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Fashionable & Thrifty

I recently went to a craft fair and found the cutest charms! They were little square maps enclosed in glass and the vendor was charging around $50.00 a piece just for the charm…it didn’t even include a chain! I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much! I thought the idea was so perfect though, because how fun would it be to wear your town around your neck?

I wanted one so bad and I also wanted to give them as Christmas gifts! I remembered that I had seen necklace making items at Hobby Lobby and decided I would go there and see if I could make those necklaces myself.

Guess what…I found everything I needed for around twelve dollars…not including the maps. I was elated!

For the maps, I went online to each states visitor’s page and ordered a physical map to be mailed to my home (they were free!) Then I had to wait and wait and wait and wait for them to come in the mail and I started to get worried I wouldn’t receive them before Christmas. So I ended up getting a U.S. road maps book at Walmart for around seven dollars and my Florida map ended up arriving in time (way to go Sunshine State!) I’m actually still waiting to receive Virginia and Tennessee. (What’s the hold up here?)

I took the glass piece and laid it on the map in the area I wanted to showcase, outlined it with a pencil, cut it out, stuck it in the glass and voila! The charm was made! I actually picked two places for each necklace because the necklace is two sided, so I stuck the maps back to back before I enclosed them.

Side one

The chain, on the other hand, was a bit of a booger. Luckily I have a very sweet husband who sat with me, cut the chains and helped me connect them with little metal rings. It was a pain and I got one connected correctly…one! I’m such a wimp! My husband connected the other 5. (he’s a keeper).

I am so proud of the end product and I love how personal each necklace is. Each person I gave them to has a special place in their heart for the locations featured on their necklaces. It’s just so unique! I kind of want to make one for everyone I know!

Let me know if you try this and how it goes!

Side Two

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