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DIY Unicorn Necklace: How to Use Hairline Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl

There are so many uses for heat transfer vinyl. From home décor projects to custom fashion pieces, but have you ever thought about using it to create jewelry? Well, I have you covered! This DIY unicorn necklace with gold hairline glitter heat transfer vinyl is a great way to create unique jewelry. I paired the gorgeous gold heat transfer vinyl with felt to make my unicorn necklace. The vinyl is so pretty and shimmers once it’s applied to the felt. The embroidery floss gives the unicorn extra detail and adds to the overall cuteness of this project!

If you're ready to expand your heat transfer vinyl crafts, watch the below video to see how you too can make a DIY unicorn necklace with gold hairline glitter heat transfer vinyl!

Here are the supplies you will need:

Step 1: Open up the DIY unicorn necklace project cut file. To use the Hairline Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl, click “Make it”. Select “Glitter Iron On” with more cutting pressure if using a Cricut Maker, “Heat Transfer + with double cut” for all other Cricut Machines, or “Heat Transfer, Glitter with double cut” if using a Silhouette.

Step 2: Place the vinyl on the cutting mat with the glitter/liner side facing down.

Step 3: Add it to your Cricut (or Silhouette) machine to cut.

Step 4: Weed the negative and cut off the tail and mane.

Step 5: Heat up your EasyPress (or iron) to 270 degrees. Place it on the felt piece for 5 seconds. Add the unicorn design and heat for 30 seconds. Then, place a Teflon sheet over the design and heat for an additional 10 seconds. After a minute, remove the liner.

Step 6: Cut flush around the unicorn. Then, place it on top of the felt, trace around just the torso, and cut it out.

Step 7: Punch a hole in the top of the unicorn. Place the extra piece of felt on the back of the unicorn and align it with the hole. Then, punch through the existing hole to make a hole in the back piece of felt.

Step 8:  Cut 3 different colors of embroidery thread all measuring 24 inches. While holding all 3 pieces together, wrap them around your fingers twice. Cut the bottom. Then, slide the thread off of your finger (making sure to keep the loops in place), cut a 2.5 inch piece of thread, tie it around the bottom of the loops you made, and tie a knot. Then, trim the ends as close to the knot as you can and cut the loops at the top. You’ll need to make a total of 5 of these “tassels”. These will be for the mane and tail.

Step 9: Flip the unicorn over and add a dot of hot glue. Place the end of one tassel in the glue and press down. Add 2 more tassel to finish off the mane.

Step 10: Add a dot of glue to the back of the unicorn and place a tassel on top. Add another tassel next to it to create the tail.

Step 11:  Trim the mane by starting at the bottom and angling up. This will create the look of a real mane.

Step 12: Add glue to the back of the extra piece of felt and align it on the back of the unicorn (use the holes to help you). This will cover the knots and keep everything in place. Then, trim the tail (if needed).

Step 13: Open up a jump ring, slide it through the hole in the unicorn, place your chain inside, and use the jewelry pliers to close the jump ring.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY unicorn necklace with gold hairline glitter heat transfer vinyl project. I think it’s such a fun way to expand the uses of heat transfer vinyl. This technique can be used with any shape or object– you could even make some earrings instead of a necklace. Just think of the fun you’ll have using all of your heat transfer vinyl (especially the gold hairline glitter!) to make unique jewelry pieces!

About the Author

Meghan Quinones

Meghan lives in Chicago with husband and 4 year old twins. She is obsessed with making and creating for the look for less. Pretty much every decor piece in her home is something she either made or upcycled. She started her blog to inspire everyone who visits her online creative space to create in their own lives.