Darn you Pinterest for making me want to try every single DIY craft I come across on your website. Seriously. Now that I can finally access (and use) my craft table in the “croftice” (croftice = the word I made up for my craft room/office) I want to try making everything I see on Pinterest. Saturday morning, I woke up about 8:30, had some coffee, picked up paint samples from Home Depot, then spent about 2 hours browsing the aisles of my local Hobby Lobby. And by the way, Hobby Lobby is the place to be on Saturday mornings. Anyway, I bought enough stuff to crank out several different projects including bracelets, necklaces, a swimsuit cover up, a roman shade, mending one of my broken cross-body purses, and last but certainly not least, learning how to use my sewing machine.
The first project that I tackled was a DIY braided bead necklace, inspired by a post on the ECAB blog, which I stumbled upon while “pinning” one day. The tutorial can be found here, along with a ton of other nifty ideas! When I first saw this necklace, I thought to myself “I can totally make that”. What I didn’t know was that this necklace would frustrate me to the point of finishing a bottle of wine before I finished the necklace. Okay, not the whole bottle, but I did take a wine break in the middle of thie project. Here’s the scoop:
My Hobby Lobby store was a little picked over on Saturday morning in the jewelry/bead section. Perhaps it was due to the 50% sale on beads? Whatever the reason, I was able to find what I needed to make the braided bead necklace, but I had to be slightly creative. I could only find packs of solid colored beads in gold, silver, and white, so I bought 4 packs of multi-colored beads and picked out the turquoise ones that I wanted to use. I don’t know what upholstery thread looks like, so I just found some gray nylon thread because nylon is supposed to be good thread (I think?). I also couldn’t find a 22″ chain, so I bought two smaller chains, which were on clearance, and joined them together make a longer chain. The necklace hardware (jump rings, bead tips, and clasps) all came in packs of like 10+ but didn’t cost more than $2.99/pack.
I followed the tutorial on ECAB step by step (minus the accidental bead spill that happened as I was threading my last strand of beads – hence the wine break) and my finished product looks like this:
Boom! Braided Bead Necklace! And a doggy in the background. I think Slyder channels his inner Waldo when I start snapping pictures, because he is always in my pictures but manages to be slightly incognito. Silly dog.