How To Make Cardboard Beads

Learn to make a killer statement necklace in 20 minutes using only cardboard and glue!Anndddd I’m back! I made it to the east coast (not entirely to Philly yet), and am so ready to get back to crafting. There’s only so long a girl can be separated from her glue gun, am I right?

Since moving is costing me an arm and a leg, I needed to find a way to make some new jewelry for the holiday season without breaking the bank. The good news is that it’s totally possible! Cardboard beads are surprisingly easy to make and a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit. Here’s how:

Time: 20 minutes
Materials: corrugated cardboard, scissors, mod podge, brush, pen, straws

Learn to make a killer statement necklace in 20 minutes using only cardboard and glue!This is my first time working with corrugated cardboard and I think I may have a new favorite craft supply. It holds shape nicely and is so easy and flexible to work with. If you’ve never worked with it before, I recommend that you pick some up asap and try this project!

Learn to make a killer statement necklace in 20 minutes using only cardboard and glue!If you’re making the triangle shape, it helps to draw it on the back of the cardboard first. You can also make a variety of other shapes by cutting straight strips of paper in a mix of widths. Experiment and have fun with this step!

Learn to make a killer statement necklace in 20 minutes using only cardboard and glue!Once you have your shapes cut out, apply a layer of mod podge to the back (smooth side) of the cardboard. Roll up the cardboard on your straw and add bit of mod podge to the end to hold in place. In about 20 seconds you’ll be able to remove your bead from the straw so you can set it aside and let it dry. I found that if you have a few different straws, you can lay them over a cup (so the bead is over the hole) to let dry while you make another bead.

And that’s it! I strung some on a piece of twine and made a fun necklace in no time at all. I think it would be fun to make bigger beads, and maybe have multiple strands, to make a killer statement necklace. I’ve got lost of experimenting to do! What do you think, will you be joining me?!

Learn to make a killer statement necklace in 20 minutes using only cardboard and glue!

Learn to make a killer statement necklace in 20 minutes using only cardboard and glue!

 

Learn to make a killer statement necklace in 20 minutes using only cardboard and glue!

DIY Clay Bead Necklace

Time: 1 hour
Materials: premo clay, bead making tools, wax paper, leather cord, oven

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!I’m always amazed that when I make something out of clay that it doesn’t fall apart. Call me skeptical, but it seems like it should be harder to work with than it is. I’ve been wanting to learn to make my own beads for a while (because hello, endless jewelry projects), so I finally took the plunge and picked up some Premo Clay to start experimenting with!

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Before you begin, preheat your oven according to the instructions on the back of your clay.DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Cut of a chunk of clay and mend in your hands. When soft, roll out on wax paper (this will help keep your clay clean). Once you have the amount of clay you want, shape by rolling in between your two palms like you’re making a ball.

There are a variety of ways to make your own beads. I really liked playing around with creating new shapes and sizes without any real guide. For those of you looking to create a more symmetrical piece, the bead kit does comes with a circle punch that helps you measure out the same amount of clay per bead. Just be sure to repeat the same technique when shaping.

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Once you have your desired bead shape, you’ll need to pierce it to create your hole. Poke through on one side until barely making it through, then repeat on the other side, starting where the existing hole is. Set on baking pan when done.

*Tip: Wash your hands in between each color to avoid the colors mixing in with one another.

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Bake in the oven according to clay instructions. Let cool then string on leather cord to wear! DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!If you have any tips or tricks for making your own beads, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!

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DIY Copper + Leather Necklace

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: 1/8″ round copper tube, leather cord, scissors, mini tube cutter

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time for another Quarterly Collab post! In case you missed our last project, the QC is a group of bloggers from around the world who love to create and make. Each season of the year we work on a project with a common theme and share all the steps to 7 beautiful, unique DIYS you can do at home too. If you haven’t guessed it already, for our second post, we made jewelry!

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life

There’s always something about warmer weather that makes me want to freshen up everything in my home and wardrobe. Rather than spend a lot of money on new pieces, I decided to make something out of items I found at a hardware store.

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It may look scary, but cutting your tube takes minimal effort!

Place your tube in the cutter and line up with the wheel. Where the wheel comes in contact with your tube is where the cut will be made. Tighten the nob until the wheel touches the tube, but be sure not to secure too tightly or you’ll end up bending it. Rotate the tube with your fingers while keeping the cutter stable. When the cutter seems loose, tighten the nob again and keep turning. Repeat this process, you may have to tighten 5-10 times, until the tube breaks.

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Keep cutting your tube until you’ve made enough pieces. I made all of my pieces different lengths to give it more of a geometric shape when wearing. Play around with the arrangement and have fun!

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Slip your pieces onto the leather cord, knot, then start wearing. This necklace instantly became my new favorite. There’s always something special about wearing something you made, don’t you think?!

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life

To see the other six projects (trust me, you’re going to want to make EVERYTHING!), visit quarterlycollab.com.

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DIY Color Blocked Necklace

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: bead cord, beads, clasp, jump rings, clear nail polish, scissors

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

Attach a jump ring to either side of your clasp. Once you’ve measure out your desired length, triple knot your bead cord onto one of the d-rings. Add a dab of clear nail polish to strengthen the knot and let dry.

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Start stringing the first color of your beads. If your beads are smaller you can use a needle for this process.

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

Once you’ve reached the spot you want to color block, begin stringing on your second color. Finish by adding your first color bead until you’re satisfied with the length. Triple knot the cord on the remaining jump ring, clip extra cord, and seal with clear nail polish.

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life

DIY Color Blocked Necklace | The Crafted Life