Necklaces are my weak spot. I have SO many necklaces, most of which I’ve made myself. The necklace is my favorite accessory and I love being able to say, “I made it!” when someone compliments my jewelry. With this DIY beaded necklace tutorial, you can proudly say, “I made this!” because you’re sure to get compliments on this bold necklace.
This DIY beaded necklace necklace is called ‘mixed materials’ because that is the main technique/style – it mixes fabric, metal, acrylic and stone. I love mixing materials for any project because it adds texture and depth.
Supplies needed to make your own mixed materials DIY beaded necklace:
- Agate Stone Beads (large stones make great focal points)
- Aqua Blue Acrylic Beads
- Aqua Glass Beads
- Black Acrylic Beads
- Beading Wire or Thread
- 3-in-1 Jewelry Pliers
- 10mm End Caps
- Crimp Beads
- Scrap Fabric and/or Ribbon
- Beading Board
- E-6000 Glue
Don’t let this semi-long supply list worry you – you can make many more projects with these supplies!
Step 1: Cut fabric into three long strips and braid them together. The length depends on how long you want your DIY beaded necklace -I went with 24 inches and a loose braid. I also added a ribbon in to mix up the color a bit. When braiding fabric, I use this trick with the binder clip and it helps a lot!Step 2: Cut off the ends of your braid for a clean edge. Put a little glue into the end cap and quickly work the fabric braid into the end cap. Do this for both sides and allow to dry according to package instructions.
Step 3: I especially love this part – designing the beaded part! I find a beading board to be endlessly useful for this. It allows you to layout your project without committing so you can move things around. And it keeps the beads from sliding around. So play around until you get a style that is ‘you.’Step 4: This is the toughest part of making the necklace and it may take some practice. You place a crimp bead onto a piece of wire/thread (a piece a little longer than the beaded design you’ve laid out), create a loop with the wire going back through the bead and then ‘crimp’ the bead with your pliers.
Step 6: Once you are done stringing, you will repeat Step 4. It’s a little tricky because you want to create the loop as close as possible to the last bead. So you hold the beaded strand up where you can clearly see how much wire you have leftover – you don’t want too much because you need a small, tight loop.
Step 7: Now you use a jump ring (that came with the end caps) to attach the braided fabric to the loop on the beaded strand. Just close it up with the pliers.That’s it for this DIY beaded necklace! Can you imagine the possibilities for this style of necklace? So many colors and materials!