DIY Bohemian Beaded Jewelry
Creating your own handmade beaded jewelry is a great way to express your unique style and creativity! It is so simple to make beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings with just a few basic jewelry making supplies and some inspiration.
- 13 mm black glass pearl beads
- 5mm peridot beads
- 5mm fuchsia beads
- 4mm turquoise beads
- 8-0 seed beads (royal blue, orange)
- 6-0 seed beads (champagne gold, yellow, aqua)
- ⅜” stamped metal coins
- Tiny metal tile beads
- 7mm gold round spacer beads
- Orange plastic disks 35mm
Stampings & findings:
- Brass stamping 6B
- 1” Loop finding 19A
- 2” chain tassel dangles
- Assorted jump rings
- 25mm silver bails
- Earwire plain shepherd hooks
- ⅜” Gold lobster clasps
- Gold & silver crimp beads
Tools & other supplies:
- Nipper pliers (wire cutters)
- Chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Stainless steel beading wire
- 1 ¾” Memory wire coil
- Paint pens (white, black, green, blue, pink)
- E-6000 glue
How to Make a Beaded Necklace
You can create several of these colorful beaded necklaces in an afternoon! These beaded necklace ideas are easy to customize and simple to create.
To make the main evil eye pendant, you’ll first need to draw a white circle onto the orange plastic disk with a paint pen. Let dry, then draw a smaller circle in the middle of the white circle with blue or green paint pen. When that dries, draw a small black or dark blue dot in the center for the pupil.
Create two other evil eye pendants by coloring the oval brass stampings with the paint pens. You can get creative with your designs and add little dots and other details. Just let each color dry between layers.
To string the seed bead necklace, create a loop at the end of the steel wire and attach a crimp bead. Put a jump ring on the end of the loop. String the seed beads in a single color or pattern as you wish. You can string the beads in random order or you can create some fun patterns by altering colors and sizes of beads.
It may help to plan out your bead necklace design ahead of time, making sure the pendant is in the middle and the other two brass stampings and black bead beads will be evenly spaced. The brass stampings will need a jump ring attached so that it can dangle from the wire. Once you have finished adding the beads, add the final crimp bead on the end and loop the wire back through. Clamp the crimp bead closed with the chain nose pliers and trim the excess wire with the wire cutters. Attach the lobster clasp to the end. Now you are ready to wear your beaded necklace!
How to Make Bracelets with Beads
Making DIY beaded bracelets are so simple and easy to create! This project will show you how to make beaded bracelets with seed beads, which are lightweight and perfect beads for bracelets. You’ll also need metal beads and memory wire coil.
Start by cutting a piece of the memory wire so that you have at least two loops. Create a small loop on one end with the round nose pliers. Then string the beads. Try alternating seed beads, jewels and metal beads for an interesting look. Continue until you have about an inch left on the end. Trim with the wire cutters to about ½”, then use the round nose pliers to create another loop on the end. This will secure your beads on the wire. And now you have your handmade seed bead bracelet!
How to Make Beaded Earrings
To create your own beaded dangle earrings using jewelry beads, thread one or several of the beads onto a head pin and trim the head pin so that you have about ¼” on the end. Use the chain nose pliers to bend the end of the head pin at a 90 degree angle. Then use the round nose pliers to form a loop. This will allow you to attach a jump ring to the loop and then attach that to the finding. Once you’ve finished the beaded earring design, attach a jump ring to the top of the finding and add it to the earring hook.
You can also add things like ribbon, feathers, etc. to create unique bohemian style jewelry.
To create a ribbon dangle, cut the ribbon to the desired length and fold in half. If you want the fabric dangle to be 3.5”, cut three 7” pieces of ribbon. Wrap wire around the middle of the three ribbons. String seed beads onto the wire to the length of the ribbon (about 3”). String the gold round spacer bead at the end and use the round nose pliers to create a coil at the end of the wire to secure the beads. Wrap about 12” of wire around the top ¾” of the fabric dangle, beginning about ¾” down. Wrap up to the top and create about a ¼” loop, continue to wrap the wire around the base of the loop and continue down the rest of the coiled wire. Use the chain nose pliers to clamp the end of the wire to secure. Then, attach the top loop to the earring hook.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make beaded jewelry and that you’re inspired to create your own beaded jewelry designs!
There are so many different ways to use beads for jewelry making. Have fun making your beaded jewelry!
Tools & Materials
13mm Black Glass Pearl Beads$2.50 / 10 pack
5mm Peridot Beads$6.25 / 24 pack
5mm Fuchsia Beads$6.25 / 24 pack
4mm Turquoise Opaque Beads$5.25 / 24 pack
8-0 Seed Beads Royal Blue Glass$1.99 / Vial
8-0 Seed Beads Orange$1.99 / Vial
3/8 inch Stamped Metal Coin$2.99 / 40 pack
Tiny Metal Tile Beads$3.99 / 40 pack
7mm Round Spacer beads$1.99 / 20 pack
Orange Plastic Discs - 35mm (1-3/8")$2.00 / 10 pack
Brass Stamping 6B$3.95 / 4 pack
1" Loop Finding 19A$1.99 / 3 pack
Chain Tassel Dangle$1.99 / 4 pack
Assorted Jump Rings$3.99
Bail- Silver Plated 25mm$4.99 / 5 pack
Earwire Plain Shepherd Hook. Surgical Steel - Gold Finish$1.99 / 5 pairs
3/8" Gold 'Lobster' Clasp$2.99 / 12 pack
Gold Crimp Beads$1.75 / 20 pack
Silver Crimp Beads 2.5mm$1.99 / 70 pack
Nipper Pliers Fine Cut$10.89
Chain Nose Pliers Precision$12.95
Round Nose Pliers Intermediate$12.99
21 Strand Flexrite Stainless Steel Beading Wire - .6mm$9.99
Memory Wire 1-3/4" Coil$1.99 / 12 coils
Paint Pen White med. tip$3.99
Paint Pen Black med. tip$3.99
Paint Pen Green med. tip$3.99
Paint Pen Blue med. tip$3.99
Paint Pen Pink med. tip$3.99
E6000 (2 oz.)$6.99