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MAKE IT // Painted Bead & Leather Necklace

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Things I'm trying to get better at:
1) Making my bed every morning. (Today = fail.)
2) Calling my grandparents at least once a month. (This month = success!)
3) Wearing jewelry.

I've never been a big jewelry person. It's not that I don't like it, I usually just forget to put it on before I'm scrambling out the door for my next appointment. Lately though, my goal has been to buy more of it, make more of it, and wear more of it. Jewelry is the extra spice an outfit needs to go from good to great.

So, when I stumbled across this DIY necklace idea on A Beautiful Mess, I knew right away that I wanted to make one too. I made a few edits to their original idea (I added glitter, weee!) but in essence, the instructions are the same. 

So, here are the supplies I used (it can all be found at your local craft store):

First, I painted all the beads with metallic gold paint.

Then I took half, sprayed them with adhesive, and rolled them in glitter. When they were dry, I shook off the excess.

 I placed the beads onto the leather cord, in an alternating pattern (glitter, gold, glitter, gold...) To push the leather cord through the holes on the bead, I had to wrap tape around one end of the cord. I don't know why that helped... but it did.

To keep the beads in place, I tied little knots on either end of my alternating pattern. I then tied a bow for the clasp. And... done. The whole process took me 30 minutes. Easiest DIY ever!

If you try it, let me know how it goes! I'm thinking I'll make some as summer birthday gifts for my friends. :)


  1. oh Alison, i absolutely love your take on Elsie's idea! there have been many attempts i've seen around with similar ideas but this one is amazing!!!! honestly girl, your photography is ace too. adore the sparkle, every girl needs more of that goodness :)

    happy mid-week bliss! xo ♥


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