Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Funky Chunky Ribbon Necklace

A couple of weeks ago I got the bug to make a necklace for my friend's birthday. Then I decided to make one for me. Here is what I came up with:

Supplies:

Ribbon (I used 3/8", satin ribbon)
Chunky beads (Make SURE the hole in the beads is WIDE, I stuck the needle in it to make sure)
Size 22 (large) needle
Scissors
Measuring tape

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Measure out 48 inches of ribbon. I decided I wanted to make my ties on my necklace about 18 inches in, so the necklace can be longer or shorter. This measurement had everything to do with how long my beads were. Measure that out and figure it out for your beads. Don't worry if you mess up because knots come undone easily!

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At that 18 inches, make your first knot. Make sure it was nice and tight but not overly tight or too small. That will leave you with a long side (where the beads go) and a shorter side (the tie side).

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Thread your needle on the longer side of the ribbon. I used larger needle because it was very easy to thread the ribbon on there. 

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This really isn't difficult to figure out what happens next. Thread your bead! I tried to use the smaller beads from this set, but they were too small for the needle plus the ribbon. I had to stick with the larger beads.

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Follow your bead with a knot

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Make a larger knot and then use your thumbs to push it up next to your bead

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Tighten up to make it flush with the bead. I didn't want much movement in between my beads and knots so I
made it extra tight.

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Repeat until you run out of beads. Then burn your edges to prevent fraying. Very easy, just wave them over a lighter and you're done.

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(The ribbon is long on either side)

Here's the one I made for myself:

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Total cost: around $3!
Total time: less than 15 minutes
Who would you make one for?

33 comments:

Mary Pat Siehl said...

this is soooo cute! love it

CREATIVE MIND said...

nice !!!

Jingle said...

Very pretty! And way fun!

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

Brilliant! I am always timid about stringing beads onto ribbon. I should just get over it already. Thanks for sharing!

Ashley said...

very cute:) and great tutorial:) thanks for sharing and linkin up to tell me tuesday!:)
xo
ash

Maranda said...

So cute!!

Lisa~~ said...

So many great ideas on your site, I can't wait to check it out some more.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Flannery @ Three Sisterz said...

you make it look so easy as usual!!

Becky said...

Those turned out fabulous!

Tracy said...

Very pretty necklace. Love the ease of it, but the looks are stunning.

Connie said...

very nice~great idea!!!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

So pretty and so easy to make too! I love it!

Michelle said...

They turned out really cute! I love how versatile the clear one would be! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Karen @ Goodbyecityhellosuburb said...

Grams could use a new necklace!

Karen said...

Very pretty! How easy was that? And you can't beat The price. I suppose you could wear it just about anywhere... Great job!

Karen

Michelle said...

Such a great accessory! Love it! I am visiting from Sugar and Dots and I am a new follower!!

Hope you are having a great week and I see you around my blog soon!

Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

Thrifty Crafty Girl said...

That is very pretty!

Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you come back soon! I'm following you now!

*reyanna klein* said...

So cute! Love this!! :-)

starsandsunshine.com said...

Love the satin ribbon with those beads - and it looks super easy! adorable :)

Lowri said...

This is a really fun project with a great tutorial - thanks for sharing!
Lowri
http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

Alice said...

Oh, I'm always looking for cute and cheap accessories to dress up the basics. Clever idea.

Antigone (Staci) said...

Great idea :) The tutorial was great! Thanks for sharing

Kelly said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I am always looking for something to make that is budget friendly but actually looks like something classy to wear.
Good job!

AmieAnn said...

Sooo pretty! Love the versatilty of the bead color and ribbon to really switch it up! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!

Jill said...

What a lovely simple idea for a necklace! Looks fabulous!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing it with us on our link up party! Super cute necklace too :) Finally something to do with my growing stash of ribbon and beads. ;)
Britney
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/JandMsEyeCandy

Katie said...

I'm so inspired by your necklace. I've never made any necklaces, but you make this look easy *and cute! Thank you for linking this up to Sew Woodsy last week. We featured your necklace today on our page. We hope you'll join us tomorrow for another fun and exciting link party! :)

Ginger@gingersnapcrafts said...

Cute & looks so easy. :) Following from Sumo‘s Sweet Stuff link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there.

Ginger
gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I'm so grateful that you linked up in this week's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

Jami said...

Hi Jaime!
So glad you linked up this fun chunky neclace last week at the Tuesday To Do Party. You Wayward girls are so crafty! I'm behind commenting on everyone's link up because on some technical difficulties...think they're worked out now!!! Can't wait to see your next clever endeavor!
Smiles!
Jami
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Crystal said...

LOVE this! Thanks so much for linking up! I am featuring this tonight! :) Have a great weekend!
Crystal
Homemaker in Heels

Six Sisters said...

This is AWESOME!!! Totally has an Anthro feel to it! And I can't believe that it cost less than $3! That is my kind of craft! :) Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday- we would LOVE to have you come back tomorrow and link up more of your great posts!
-The Six Sisters
http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

{nifty thrifty things} said...

This turned out so pretty!! :)
Thank you for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
I hope to see more of your creativity this weekend!
xoxo,
Vanessa

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