January 29, 2012

DIY bead necklace in 5 easy steps

One of my absolute favourite blogs is ...Love Maegan, especially her DIY features. I saw THIS post in which she created a bead and chiffon necklace and I just had to give it a try. This is how it turned out, and I must say I quite like it! And I was surprised at how easy and quick it was.


You'll need....

  • Beads - I used some old bead necklace which I bought from Equip for around $3 on sale and never wore because it just didn't sit right. How many and what colour beads you use is up to you.
  • Ribbon or sheer fabric cut into 4cm long strip about 1 meter long. I used a bias cut ribbon from the fabric shop, which was $0.60 a meter. The colour is up to you.
  • Scissors
  • Bead Pusher or a stick, basically something you can use to push the fabric through the tiny hole in the bead. I used a hair pin

How to....

Step 1: Lay down the beads in the style that you want (you may notice that in the end I used less beads than I originally lay down. That's because as I started putting them on the ribbon with with a knot in between, the necklace became too long so I ended up using less beads.
Step 2: Starting from the middle bead, use the pin (or bead pusher) to push the ribbon through the bead. This may cause the ribbon to fray at the edges, but that's fine! It gives it character.
Step 3: Make a knot at each side of the bead
Step 4: Repeat with the rest of the beads working from center out, and making a knot in between the beads.
Step 5: Done! Wear it, love it, marvel at how easy it was to create and make a mental list of other fabrics and beads that you'd like to use for the next DIY venture.

To wear it, just tie it in a bow behind your neck and voila!

Do you DIY???

19 comments :

  1. I used to DIY bracelets and earrings and just stopped for some reason. That's a fab necklace, love the colours :)

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    1. Thanks hun, I know it's kinda amateur but I've got the DIY bug now so no doubt I'll be making more things from now on!

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  2. Good job, that looks so pretty for such an easy project! Hmm tempted to go to the craft store now :)

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    1. I'm so tempted to go back as well and see what else I can find to inspire me! It's very addictive! LOL.

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  3. Beautiful but mostly im staring at your insanely gorgeous ring!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Tali, that I have my husband to thank for. He's got good taste :-)

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  4. wow clear and creative!!!! what a great job!

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  5. Very cute, and so simple to do. Funky handmade pieces gives a bohemian edge to any look.

    Beautiful wedding set, by the way!

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    1. I can't believe how quick and simple it was to do, I'm def doing more of these things! And thanks re the wedding set, I love it as well.

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  6. Love this necklace! I'm all about DIY stuff! I'm going to have to go check out Maegan's blog!

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    1. Oh you'll love her blog, it's a fabulous blog!

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  7. Cute!! It can really go any way it seems. You can choose different materials to go from boho to glam. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks babe, I'm very tempted to get more beads and ribbons and just go crazy with DIY!

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  8. What a fun idea!!! It looks awesome and didn't cost an arm and leg to do. Yes, I love DIYing. In fact, the majority of my wedding planning is involving a ton of DIY projects....

    xo

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