Personalized Beaded Keychains

Are you looking for a fun summer craft that won’t take all day?  Then these personalized beaded keychains are perfect.  You can make one in less than 15 minutes or make a few in less than an hour and give them out to your favorite people.

Personalized Beaded Keychains - 15 Minute Craft

Connor picked out his new backpack over the weekend and then told me that he wanted to put a keychain with his name on the zipper like he had last year.  Last year I put a keychain on his zipper in case someone had a similar backpack in his class.  I already had container full of beads so I thought it would be fun for him to make his own personalized keychain.

Supplies Needed:

  • alphabet Beads
  • assorted beads
  • keychain rings
  • ribbon, string, or cording (we used all 3 because that’s what I already had)

Step 1:  Cut a piece of string twice the length you will need.  Thread it through the key ring and fold it over so that you have two strings that same length.

Step 2:  Add your beads through both strings.

Step 3:  Tie a know at the end.

Personalized Beaded Keychains - 15 Minute Craft

That’s it!  Now you have a cute personalized beaded keychain.

After Connor finished making his own, he made one for mom and dad:)  Now he wants to make more for his cousins and his Grammy.

What 15 minute crafts have you and your child made recently?

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Easy Seed Bead Earrings

I wanted a pair of earrings that I could wear all summer long that would match with almost anything.  So I dug through all my jewelry supplies and this is what I came up with:

I used the same tutorial I used HERE but this time I attached the two ends to the earring hook.
Do you want to make your own pair of seed bead and jump ring earrings?
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • seed beads
  • jump rings – you’ll need about 30 for each earring
  • pliers
  • a pair of earring hooks

Step 1:  Take your seed beads and jump rings.  Use your pliers to open the jump rings a little and add 6 seed beads to each jump ring.

Step 2:  Add one jump ring to your earring hook.  Then add 3 jump rings to that first jump ring.

Step 3:  Add 3 jump rings to the center jump ring.  Continue to add three jump rings to the center jump ring in each row.

Step 4:  When you get to the length you want, take the center jump ring in the final row and attach it to the earring hook.

That’s it!  How easy is that?  Now, you have a pair of beautiful earrings to wear all summer long!!

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Pinterest Inspired Jewelry – Easy Necklace Tutorial

I was in the mood to make some new fall jewelry so I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration.  I was looking for some easy necklace tutorials and I found a few that I love!  Remember if I can make them, you can too!!

Necklace #1:

The first necklace I made was inspired from this pin.  All you need are two things: suede lace and wooden beads. I was originally going to paint wooden beads red but then I came across this red beaded garland in the Christmas section of Michael’s.

Red Beaded Necklace

Step 1:  Cut two pieces of string around 42 inches. Take your first string and tie a single knot closest to the center as you can get it. Slide your first bead onto the string and tie a knot right after it.

Step #2:  Add another bead to one side and tie another knot. Then add a bead to the other side of the first knot.

Step #3:  Continue to alternate sides until you’ve added 11 beads. Then repeat on the second string but this time add 13 beads.

Step #4:  Now take one bead and thread both pieces of string though that one bead. Tie a knot.

Step #5:  Repeat on the other side. Trim the ends of the string so they are even. Tie a knot and put on your fabulous new necklace. My finished necklace is around 36 inches because I wanted something long. If you want something shorter, just cut your string around 6 inches longer than you want your finished necklace to be.

It really can’t get any easier than this! In less than 20 minutes and for around $6 you have a fabulous new necklace with plenty of supplies left over to make a few for gifts. I hope you have fun making your own beaded necklace.

Necklace #2:

The next necklace I made was inspired from this pin.  I love the idea of using an old necklace but I also loved the glass beads so I bought some at Michael’s and made my own necklace.  I also used chain instead of ribbon.

Necklace #3:

I fell in love with this necklace as soon as I saw it and the best part was I had all the supplies needed to make it.  I had extra chains from other projects and I had leftover velvet ribbon that was just waiting to be made into a fabulous necklace.  This is a super easy necklace to make and looks really good on.  I highly recommend making this necklace.

So what jewelry have you made lately?

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Easy Christmas Wreath

Easy Christmas Wreath with Beads and RibbonThis is a quick and easy Christmas wreath to make.  I wanted a simple, classic wreath that could be used year after year.
Supplies Needed:
  • Foam Wreath
  • Red Ribbon – used to wrap foam wreath
  • 4 Strands of Beads:  I used 2 different sizes
  • Floral Pins
  • 1.5 Inch Ribbon for Bow
  • Double-sided Tape
I started by wrapping the wreath with the ribbon and adhering it with the double-sided tape.
Then I started wrapping the beads around the wreath.  I wrapped three at a time:  one small, one large, and one small.  That covered about 2/3 of the wreath.  Then for the rest I took a small strand and cut it in half and repeated the small, large, small pattern.  It will vary depending on the size of the wreath you are using.  I attached the beads using the floral pins.  I left a 1.5 inch space where I wanted the bow to be placed so it would lay flat against the wreath.

I looped the ribbon around once behind the bow and tied a knot to I could hang the wreath on my door.  Then I attached the bow to the loop so the bow is actually attached to the loop not the wreath.

Now I just can’t decide if I want to keep it on my front door or hang it above my fireplace:)  I might have to make another one.

Let me know what you think.  Have you made a wreath lately?  I’d love to see it.  Leave a comment and link back to what you made.


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