DIY: Beaded Emerald Green Statement Necklace

I love DIY crafts, I'm just not always so great at getting them done. I had this one in my head ever since I did the previous DIY post which is where I decided to share my fun crafts and how to do them. The thing is that the good craft stores are about a 30 minute drive from my house and with the Pesach holiday shopping and errands I just couldn't go that far. There is actually a decent crafts store near my house but they don't always have every single thing I need so I just skipped going there. Yesterday I was nearby that store and I decided to just take a look and see if they had what I needed and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they did. Another thing about DIY crafts is that what's in my head doesn't always translate to what the finished result is. For example with this one I had planned to make 3 lines of beads and then ended up liking 2 better and also I imagined the wire being a lot thinner and alot more bendable to twist. I ended up with something very different then I imagined to begin with but it ended up being exactly what I wanted it to be after all. 

I feel like a statement necklace is all you really need to take any outfit to the next level sometimes and therefore I have many of them. They can sometimes cost $50 or more though so a less expensive alternative is always something I'd like to explore! You can create a stunner like this that can transition any outfit from boring to bold. Also you can easily personalize this project by simply switching up the bead size and color or the color of the ribbon.  Let's get started! 

What you will need: A) Assorted Beads in different colors and sizes: I chose emerald and clear ones in a few different sizes. B) Memory Wire Necklace to Put The Beads on. C) 3 In 1 Jewelry Pliers- These ones can trim, bend and straighten etc. D) White Ribbon- 2-3" or more in size depending on preference. 

1. Set up the pattern you would like as you add the beads to the wire by mixing colors and sizes. You need to make two rows for this specific necklace and the second one which will be the first row should have less beads then the other so that they sit together comfortably.  

Step 2: Trim the end piece if your wire has it as you will not be needing it. 

Step 3: Take both rows of beads and wrap the end wires around each other using the pliers and your fingers to do so if you have a tough wire. 

Step 4: Add 1 more bead right above the enclosure as it gives a pretty look and helps keep it closed off as well.

Step 5: Curve the ends inward so that you will have somewhere to tie the ribbon onto and we will tuck it in or trim it later.  

Step 6: Cut two even pieces of the white ribbon for tying the necklace at the back of the neck.  

Step 7: Lay the ribbon out over the necklace to see where you want to tie it.  

Step 8: Tie the ribbon tightly around the piece that curved in pulling it very tightly to avoid it sliding off. 

Step 8: You'll want to have one ribbon tied to each end. Also tuck or trim away any pieces of extra wire that are poking out at this point.

10. Put the necklace around your neck and tie it to see if it fits well. You may want it to hang a little higher or a little lower- now is the time to cut the ribbon to you liking. I originally started off with wearing it higher up but ended up tying it so I could wear it a bit lower in the end. Once you are pleased with the length tie the ends at the back of your neck pulling tightly if you can get it over your head without untying it. Otherwise you'll want to leave it a little looser. I pulled mine super tight because I wanted it to stay closed and I put it over my head and wore it lower.  

So what do you think of it? Would you wear a necklace like this? Would you put the time into making it or would you rather buy one like it to avoid the trouble?

Let me know in the comments form below I love to hear from you!!

If there is one tip I can give it's to think out each detail before purchasing your crafts, a well planned out project will cut down on the time and effort you'll have to put in later. Also, I think I will try this with elastic string next time as I'm not totally sure that wire was a perfect choice. 

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