to Inspire

From left to right, they are:

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mug & Irish Coffee Recipe from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
“Mommy Loves Me” Heat-Transfer Onesie by It Happens In A Blink
How To Take Pictures During The “Golden Hour” by Lindsay Faber Photography
Gold-Dipped Tear Drop Earrings by Happy Go Lucky
Gold Lettered Vintage Plates by The Sweet Escape
DIY Gold and Silver Key Fob by 4 You With Love
“Don’t Miss The Colours of the Rainbow” Printable by Clean and Scentsible
Gold Dipped Kitchen Utensils by Echoes of Laughter
Golden Pencils by The DIY Dreamer
Gold Speckled Eggs by Craftberry Bush
Gold Circle Pendants by northstory
Kate Spade-inspired Coasters by Suburble
Gold-and-Black Layered Bracelet by Happy Hour Projects
Vintage Key Art by Satori Design for Living
Gold Bowties by Fynes Designs

 DIY Gold Hoop & Leather neckace and Double Gold Hoop Necklace -

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  • Reply
    March 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I LOVE both the looks! You’re totally rockin’ them, and so easy to make!

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    March 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Trés chic! 😉

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      March 10, 2014 at 9:49 am

      There’s a whole list of those sayings that I can’t muster. Easy Peasy comes to mind too. I’m going to hell for that one b/c I think that’s mandatory blogger speak.

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    Lynne Knowlton
    March 10, 2014 at 9:41 am

    They are both gorgy gorgeous. You rocked the gold. You must be Canadian 🙂 xx

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      March 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

      HAHAHA! I think just for that you need to make some gold photo cases.

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    March 10, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Simple yet stunning.

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    March 10, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Absolutely LOVE the necklaces Alex!!!!! I want them!!! hehe Pinned!
    Where did you find the eyelets and tool?

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      March 10, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Walmart! For $2!

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    March 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Love these Alex! Such a simple and pretty necklace!

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    Shauna Oberg
    March 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Simple and gorgeous! It took me a while to hop on the gold train too (and I’m still only partially there!).

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    March 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I am not a simple-jewelry type person, (As you know, I like a little more bling) but I LOVE these! Off to check out those coasters.

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    March 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Love the one with the leather detail!

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    Angie@Echoes of Laughter
    March 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    So pretty Alex! I love longer necklaces and wear them all the time! Have a wonderful March Break! Angie xo

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    Lindsay Faber
    March 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    These turned out awesome…would never know that you and gold don’t get along 😉

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    March 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Alex – I love these necklaces – they’re so simple, yet large enough to have impact. Even though you aren’t a “Golden Girl” in style, I still have to say, ‘Thank you for being a friend….” 😉

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    Dani @ lifeovereasy
    March 11, 2014 at 2:07 am

    They look great on you. I think you should totally start wearing gold jewelry!

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    March 11, 2014 at 8:21 am

    So cute! I love them!

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    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.
    March 11, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I, like you, have next to 0 gold in my home… the gold jewelry I do have is from the 80’s, I’m sure you can imagine what THAT looks like? I love that you shot a pic of the scale of necklaces on, changed my perception immediately! Yep, I love them, even though they are gold! The combo with the leather = brilliant!!!

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    March 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

    So cute….even in gold 🙂

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    March 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

    WOW, these necklaces are stunning in their simplicity!

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    March 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I will admit – yes, I do have some gold in my home, but not a whole bunch! We have a vintage brass bar cart – does that count as gold? I do love your necklaces, and I would wear them both, especially the double rings. Very cool!!

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    Inspire Me Heather
    March 12, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Your necklaces are beautiful Alex!! I’m the same way about gold.. not so much. Thanks for the giveaway too – I wouldn’t mind that gold at all! Fingers crossed!!

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    March 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Uhhh LOVE!!!! I have some gold jewellery stuff in my “need to craft this” pile… this has given me the inspiration to get my butt into gear! So pretty!

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    March 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

    These are so lovely! Love the one with a bit of leather : ]

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    March 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

    These are so cool Alex! So lovely!

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    Natalie@NorthShore Days
    March 15, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Awesome – simple yet striking! Love these.

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    March 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I love these Alex – especially the one with the leather! I’ve never actually made any jewelry before but these would be the perfect place to start! Pinned!

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    March 18, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Um… yes please! For someone who doesn’t like gold… you knocked this one out of the park!!

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