Tuesday, December 6th, 2011...7:00 am

Sign up NOW for The Great Necklace Exchange of 2011!

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Because who doesn’t want an awesome new necklace for Christmas?!

This December, I’m super excited to be hosting my first-ever handmade necklace exchange! Not only does it combine two of my favorite things — jewelry and gift-giving — but I hope it will inspire some extra spirit and creativity in all of our holidays.

 

Here’s How It Works…

  1. To join, fill out the form below. Sign up by this Friday, December 9!
  2. On Saturday, December 10, I’ll email you the name and info of your randomly selected “match.”
  3. You’ll spend the next 10 days making a necklace just for them. Mail it by Tuesday, December 20!
  4. By Christmas, you’ll receive your own necklace, made just for you!

 

What You’re Making

First and foremost — you don’t have to be a designer to join in! Or even a creative person at all. PROMISE. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting awesome handmade necklace inspiration and DIYs (many of which are previewed above), and you are free to use and copy them as literally as you like.

Plus, I hope we can all extend our design inspiration beyond just necklaces! For one, a lot of my favorite necklace design ideas lend themselves to creative gift wrapping. For two, I’m dying to make Viv a stylish pacifier clip, and I have a hunch it’s going to match whatever necklace style(s) I take on.

Bonus points if your necklace includes upcycled materials, like beads from thrifted jewelry, etc.

Lastly, you should most definitely make at least two necklaces — one for yourself!

 

Who You’re Making It For

Each person who signs up will be randomly assigned a match. (Matches are not two-way, so you’re not giving and receiving with the same person.) That person will include links to their blog, their Pinterest account and anything else that gives you an idea of their personal style, and you’ll make them a necklace that fits.

UPDATE: We are open to international sign-ups! But FYI, I’ll be drawing names among the international sign-ups separately from the U.S. sign-ups, so that U.S. residents can all get their necklaces by Christmas. Those of you from elsewhere will receive yours according to your respective shipping times.

 

The Schedule

As long as everyone mails their necklaces by Tuesday, December 20, via First Class or better, the USPS holiday schedule says they’ll be delivered by Christmas.

 

The Fun Of It

I can’t wait to see the fruits of everyone’s creativity! Be sure to send me photos of both the necklace you make and the necklace you receive, and I’ll share them all after the fact.

If this necklace exchange suits your blog, please be sure to post about it along the way! I’d love for you to spread the word now to get more people to sign up. On Twitter and Pinterest, use hashtag #NecklaceExchange.

I know the holidays can be a crazy time, but I can’t wait to put some of my energy into sharing awesome gifts with new friends!

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