November 26, 2011

DIY Ideas: Dannijo

I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a happy holiday with good people and good food! I had a wonderful time as always with my sisters and family in the heartland, with loads of DIYing to share over the next month.

When I comes to jewelry designers, I can't help but love the sister acts most of all, like Lizzie Fortunato Jewels and Dannijo. (Hmm... that gives me an idea. Ellyn, what do you think about starting our own sister jewelry line called Erilyn?) Both sets of designers create wonderful melanges of materials and textures that are fun to recreate. (For examples, see my bracelets here and here.)

I was looking at some of Dannijo's new arrivals recently, and think you could DIY several of the pieces. Here are few ideas, but one or two I'm going to keep up my sleeve, and share with you another time after I try it myself.

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1. Lindsay Bracelet: Looking for a trick to update friendship bracelets? With some embroidery floss, whip stitch two short pieces of chain to woven bracelet. Check out how one DIYer did it here.

2. Nela Necklace: I see strands of huge, chunky beads at craft stores all the time, and think this necklace is a genius update. Tie pieces of chain in between large beads on strung loosely together, shortening the length of chain as you move up and out.

3. Phillipa Earrings: These earrings are perfectly recreated with vintage (or not) rhinestone buttons, like the kind I used here. Break off the shank with pliers, and glue to earring backs. Or, use rhinestone trim!


  1. Wow, I used to make those friendship bracelets all the time when I was a teenager! I love the addition of chain.

    Loving the turquoise necklace, too. *Drools.*

  2. great inspiration... (as you know, ha!) i get quite a bit of diy-spiration from DANNIJO... they have such lovely things!

  3. Count me in seester!

  4. love dannijo! and erin, these look like great diys ~ can't wait to see!!
    xx ~ kristina


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