The Beaded Lady – Pinterest Challenge

About two weeks ago, I saw this adorable necklace over at Cupcakes and Cashmere.  I immediately thought “oo, that’s pretty” followed by a “hey, I can do that”.  So I pinned it.  Then of course, the Summer Pinterest Challenge popped up again and it was the perfect excuse to try this out.

Emily has a great tutorial over on her blog, which is what I used when it came to DIYing my own necklaces.

I couldn’t figure out what wire to use got creative and decided to buy floral wire.  It was the same size as one of the wire options (there were two or three) but I could get a whole lot more for a whole lot less.  Look at me being thrifty.  I also grabbed a silver chain and some purple beads.  I maybe spent around $7.50 on the materials (I can’t give you the exact amount since my receipt has faded… go figure).

After some work, I had my own necklace!  Imagine m edging a little dance to celebrate.  I don’t have any “in-progress” steps from this necklace because snapping photos while I was trying to make this happen wasn’t the easiest thing to do.

I wore this necklace for a couple of days but it didn’t quite seem like me.  There weren’t  a lot of beads to choose from at Michaels by me… especially when I compare the selection to a bead shop I used to go to in high school.

Yes, I totally shopped at a local bead shop in high school.  I also used to make hemp necklaces.  If only I had known back then that I was destined to craft forever…

Anyway, on our trip to Richmond, Joe and I stopped in Bangles & Beads.  He definitely wins the awesome husband award since we were in there for at least 30 minutes (*cough*probablylonger*cough*) but the AC definitely helped!  There were so many options that it was hard to choose but I finally decided on a set of a fun red-orange beads and a set of larger, white beads.  The grand total was a whopping $7.09 (with tax!).

I did my best to capture a better play-by-play when it came to making my second and third necklaces.

The first thing I did was figure out how long I wanted the chain to be.  I made it long enough that I could pull it over my head (i.e.. no clasps because I am not at that level yet, nor do I have the proper tools) and then cut it using our needle nose pliers.  Not the fanciest tool but it does get the job done.  In fact, it’s the same tool I used when it comes to making those custom wire hangers.  Just be sure to take off that last link that’s broken.

Then it was time to string up the beads on the floral wire.  I made my wire twice the size of what I needed because one, I had so much and two, I wanted to make sure I had enough wire to wrap around.

This is a close up from my first necklace but it lets you see what I did.  Basically, I just looped the wire through the last chain link and then wrapped one side around the other.  I used the pliers to make sure it was tight so the wire wouldn’t snag on any of my clothes.  This was the most annoying part of the process but once you get the hang of it, it’s not too bad.

Before I knew it, I had two necklaces ready to go.  I love them!  Red definitely isn’t my go-to color but I do love the pop of color it adds to my outfits.  The white is great because it goes with everything… plus it’s perfect for Summer.  They’re pretty bold pieces and part of that is because the beads are so much larger than what was used in my pinspiration (a word I just added to my computer’s dictionary).  If you want something a little more delicate, then I would recommend going with something on the smaller side.


I wore them yesterday and I even got a few compliments on them which is pretty cool considering I whipped these up on Sunday afternoon.

So now I wanna know - what did you choose to do for the Pinterest Challenge!?   Anyone else out there dabbled with jewelry??

If you wanna check out what other people have made, check out:
Sherry at Young House Love
Katie at Bower Power
Kate at Censational Girl
Michelle at Ten June

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  • Melanie @ Mailbox Journey

    Those are really cute! I don’t really wear jewelry, but I’d wear those necklaces. :)

  • annabelvita

    Lovely! The red and white beads look really similar to the buttons I used on that old cardigan I changed the buttons on – i should totally make matching necklaces… hmm, might be too much?!

    • Kristen

      I think it would be perfect!

  • Ashleigh

    They are lovely, well done xox

  • Amy@BuffaloRoam

    VERY pretty! I love the simple design feel of them. I’d totally wear them. :)

  • Brooke @ Inside-Out Design

    These are so pretty!! I need to make myself some cute jewelry too!

  • Kelly@Cornerofmain

    Those turned out really cute! I have TONS of beads…I always buy them, but never seem to make anything out of them. I need to get moving and make something cute like this! Thanks for sharing =)
    PS-the new look of the blog looks great!

    • Kristen

      Thank you! And definitely give this project a go – it’s surprisingly easy!

  • Whitney @ drab to fab design

    I really love the wire!! You could so many variations of beads. So Cool!

  • Ainhoa

    I love it! I don’t usually wear jewelry but I love having tons of it haha.

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    Those are so cute! I love them! I’m not super into jewelry, but I’ve been trying to incorporate it into my wardrobe a bit more lately.

  • michelle@decorandthedog

    I’m kind of obsessed with Cupcakes and Cashmere. I loved that necklace. Glad to know it’s easy to make!!

  • Lisa @ Our Home From Scratch

    Looks great! I too was a beader in highschool :)

    • Kristen

      It’s good knowing I’m not alone in that! :)

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