Intro: DIY Lego Jewelry
Necklaces, bracelets and earrings made with Legos are beyond easy to make and a great way to reuse your favorite childhood toy. :D
The last picture shows a huge batch of necklaces I made in one day!
I have a ton of necklaces up for sale in my etsy shop if you'd like one: making jiggy on etsy!
Step 1: What You'll Need...
For the earrings:
- posts + backs (sold in bulk at most craft stores)
- Legos of desired size
- Aleene's Platinum Bond 7800 glue OR E600 glue
For the necklaces:
- drill with a 1/16 bit
- jump rings (sold in bulk at craft stores)
- your choice of necklace chain (sold in bulk at craft stores)
- clasps/closures for chain (also sold in bulk)
- small selection of pliers
Step 2: Assembling the Earrings.
I'll break this down into steps for easy reading:
- get a post, Lego, and your desired glue.
- put a generous dab of glue onto the base of the earring as shown in photo 2.
- check picture 3 for where to place the posts - if you're apply the post to a single line Lego, it needs to go at the very top so that it sits on three edges. On double line Legos, it needs to sit on the top circle.
- press firmly into the desired place and hold for ten seconds or so, and then don't touch it anymore. Make sure not to slide it to the side, or push it around - just push down. Pushing it around will make your layer of glue tacky and thinner, and you won't get a good bond. So set it aside and keep on keepin' on.
Step 3: Let the Glue Cure!
This is so very important. If you skip this step, you will not get a lasting bond.
After a few hours, push up on the posts very lightly with your thumb. If they move at all, your initial attempt at gluing was not successful. So go ahead and rip the posts off, clean everything up with a bit of alcohol, and try again.
If they pass the initial test, let them sit for at least 48 and up to 72 hours.
Step 4: Wear Them!
No model photos yet. Perhaps on a more photogenic day. ;)
Step 5: Starting the Necklaces - Drilling the Lego!
Step one and the most important step. You need to make two holes in one of the long sides of the lego.
Be careful and steady with the drill - Legos are remarkably soft and you will go through them very quick, so pay close attention. :D
Check the photos for reference on where to drill. It's not an exact science. Close to edge, close to the outside edges.
Step 6: Cut Chain to Desired Length!
You will need two pieces that will equal your desired length. I have a very small neck, and I like my necklaces to sit pretty high, so I'm using lengths of chain between 8 and 9 inches.
The best way to measure for this is to loop the chain behind your neck, so you have one short end and one longer end hanging down your front, and determine what length suits you the best by pulling it back and forth, and then cut the longer end off.
Then you can double the chain and cut it in half.
Step 7: Attach the Chain!
- Attach two jump rings to the Lego
- Attach the chains to those jump rings
- Attach a jump ring to the opposite end of each chain
- Attach your desired closure to those jump rings
- Make sure all jump rings are securely closed and that no chains or jump rings will escape
Step 8: Wear It!
Add bricks onto your base brick if you like. :D
Step 9: Bonus! Lego Bracelets!
So here we are. :)
You will need:
- jump rings
- enough Legos to fit around your wrist
- a drill with a 1/16 bit
- a closure
- small pliers
Step 10: Drill Each End of the Legos!
As shown in the photo. :D
Step 11: Connect the Legos With Jumprings!
As shown in the photos... each Lego end gets a ring, and those rings are linked together.
At the very ends of the chain, attach jump rings and a clasp, attaching multiple jump rings opposite the clasp if you like. :)
Step 12: Wear It!
It's a little tricky to get on... but hey, it doesn't matter if it's cute, right? :D
Enjoy your Lego jewelry... and keep an eye out for cufflinks - coming soon!