How to Make a Necklace with 4 Simple & Inexpensive Supplies

I saw a leather and beaded necklace at Anthropologie a few weeks ago.  I love Anthropologie stuff but the price tag was way too steep for something that I could easily make at home.  Today, I’ll show you how to make a necklace that is similar for just a fraction of the cost!

How to Make a Necklace with 4 Simple & Inexpensive Supplies4 simple supplies needed to make your own leather and bead necklace:

How to Make a Necklace with 4 Simple & Inexpensive Supplies 2How to make a necklace – Anthro style:


Using scissors, cut the leather bracelet band down the middle.

leather-and-bead-necklace-1Cut an 18-20 inch strand of beading thread and attach the needle. Bead 7 inches of the beading thread with seed beads from the strand, leaving 2-3 inches of thread open at the end.

Tip: Beading needles are thin and flexible. You can usually work them through the seed beads while they are still on their original strand, then cut the original strand when you have enough beads on your thread. This will save you time “fishing” for loose beads.

Once you have your first 7 inches beaded, work the beading needle through one half of the cut leather bracelet and tie a knot.

leather-and-bead-necklace-3With the thread still attached, bead another 7 inches of seed beads onto the remainder of the bead thread.

leather-and-bead-necklace-4Work the beading needle through the second half of the cut leather bracelet, then tie it off using the 2-3 inches of open thread you left at the beginning.  It looks best if you put the needle through the front of your leather, so the knots will be at the back. Snip off the excess bead thread once your beaded strands are securely knotted.  Repeat this process two additional times, so you end up with 6 strands of seed beads total.

leather-and-bead-necklace-5There you have it! How to make a necklace–Anthropologie style–for a fraction of the cost.


About Rena

Rena Tang (aka the cheese thief) is a wife, mother, programmer and lover of all things creative. She especially loves to make unique, cute, simple and inexpensive things from everyday items. You can check out her ideas and tutorials at


  1. JaneEllen says

    This is such a great beautiful necklace. Your tutorial is very good and easy to understand. I’m a person that needs to see how things are done to be able to make it, duh, lol. I love the look of the beads and the leather band. What a clever way to put them together, brilliant. Thanks for sharing a great project. I have lots of beads, just need to get some of those nice leather bands. Happy summer


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