Updated on March 2, 2023
Rainbow Bridge Necklace. Learn how to make a beautiful necklace in memory of your beloved pet who has crossed the rainbow bridge.
Last year I lost my sweet cat, Tigger. He was 17 years old and had battled kidney disease for over a year. Both my daughter and I had a really hard time with his loss, so I wanted to create something to memorialize him for both of us.
I decided a sweet way to remember him would be to create a rainbow bridge necklace in honor of our dear Tigger.
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What is the Rainbow Bridge?
You may be unfamiliar with the term rainbow bridge. It is thought to be the place that connects heaven and earth as a place where grieving pet owners will reunite with their beloved pets.
According to the poems and stories, when a pet dies, it goes to a meadow to wait to be reunited with its owner. The pet is free from any health ailments and can play and run to its heart’s content.
Did you know there is even a Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day on August 28?
How to Make a Rainbow Bridge Necklace
- Necklace Chain
- Rainbow Charm
- Angel Charm
- Letter Charm
- Paw Charm
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Jump Rings (to match the color of the necklace and/or charms)
This necklace is easy enough to make even if you have limited jewelry-making skills.
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You can create your own necklace using a chain and clasps. This is a great way to make the necklace exactly how long you want it. However, if you are new to jewelry making, you can find many pre-assembled necklace options at your local craft store.
Depending on the charms you choose, you may be able to string them directly onto the necklace with an attached jump ring.
If your charms do not have a jump ring or have a different type of clasp, you can easily add them to your necklace.
For example, my rainbow came with a lobster clasp.
Open the jump ring attached to the clasp and remove it. To do this, use two pairs of pliers. Grab the jump ring on either side of where it splits, and then twist it open away from you.
While I had the jump ring open, I added the letter T charm to the rainbow so they would be one piece.
Making your own necklace allows you to customize it to have the most meaning for you and your pet. Below, I have included some ideas for different charms you could add to your necklace.
And if you want to honor more than one pet that you have lost, a charm bracelet could be a wonderful alternative to a necklace to add even more special charms.
Ideas for Rainbow Bridge Charms:
- Angel or Angel Wings
- Letter for Pet’s Name
- Paw Print
- Cat Charms
- Dog Charms
- Horse Charm
- Special Word – Love, Family, Faith, etc.
- Bottle with some of your pet’s ashes
- Number – pet’s age or year they passed
Team Creative Crafts – Pet Crafts
This craft is part of Creative Crafts Pet Edition. Creative Crafts is a series hosted by Me and My INKlings, Creatively Beth, and Artsy Fartsy Mama. Some of your favorite crafters come together to create crafts around a specific theme! Check the posts below for more pet craft ideas.
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- Creatively Beth – Free Animal Masks to Print and Color
- Smiling Colors – How to Draw a Dog
- Sunshine and Munchkins – Punny Animal Bookmarks
- Little Dove – Disney Animals as SVG Files
- 5 Little Monsters – Pet Finger Puppets Playset
- Creatively Beth – DIY Personalized Pet Bandana
- Artsy Fartsy Mama – Paracord Dog Collars
- Me and My INKlings – Recycled Water Bottle Dog Toy
- Liz on Call – Crazy Cat Lady
- Crafting Cheerfully – Layered Paper Mandala Dog Print Frame
- Ginger Snap Crafts – Personalized Dog Bandana
- Polka Dotted Blue Jay – Puppy Party Cupcake Toppers
- Homemade Heather – Crocheted Dog Bed with Free Pattern
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