I always like to give my wardrobe a little update when seasons change, and one of my favorite ways to punch things up is by adding some new jewelry pieces to my collection. It’s amazing what a new necklace, bracelet or scarf can to do create an entirely different look with items I have owned for ages! Today, I’m sharing a new wood bead necklace I made to wear throughout the fall months. These necklaces are a simple, fun project that I can make inexpensively, allowing me to have 3-4 new pieces instead of a single piece purchased ready-made! I also love that this is a project that is totally do-able even for jewelry-making novices. (I promise!) Let me fill you in on all the details.
For this project, you will need..
- Assorted wood beads
- 5-6 statement beads (optional)
- Rat tail cording
- Cord end caps
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Jump rings
- Toggle clasp
- Ribbon (optional)
Cut a length of the cording that is the length you want your necklace to be. (I cut mine to 16″.) Attach one of the cord end caps to one end of the cording piece.
Thread the beads onto the cording in your desired configuration, mixing the wood beads with the statement beads, if using. Continue adding beads until 1/4″ or so of cording remains on the opposite end.
Affix another cord end cap to the remaining raw end of the cording. Using the need-nosed pliers, affix the toggle clasp pieces to the end cap pieces, connecting each with a jump ring.
If desired, tie a small bow along the side of the necklace, as shown.
Your wood bead necklace is complete!
This same technique would also be perfect for creating a matching bracelet. How great would a matching set be as a gift for someone special?
Thanks so much for sharing a part of your day with me today. If you’re in the mood to create even more fun accessory projects, I hope you’ll stay a while longer to check out these other ideas!
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.