An easy make to help bust that stash
14 wooden 12mm beads 14 wooden 14mm beads 10 wooden 16mm beads 18 strips of thin fabric cut to 35 x 0.5cm (10 x ") Fabric rotary cutter, mat and ruler (optional) Scissors Embroidery needle Hot pink cord, 91.5cm (36") long Gold embroidery thread (DMC E3821) Big paper plate Small can of Krylon (or other brand) metallic gold spray paint
Get ready to raid that stash – here’s one you should be able to whip up from bits and pieces you’ve got lying around. Use up fabric scraps to create the tassel (the thinner the fabric the better it’ll!look) and give plain beads a!makeover with easily-available spray paint.
Even better, this project is fully customisable – make it longer or shorter; change the bead colours and sizes or swap the fabric for yarn or floss. We’re planning to make a few in different lengths and stack ‘em up for full-on boho style. 01 Put the beads on a paper plate. 02 Spray paint them in a sweeping motion from side to side and up and down, following the instructions on the can. Make sure!the room is well ventilated!
03 Every so often shake the plate so the beads roll around, ensuring all the sides are covered with paint.
04 Leave to dry for 30-60 minutes.
Making the tassel
05 Cut your fabric into long thin strips measuring 35 x 0.5cm (10 x ¼"). It’s easiest to use a fabric rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler, but if you don’t have these then just use scissors.
06 Put two strips of fabric to one side and lay the rest of the strips one on top of the other.
07 Fold the pile of bunched-up strips in half.
08 Use one of the spare strips to tie the rest together at the top. Make sure your knot is tight.
09 Lift the tassel and shake it out so that all the strips fall neatly and aren’t tangled.
10 Lay the tassel down over the second spare strip, about 4cm (1½") from the top.
11 Tie the strip around the tassel in a tight knot. 12 Shake the tassel out again. 13 Trim your tassel to your desired length, making sure you cut in a straight line. Ours measures 15cm (6") from top to bottom.
14 Wrap the gold embroidery thread tightly around the knot.
15 Thread the needle with the gold thread and run it through a few layers of thread. Come out the other side, pull tight and trim the excess thread.
Assembling the necklace
16 Cut your cord to 76cm (30"). 17 String the beads onto your cord,"starting with the smallest for"a graduated look. String in the following order: seven small beads, seven medium beads, 10 big beads, seven medium beads, seven"small beads.
18 Tie your pink cord in a knot at the top of the necklace, leaving some extra string at the tips.
19 Use the long tail at the top of the tassel to attach it to the cord, between the fifth and sixth big gold beads in the middle. Done!