Quiet Lion Creations by Allison Beth Cooling: Anthro Plucked Petals Necklace


Anthro Plucked Petals Necklace

This colorful necklace caught my eye.
The little petals reminded me of paint chips; and guess what?
I had a bunch of unused ones laying around. Instant DIY.
This is a great tutorial that uses a recycled product, the paint chips; don't throw everything away! You can make great stuff with things you'd throw in the trash!

You can make this in any color combination you want.

You can also use gold or silver wire, to customize the look!

A definite statement necklace! Sort of bird-of-a-feather meets handmade-chic. 
Make multiples in different colors to go with every outfit!

Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are paint chips, scissors, lacquer, pliers, jumprings, chain and thick wire (not sure what gauge, it doesn't totally matter either. Just make sure it's not too bendable).

Step 2: Cut your petals. Cut a template out of another paint chip. My petals measured a little less than 1" long, but you can make yours any size you want. 

Trace your template on your paint chip underside, and then cut. I used 5 different colors. I cut and used about 16 petals. 

Step 3: Take your wire, cut about 4". Loop one end with pliers, bend into a U shape, and loop the other side. Depending on how big you want your pendant, and how many petals you want, you can cut less or more of the wire. Poke holes through the top of the paint chips. Quickly coat the chips with a thin layer of gloss, for shine and protection.
 Let dry, then use jumprings to attach petals to wire holder. 
Add your chain to the ends of your wire pendant, attaching with more jumprings. 

A wide array of cool colors!

All photos and instructions copyright Allison Cooling for Quiet Lion Creations.
If you share/use/post this tutorial, please link back to me. It is much appreciated!


  1. I loved it!
    I´m from Brazil. How can I get "paint chips"?
    Thank you

  2. this is soo pretty! I pinned it and hope to find the time to make it soon!

  3. Larissa:
    You could also use thick cardstock to make the petals if you don't have paint chips!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing. This is really cute. Can't wait to make one.


  5. I don't think we can get paint ship in the UK either, so I was thinking that if cardstock is used, embossing it will make it even nicer :)

  6. what about the backside where the print is? do you glue 2 together or just leave it with the print on it?

  7. I just left it how it is, they lay flat so you don't see the print.

  8. You are a genius! Adorethis..gotta go...headed to the paint store!

  9. Wonder if I could gloss first, then cut out?? Also think I will spray paint gold, silver etc., on back for more finished look!

  10. AUjewel - that is a great idea. Spray painting the back is genius! Love it!
    If you make the necklace, take a pic and post to instagram (if you have an account) and tag me @quietlioncreations and I will repost it!

  11. Finally getting around to making this in pastels, on silver, that I spay painted on backs of cards. Did several sizes of leaves, but they all just clump together and will not lie flat. Help!! Are my jump rings too large, my wire too small I am hanging them on?

    1. They will clump together somewhat, but should lay straight .You may be using jump rings that are too small - if they are too tight on the wire and can't move freely they will buckle. Try with larger jump rings. Then, try adding more leaves (or making your wire shorter) to fill out the wire completely.
      Do you have Instagram or a Twitter?! If you finish the necklace, post a pic on either one of those and tag me (insta @quietlioncreations) (twitter= @TheQuietLion1) I'd love to see it, and I'll repost you! Let me know how it goes.