I’m revisiting an old classic for Mother’s Day, the macaroni necklace. In my head I had grand plans to recreate some amazing J.Crew style statement necklaces. But seriously, where do you begin with that? So I’ve gone for more of an Oliver Bonas route.
These babies are going to go to the lovely Ladyland ladies who are all super mums, even Bella who has her bub on the way. She’s going to be really good at mumming, I can feel it.
1. Pasta – I used penne, macaroni and little pasta stars, all from Sainsbury’s
2. Embroidery needles
3. Embroidery thread
4. Nail polish – the nail polish adds a layer of lacquer which helps with strength, but you can also use paint if you’re working with kiddies.
1. Paint your pasta. I found that gold worked really well because it’s quite similar to the colour of the pasta, so you don’t notice any imperfections. Plus…bling!
To paint the little stars and macaroni, I used a bamboo skewer to hold it while I painted.
2. Let the pasta dry on a plastic take-away container. It will be easy to get off afterwards. Don’t let it dry on paper, it will end up all pulpy.
3. Thread your pasta onto the embroidery thread. To create the chevrons, I threaded the penne pieces onto the thread and then used some nail polish to stick them together so they stay in the chevron shape.
4. If you fancy making a necklace with the little stars, you’ll need an embroidery needle to thread them through because they are quite fiddly.
5. To make a tassel, follow the steps below…
– Wrap the thread around a card.
– Tie a piece of thread around the top to keep the strands together.
– Cut the bottom of the tassel, so it comes off the card.
– Tie another piece of thread around the top to keep it in a bunch. Trim this piece very close to the knot.
6. Voila! 5 macaroni necklaces for 5 fabulous mums. Can you guess who gets each one?
Happy Mother’s Day, mamas! xoxo
PS. don’t eat them or get them wet unless you want to wear a pasta salad!…obvs.
Photography & styling: Emma Scott-Child