Thursday, December 19, 2013

{DIY Winter Princess Pearl Necklace}

Hey, y'all!  We are soooo close to Christmas!  I have most of my shopping done, but I will admit there are a few people I still need to buy gifts.  One of the perks of being a crafter, though, is that I can makes gifts for some of the people on my Christmas list.  I love making gifts for people when possible because I feel like I get more "bang for my buck."  I can make something beautiful that doesn't cost a lot of money.  At Christmastime, saving money when possible is AWESOME!  So today I want to share a tutorial for a necklace that really couldn't be easier to make, and if you'll stay with me until the end of the post, I'll be sharing projects from #MyFavoriteBloggers as well!  Without further ado, here's my DIY Winter Princess Pearl Necklace.
When I go to the craft store, I like to wander down the bead aisle for pretty baubles.  Recently I was at Michaels, and the beads were on sale.  These pretty beauties caught my eye.
To make your own Winter Princess Necklace, you will need a strand of each of the beads above, the rhinestone toggle closure, beading wire, crimp beads, and a crimp tool.
Begin by cutting a length of beading wire the desired length of your necklace plus several inches.  Thread a crimp bead on the end of the wire, and then thread the wire through one piece of your toggle closure.  Loop the end of the wire back through your crimp bead and use your crimp tool to close the crimp bead.  (If you're a jewelry making beginner, you can find tutorials online for using a crimp tool and crimp bead if you need extra help.)
 Then you simply thread your beads on the wire.  When you finish threading your beads, you repeat the process you used at the beginning to attach the other piece of the toggle closure to the end of your necklace.  Once you've done that, your necklace is finished.  (I told you it was really easy to make one of these!)
The pearls and the rhinestones look so lovely together.
I have the perfect person in mind to give this necklace, and I know she's going to love it!  If you need more easy-to-make jewelry inspiration, check out my other jewelry tutorials {HERE}.
Now onto #MyFavoriteBloggers…
These lovely ladies are some of my favorite people!  They are from left to right, top to bottom: Sky from Creative Capital B, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, Amy from One Artsy Mama, ChiWei from 1 Dog Woof, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, Kadie from Seven Alive, Me, Kara from Happy Go Lucky, Lauren from Thinking Closet, Tara from Suburble, Nancy from Do Small Things with Love, Meredith Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, and Kirsten from One Tough Mother
This month we've teamed up to bring you fourteen winter crafts and recipes.
14 Winter Crafts and Recipes from #MyFavoriteBloggers--Great inspiration!
Peppermint Sugar Cookie Snowman, Zippered Snowflake Pouch, Crocheted Winter Gnome, Crocheted Snowflake Pattern, Winter Princess Pearl Necklace, Safety Pin Ice Skates, 15 Winter Boredom Busters for Kids, Winter Party Favors, Gold-Brushed Pine Cone Ornaments, Winter Gift in a Jar, Candy Swirl Winter Centerpiece, Egg Nog Cookies, Easy Beaded Snowflakes, DIY Christmas Trees
I hope you'll check out some of the awesome inspiration above, especially since many of the crafts and recipes can be made after the Christmas holiday.  (That's great since Christmas is less than a week away!)  Happy crafting, friends!


  1. So beautiful! Whenever I walk down the bead aisle in Michaels, I get overwhelmed...I never know what to buy or what I need!

  2. so pretty. i wish we were neighbors :)

  3. I would love to get such a gorgeous necklace for Christmas. And yup, I'm a jewelry beginner and had no idea about these crimp beads. I think when I made a necklace, I sat there and tie little knots while wondering how on earth everyone else did it. Yay for learning something new!

  4. This is gorgeous, Bethany! You have such a lovely knack for jewelry! I'd be thrilled to wear this!

  5. Gorgeous! I NEED to try making jewelry! Thanks for inspiring me!


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