This is such a fun project and turned out better than expected! This past month I was tasked with turning old Christmas decor into something new for my Michaels Makers challenge. Interestingly enough, I had just cleaned out some old Christmas decor that was ready to go to the Goodwill. It was literally sitting in a bin by the door, so it was kind of exciting to root through and see what I could re-do.
One thing that caught my eyes was this beaded garland:
I knew immediately upon seeing it that I wanted to turn it into a beaded necklace! Well, several beaded necklaces ultimately, but I started with one. I loved how easy it was to turn the garland into jewelry . . . here’s how I did it.
Gather These Supplies
- Beaded garland (of course you could also use plain wood beads for this as well)
- Spray primer
- Acrylic paint in four colors
- Corded necklace kit
- Jewelry glue
- Jewelry pliers
Cut eight beads off of your garland – use some of the string from the garland to hold the beads for spray painting.
Because my beads were dark red, I knew that it was important to prime the beads first with white primer before painting. Let me tell you – you won’t completely be able to cover with acrylic paint without the primer. I sprayed the beads on the string they were on and let them dry.
Then I painted all of the beads with acrylic paint in four colors. To paint, I actually put each single bead on the end of a paint brush and painted it with a different paint brush. It makes it very easy and then the bead doesn’t keep spinning around while you are painting.
Let all of the beads dry.
I picked up this Bead Landing Hemp Kit at Michaels to make my necklace – you can use it to make 3 necklaces total.
Trim the hemp cord down to the size you like. I chose 24″ long.
Insert the tip of your jewelry glue bottle into one of the ends of a crimp tube bead and squeeze a little in there. If your jewelry glue bottle tip is too wide, use a toothpick to help.
Stick the hemp cord down into the crimp tube bead and let dry.
You need to string the beads onto the hemp cord, then repeat the step above with gluing the second crimp tube bead.
Use jewelry pliers to crimp down the very last coil on each crimp tube bead – then use the jump rings to assemble the rest of the necklace.
This DIY beaded necklace is a great craft for any age. I had a blast doing it, and it didn’t take long. Can you believe it used to be a Christmas garland?
For more fun Christmas re-dos like this one, visit my post “three unique ways to re-use Christmas decor.”