Thursday, January 16, 2014

DIY Tutorial: Multi-Colored Beaded Necklace

Hello everyone, I hope the start of your New Year has been everything that you've hoped so far! Today I'm posting the tutorial on how to make the Multi-Colored Beaded Necklace that I made in my previous post.  Here are the steps on how to make one yourself!

Step 1. 
Collect/find your items. This is the most fun part in my opinion.  If you've ever been a crafter you know what I mean when I say the notorious, "random bobble box."  It's that box (or boxes) where you keep all your random, pretty, things that you've found over the years and think you might use one day.  Well now's your time to go through it!  Take out whatever looks visually interesting to you.  

If you don't have a random bobble box - no worries!  Wal-Mart has an incredible $1 bead bin that has all sort of things you can use.  You can also take apart old costume jewelry, or go to the clearance jewelry section and buy a cheap necklace to deconstruct and use for parts.  For this necklace I used a plethora of random beads, old necklaces I took apart, and a few of those glass stones that are put in outside gardens.  You can use anything! 

Step 2. 
Now's your time to start laying out your pattern on a piece of felt and choose where you want your items to go.  There's no right or wrong way to do this, just play around with what looks pleasing to you.  

 Step 3:  
Once you have a basic, solid idea of what you want your necklace to look like, outline the shape with a chalk pencil.  
Step 4.  
Next start gluing down your objects using a strong fabric glue. 

 Step 5.  
Once your bead are glued down into place you can cut out your design (leave a few extra centimeters around all the edges).  Now if you'd like, you can outline your design with a row of fun colored seedbeds for a finished look. You can make as many rows as you want (I did two).

Tip:  Instead of sewing each bead one by one, I put a bunch of them onto the thread so there's already a long strand of beads.  Then I sewed that string of beads onto the edges.  This makes the process go much faster and it looks more polished than sewing each bead one by one. 

Step 6,  
Now carefully cut off the extra felt.


Step 7.
The very last thing to do is attach a ribbon or chain to the backside of the necklace.  If you already have a necklace that you took apart and it has a chain with a clasp already attached that makes it even easier for you!  I decided to use ribbon so I'll be sewing that onto the back.  If your ribbon is the kind that frays take a lighter or clear finger nail polish and go over the cut edges so it won't unravel.  


Tada!  It took some time, but you now have your very own handmade necklace!  You can makes these in variations of sizes and styles.  I think it's fun to make the design look random, but you can make it more symmetrical and organized if you like.  It's whatever comes out of your imagination now!  If you make a necklace be sure to send me the link - I'd love to see your own creation!  



12 comments:

  1. Oh wow that is very pretty! I don't think I would have the patience though haha.

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  2. That's gorgeous! I love this idea, think I might try it. :)

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial! This is such a cute necklace!

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  4. very very pretty. and awesome tutorial!

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  5. this is so pretty! i'll surely be trying to do something like this at some point:-) xx

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  6. Wow, just stunning Esther! I'm gonna make an attempt next semester, when I find time ; )
    But, just a question but do you think it's easier when you cut your felt before you sew the last string of beads on the edge? Isn't it tricky to cut because of the threading?

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    1. Oh yay, I'm so happy that you're going to make one! I understand about waiting for more time during school - that's why I waited till break. haha.
      To answer your question - for myself it was easier to cut the felt afterwards because I wasn't sure if I wanted a second string of beads or not. I didn't want to cut too short and wish later that I had more room. If you think cutting first would be easier though, I don't think the order matters too much. If you try it let me know how it works for you!

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  7. THANK YOU for making a tutorial! I love your idea. I'm thinking I might make a Peter Pan collar, then bead it as per your instructions.

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  8. Those are super neat. What a great idea! My pastors wife used to make something a little like this, though not quite. was very inspired by this, thanks for sharing!

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