This summer we found ourselves outside under the moon and stars quite a bit. The warm summer nights were just too irresistible to pass up, especially with a cool fall just around the corner. So we hung out with the moon all summer and she is kind of a show-off, but in the best way. I love how the moon is always changing and each night sky is a bit of a surprise. Feeling very moved by our glowing friend, I wanted to create a craft that was inspired by the moon and her lunar calendar. That’s how I came up with this lunar-inspired necklace! It’s a simple nod to the moon’s cycles without screaming “I’m wearing a moon on my neck!” Making one of your own is easy peasy!
Supplies you will need:
- Wooden beads in the size of your choice. I chose 1/2″ diameter beads and I used 5 beads total for my necklace.
- Craft paint in dark blue and white. You could go with black and white for a similar effect.
- A chain necklace in the length you prefer. My chain was 18″.
- Painter’s tape
- A paintbrush
- 3 round objects to trace (e.g. a pen cap, a bottle lid, etc.) that are all different sizes.
- A marker
Step 1: To begin, paint four of the beads completely white and one bead completely blue. One all white bead will represent a full moon and one all blue bead will represent a new moon.
Step 2: Create a sheet of painter’s tape by layering several strips of the tape in a row. Using the marker, trace each of the round objects onto the painter’s tape sheet.
Step 3: Then cut out the three traced circles, each a varying size.
Step 4: Place a tape circle over a white bead opening and carefully press all the edges down around the bead’s surface. Make sure the beads are dry before you add tape.
Step 5: Now paint the un-taped surface of the bead dark blue and let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 6: Remove the tape to reveal a moon-inspired bead! Repeat steps 4 through 6 with the other two pieces of circle tape.
Step 7: Now string all your beads in order of a lunar cycle and you are finished! Happy star (and moon) gazing!