Make Your Own: Beaded Tassel DIY Necklace
Summer is unofficially here, so let's swap out those heavy statement pieces for a trendy and bright DIY necklace! This beaded and tasseled accessory is perfect for layering with dainty pieces as well as throwing on over a beach cover and your bikini.
I've been seeing these tassel necklaces and bracelets everywhere this spring; so, instead of investing in an expensive piece, I invested my time in creating a DIY necklace for myself. With bright pink glass beads and bold-colored embroidery floss, this necklace is a perfect accessory for the hot summer months. If you don't consider yourself crafty, you can still make this necklace. Just swap out the bead wire for elastic so you can slip it on and off.
Materials: several strands of glass beads (I used five 7-inch strands of beads to create a 35-inch length necklace), embroidery floss, scissors, elastic thread—or, if you're making a clasp, bead wire, crimp beads, a lobster clasp with chain kit, and needle-nose pliers.
1. Cut a piece of elastic thread or bead wire that is roughly 50 inches long, and string on beads in a pattern you like. You'll trim the thread later, but for now, you want to have enough length to work with. Your necklace will roughly be 36 inches long when complete.
2. If you're using elastic, simply tie your ends together, trim off the excess, and skip to step 4. If not, string a crimp bead and a lobster clasp onto one end of the wire. Then fold the wire around the lobster clasp and thread it back through the crimp bead, creating a loop with the wire. Using the pliers, clamp down on the crimp bead to secure the loop you've just created. Do the same on the other side to secure the adjustable chain.
3. Thread the last inch or so of leftover wire back through the first 3 or 4 beads, and trim to hide any excess wire if necessary.
4. For the tassel, wrap the embroidery floss around a small scrap of cardboard folded in half. Continue wrapping until you have the thickness you want for the tassel.
5. Snip the thread at the base of the cardboard where you started wrapping.
6. Lay the thread bundle flat on a surface. Tie a string tightly around the middle, leaving the ends untrimmed for now.
7. Fold the bundle in half, and pinch the top of the tassel as shown. About a centimeter from the top, wrap another string around it a number of times (refer to photo), and secure. Trim the ends of the tassel to even out the length if necessary.
8. With the string ends at the top of the tassel, tie the tassel onto the middle of your necklace; trim all ends. Feel free to add multiple tassels if you really want to push the trend further.
For more DIY fashion and accessory ideas from Samantha, go to The Brunette One.