Creative Everyday ~ An Easy Necklace

In addition to painting, I usually have a few creative projects going on at any given time. I thought maybe it would be fun to start sharing some of them with you. Maybe you’ll get inspired to add a little more creativity into your days too.

I spend a lot of time in art stores and craft stores and sometimes I just see things that inspire a project. Like the other day I saw these wooden beads. I am such a sucker for wooden jewelry (and turquoise jewelry, and silver jewelry…. okay any kind of jewelry). I decided to try my hand at making a necklace so here’s how I did it:

I decided to make it with embroidery thread. I had seen a necklace made with embroidery thread before and I loved the idea because they have every color under the sun. Plus, they are $.35 a piece so you really can’t go wrong if you make a mistake or don’t like the color. I used 6 different colors. You’ll also need a big plastic needle to thread the beads.

I also picked up a packet of these little metal beads to add some detail.

First, measure out about 60 inches of thread. I used 6 strands, one of each color. Then thread the first bead on and position it in the center of the necklace.

Tie a couple of big knots on both sides of your bead. Make sure and tie a double knot, one on top of the other, so that you have one big knot.

Do the same with a metal bead. Then another wooden bead and so on. Starting at the middle bead, go up one side and then the other so it is centered on the necklace.

I used a total of 7 wooden beads and 8 metal beads. When I finished threading the beads I just tied the two ends in a knot. I’m sure if you wanted to get fancy, you could add a clasp but mine was long enough to just fit over my head and I didn’t really want to be bothered with more work so I just tied it into a very tight, very strong knot.

Voilá!! I’ve already worn it a few times and I love it. I think in total it cost me around $9. Super cute, super fun and super EASY!




  1. Sue on June 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I just love it! I’m a sucker for a good craft project. Thanks for adding to my creative project list!

    • DeAnne Olguin Williamson on June 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Yay for creative projects.

  2. Shahrul Niza on June 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Deanne, this necklace is SUPER FABULOUS!. You just inspired me to make one 🙂 or maybe a rather simpler one. TFS!

    • DeAnne Olguin Williamson on June 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

      So glad you were inspired!!

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