Crafty (& Handy)

Making Beaded Necklaces

I recently helped a couple dozen ladies turn waxed cording and beads into necklaces at my Anthropologie craft event. I made one at home beforehand so I could pass it around as an example.

DIY Handmade Beaded Necklace

I went to Bead in Hand for our supplies, and chose beads that would mix and match and work with a variety of styles. Some of the attendees would be experienced crafters (I spotted one with a thimble that she’d brought with her! Hardcore.), and some had never even strung beads before, so I was going for a project that could be adaptable for different tastes and skill levels.

Leading a Craft Workshop

I explained a few options (like knotting the cord to suspend beads higher up, and adding beads to the trailing ends in the back), and then we ate fruit and pink macarons, drank mimosas, and got to crafting.

Pink Macarons, Fruit, Watermelon-Infused Water, and Mimosas
Making Necklaces

We were all working with the same “ingredients,” but there was a huge range in designs.

DIY Handmade Beaded Necklaces
Craft Workshop at Anthropologie
A DIY Handmade Beaded Necklace
Craft Attendees

Thanks, Anthropologie, for hosting, and a big thank you to everyone that came out! It was a great time.

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  • sandi m
    May 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Everyone did a great a job! You must have been a proud teacher.
    I recognize most of those beads from BIH. Love that store – where I started my journey 12 years ago…

    And last post – when does Calvin start modeling?!! He is the cutest/happiest baby ever!

  • The Office Stylist
    May 14, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    What a fun day! I haven’t done a DIY like this in a while, haha. Loved how these necklaces turned out.

    The Office Stylist

  • Kristi Craig
    May 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    What a fun time!
    I am seriously in love with the cups of fruit — random I know!


  • Jenny
    May 15, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    An unrelated comment: I know you recently had a baby, but I can’t tell it from looking at you. You’re looking good!

  • Rosalina
    May 18, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Oh I just love these necklaces. I really wish there was an Anthropologie store near me so I can participate in fun events like these. As an artist, I really love learning new crafts and art styles. I mostly paint and draw but I would love to take a class like this and make some cool bohemian necklaces.