Beads were on sale last week at the craft store, and I admit I may have a bit of a problem. A crafting problem, that is. I think when you go to the craft store to just look around, you know you are pretty obsessed. But I just love making things (as you can see on my blog), and as soon as I saw those pretty beads for half off I decided I needed more fun accessories! These beautiful diy seed bead necklaces are simple to make and look beautiful layered.
Have you been eyeing beautiful seed beads at the store? This super simple diy jewelry project will make a big impact – I just love the pop of gold color blocking! By following the steps below, you can create DIY seed bead necklaces to add to your outfits. I chose to make 4 necklaces so I could layer them or wear them alone. So choose your favorite seed beads and get started!
Materials for DIY Seed Bead Necklaces
- Seed beads in your favorite colors – I used one color plus gold beads for each necklace (If you color block like I did with gold, I only needed one tube of gold seed beads for 4 necklaces, but it depends on how large of a color block section you make)
- Beading thread
- Flexible beading needles (these can be purchased at a craft store, and have a collapsible eye to help it fit through even tiny beads)
- Optional: a small beading mat or piece of felt to keep the beads from scattering while you work with them (I used a piece of pink felt)
- Optional: a small amount of craft glue to reinforce the knot
1. Plan your necklace
The first step is to decide how long you want your necklace to be. If you are planning to make several and layer them, just start with the longest one first. Decide on your length, and leave an extra 1.5 inches of thread on each end for tying the knot later. My longest necklace is 31.25 inches, so I cut the thread to be 34.25 inches to leave extra string on the ends for tying it off.
The method I will show you to make DIY seed bead necklaces is simple so it doesn’t involve any kind of clasp or closure. My necklaces are plenty big that I just put them on over my head, so you’ll want to make sure yours are big enough, too. You wouldn’t want to finish a lovely necklace only to have to redo it because it’s too small!
Cut the beading thread to the desired length and string it through the beading needle. The needles I used had a collapsible eye to help them fit through tiny beads, and it was really easy to string them because of this. Then tie a small knot into the end of the thread, about 1.5 inches from the end, so the beads won’t fall off while you string them.
2. String your seed beads
I used a piece of pink felt as a mat while I beaded my necklaces so the beads wouldn’t scatter. I started with these turquoise blue seed beads until I got closer to the center of the necklace. Then I strung a section of pretty gold seed beads to make a color block effect (if you were wondering, I made the gold bead section 7.5 inches long on my longest necklace that’s 31.25 inches total). I finished off with more of the turquoise beads until I reached the length I wanted for my necklace. You could of course use any colors you want to match your style.
3. Tie it off
When you reach the length you want for your necklace, you should be about 1.5 inches from the end of the string. Tie both ends together in a really good double knot (I used a double knot, then even tied it a third time just for good measure). Then trim off the ends of the string that stick out from the knot, and you’re done! Some people like to dab a tiny amount of craft glue to help keep the knot secure (optional).
4. Make more!
I knew I wanted to layer my seed bead necklaces, and I wanted them to be close in length, with each one successively shorter. I made each necklace using the same method, but I measured them against the first necklace so I could plan out where I wanted each section of colored beads to be.
In the picture below, you can see that I added the turquoise beads and lined it up next to my first necklace so the turquoise would end in a similar place to start the section of gold beads. Then I added gold beads while checking it against the first necklace to keep the gold section similar in length (but slightly shorter since this necklace is a little shorter).
When I finished beading the second necklace, I lined up the two necklaces next to each other one more time before tying the knot and finishing it, just to be sure they would line up the way I wanted. I made 4 necklaces, two with purple and two with turquoise seed beads. This way I can wear them alone or together to add a fun pop of color to my outfits!
These DIY seed bead necklaces turned out even better than I imagined! I love that I can move the gold bead color block to the bottom or off to the side for a different look. They really are a lovely statement accessory, and truly so simple to make! Now I’m off to make more seed bead necklaces, of course…
If you enjoyed this simple DIY project, check out how to make paper clip ribbon bookmarks to add to your journals or books. And the DIY fabric garland is another project that’s simple to make and looks amazing!
What colors do you plan to use in your DIY seed bead necklaces?