make it: geo necklaces DIY

by mari

DIY Aluminum Geometric Necklaces using the Cricut Explore

There’s a new Design Star challenge in town, and I intend to … well, to be a part of it! I’m not sure I’ll win, but I’m having a blast playing around as part of the Cricut Design Space™ Star Competition. Contestants have been grouped into teams, and we design new concepts every month to be judged and voted on. This month my team chose to design around the theme Endless Summer.

Apparently it’s the end of summer. I refuse to believe it, and I will spend the next 10 days savoring every extra-warm, possibly sweaty, sunshiney moment. I’m going for an Endless Summer in my head. Which dovetails perfectly with this project I’m working on. These geo necklaces have their own endless summer vibe with their  blue waves, hot pink heat, orange sunsets, and golden sunshine designs.

If you have a Cricut Explore™, this DIY is for you. In fact, I’m a little obsessed with my new machine. It cuts aluminum!!! And fabric, wood, leather, felt. Well, I haven’t tried them all out yet, but believe me, I will. OH will I. (check out the Cricut Explore Cut List for a full list of materials!) For now, I’m trying aluminum with some card stock centers. It’s the perfect chance to showcase a favorite paper or favorite color. necklace-portraitWhat you’ll need:

To make your own, you can buy the custom graphics svg file for $1.00:


Along with the Cricut Explore™, you’ll also need the the Deep Cut Blade and the Strong Grip Mat. When you prepare to cut the aluminum, shift the dial to Custom. Then, in the material settings, choose the aluminum sheet option from the pull down menu. Also, make sure to switch from the deep cut blade and the standard blade between the aluminum cutting and the card stock cutting! The file is set up to cut one necklace, but with all four card stock inserts for you to choose from.  After you’ve cut the aluminum, just click “next mat” until you reach the design you want to cut.

Once you’ve cut your aluminum pieces (one front, one back) and your card stock (choose from the 4 styles provided), then glue them together. I used Aleene’s glue dotted the 5 corners between each layer. Then add your jump ring, thread onto your necklace chain, and wear it everywhere! necklace-3This post is in partnership with Cricut. I received product as part of the Cricut Design Space™ Star Competition. All opinions, as always, are my own. 

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1 Anneliese August 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

I love this, Mari! Such a great look and creative idea.

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2 mari August 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

Thanks Anneliese – can’t wait to see yours!

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3 Tami August 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

Just love these! Totally on trend with all the jewelry I see these days!

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4 mari August 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

Woohoo! That’s so good to hear, thanks. And your earrings project is full of spunk – I wish I had my ears pierced!

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