Friday, November 30, 2012

Dare to DIY Handmade: Wood Bead Necklace

Who’s ready for the Dare to Give Handmade link up on Monday?

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Monday’s challenge is Dare to Give Handmade.  We dare you to DIY a gift made by you. Nothing is more special to give than something you created. Ideas include bath and body items, kitchen gifts, hand-sewn clothing or home decor. 

My handmade gift is a ribbon and wood bead necklace that I made for my mom.


Well, I made her help me design one and then I made one for her. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

This necklace takes about 15 minutes to make and will cost you about $2 per necklace.

You will need 1.5” ribbon in the color of your choice.  10 wood beads.  (I purchased both of these items at Joann’s.  You will only need one spool of ribbon.  Don’t let the photo mislead you.)

Wood Bead Necklace Supplies

Step 1: Cut the end of your ribbon into a point.

Step 1

Step 2.  Fold this point in half and cover in tape.  The tape isn’t completely necessary but we did find it was easier to place the beads on the ribbon by using it.

Step 2

Step 3: String your ten beads onto the ribbon.  You need to string them on so you have at least 10 inches of ribbon on the end that you are stringing them from.  Be gentle while adding the beads.  We found that we scratched the ribbon a little if we fought with the beads too much.

Step 3

Step 4:  Tie a knot at the end of the beads. The knot should be tied at the end where the ribbon is still attached to the spool.

Step 4

Step 5.  Determine the length of your necklace.  I did this by holding the ribbon and beads.  You need enough ribbon to get the necklace over your head easily plus some additional to tie the bow.  I erred on the side of having too much ribbon. 

Step 5

Step 6:  Tie a bow.  This step is just like tying your shoes.  Seriously. Don’t over think it.  My bow looked worse when I thought about it.  Be sure that your ribbon is not twisted when you tie the bow.  You don’t want to give your recipient a necklace that looks wonky around the neck, do you?

Step 7

Step 7:  Trim the ribbon ends to your desired length and you have completed your super easy (yet adorable) handmade gift.

Necklace Final


Why is the bow on different sides in these photos?  Good question.  You can twist the necklace.  I took the final photos at a different time than when I made them.  I probably had the ribbon twisted on my neck and didn’t pay attention.  Eh.  Guess that not twisting step isn’t so important.

I looking forward to seeing your handmade gifts on Monday! If you want more Dare to DIY inspiration, check out my co-hosts' projects at Maybe Matilda, NewlyWoodwards, and Two Twenty One.

Next week we get all holiday decorating up in here.  Get ready to brush the glitter of your clothes now.  That’s what you get when you wake up reading Décor and the Dog.  *sing to similar Katy Perry’s Waking Up in Vegas*

Linking up to: Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Oh fun! If I hadnt already picked up a necklace for my mom this year I would definitely whip this up!

  2. This looks so sophisticated. I might just have to make one for myself! I still haven't decided what to make for this challenge - time to start thinking.

  3. That looks absolutely darling. Love it!! What a great gift!

  4. i pinned this! i am going to get the supplies monday and make this for a couple friends i wasn't sure what to get!

  5. ps- how long do the party's stay up for? i have a handmade gift post coming on weds of next week. i don't want to miss your party!

  6. That is super cute! I love the mix of natural wood bead with shiny, glossy ribbon. Nicely done, Ms. DecorandtheDog. Nicely done indeed.

  7. Very cute! The beads would be fun painted too!

  8. What a cute necklace! Perfect for the holidays :)

  9. I think this is really cute! Love the bow and the silky ribbon. It's really perfect for the holidays. Just making sure that I'm on your list for a handmade gift this year? Cause I need one of these.

    Also, I love the Katy Perry reference. Kind of made my life.

  10. It's beautiful!! I bailed out on my original idea, so I have no clue what I'm doing for Monday. Not going to lie I'm in a slight panic mode! ;) Love how your necklace turned out. I might have to make a few of those for some special ladies on my list! (And by I might I really mean I will definitely have to.)

  11. Love it! The little bow is such a sweet touch :)

  12. So pretty Michelle! And easy!! I love it. The satiny bow adds polish to the wood beads. Perfect balance. I just might make some of these babies for gifts :)

  13. this is so cool! and one could opt to paint those beads any color under the sun for a variety of styles. Watch out J.Crew, here comes Michelle!

  14. I AM SO MAKING THIS!!! I love it...A+ for you! :)

  15. Gorgeous! This makes me want to try making a bead necklace again. I tried making them for my bridesmaids when I got married and it was an epic fail. I bet wooden beads are they key. I'm totally trying this someday.

  16. That's a legitimately awesome, so-not-homemade-looking gift! Totally a win. Love it.

  17. It's adorable. I love necklaces and something so simple and inexpensive is even better!

  18. You can never go wrong with wood beads and satin ribbon.

  19. That is really cute! I made my mom a necklace for the challenge also =)

  20. This is so cute! love the raw beads and black ribbon together

  21. I love this look. I now feel the need to make these in every color!! :)

  22. Love this necklace! Perhaps I will try to make one of my own!!

  23. I'm so excited about this necklace! It turned out so nice! New follower!


  24. I love love love this. Can you pretend you lost that one to give to your mom and send it on over to MN? Please? :)

  25. SO PURTY. I want one in tie-dye! Much Dare to DIY Love!


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