Inexpensive plastic chain and rope from the hardware store can be used to create these cool, bright, and inexpensive necklaces.


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Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!


With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”


Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.


As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.



When I heard that Rit Dye launched a new product called Rit DyeMore that would dye synthetic materials I just had to try it out!  It’s every bit as cool as I had hoped, you can actually dye many plastics and other synthetic materials now!  The results are bright and fun.  There are so many new possibilities.  I have a feeling my craft projects are going to be a little bit more colorful from now on!

To learn more about dyeing visit

Rit DyeMore can be found on Amazon or

This project is from my Summer 2015 issue!

You will need:

Rit DyeMore in the colors of your choice

white plastic chain

polyesther rope

craft saw or wire snips

  1. prepare the dye bath on the stovetop as stated in the DyeMore instructions on the bottle.
  2. place the length of chain in the dye bath and dye it a uniform deep color.
  3. bundle up your rope and dip dye parts of the rope to give it a lovely uneven watercolor effect.
  4. allow both the chain and rope to dry completely.
  5. cut two lengths of rope the desired length of your necklace. I made mine long.
  6. cut your chain about 4-6 inches shorter then your rope.
  7. weave each of the two pieces of rope in and out of the chain links.
  8. tie the ends of the rope into a knot and trim excess rope.
  9. wear and enjoy!


Rit DyeMore will work on most synthetic materials.  I experimented with many different items to find materials that took the color best.  It’s such a fun process!

Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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