Fabric and Bead Necklace for Summer!

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen that I am participating in One Artsy Mama’s One Crafty Contest! Out of over 100 entries I made it into the top 20 and this week was our first round of competition. Eeek! Can I tell you how much I love crafting contests? I love being challenged to think outside the box and it’s so inspiring to see what every else comes up with. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

The main ingredient in the first round of the contest was beads and thanks to the lovely people that voted for my bead project I am moving on to round 2! Here is the Fabric Flower and Bead Necklace I made for this challenge:

Fabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

When Amy first revealed the main ingredient for this round I about died.  I honestly haven’t used beads in YEARS (except for a few embellishments here and there, but nothing major). I was totally stumped.

I used to make a lot of beaded jewelry when I was in high school but it hasn’t been something that I’ve worked with in recent years. While brainstorming for this challenge I remembered that I used to have a HUGE bead collection and since my mom doesn’t throw anything out I had a feeling that my collection may still be at my parent’s house. Oh you better believe that whole thing was still there in the same bin! Bingo! Naturally, a lot of the beads weren’t really my style anymore… thankfully. I mean, I’m glad my style has changed a bit since I was 15. But I did find a lot of goodies in there and I just added a ton of beads to my craft supply for free (love finding old things!).

Fabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

I was originally planning to do a home decor project using beads, but I wanted to keep costs down to a minimum so I forced myself to use the beads from the bin (Like I said, I love a challenge). I found this beautiful piece of fabric that was left over from Baby E’s nursery and found some beads in the bin that complemented the vibrant accent colors. Who doesn’t love some tangerine tango this year? But like all of my projects, they tend to evolve through the creative process and I ended up using more cool colors for this project.

Fabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

I was searching for inspiration for fabric flowers and saw these from Little Miss Momma. Loved them. I used the fabric to make the three flowers and then paired it with ocean blue and gray beads. I love how it turned out and the bright colors are perfect for the summer months ahead. Can’t wait!

Fabric Flower and Beaded NecklaceFabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

We just found out that the main ingredient for round 2 is Mod Podge and I’m almost done with my project! I cannot wait to show all of you. Round 2 entries will be posted on One Artsy Mama on Monday and if they are anything like the first round you will not want to miss them.

Have you made anything with beads recently? Leave a link in the comments, I would love to see!

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. Heidi19 says

    Wow! I love this idea Taryn! It’s so unique.. I haven’t seen such necklace made of fabric. And the color is perfect for summer! I’ll try to do this myself too! (just a try) lol!

  2. says

    This came out just too pretty! How clever you are. I will be watching for the next round:) Just visiting from the May Blog Hop and am now following you. I would also love to invite you to link this up to Freedom Fridays Blog Hop.


    PS Check out my May 24th post where I am co hosting Katherine’s Corner Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. TWO Parties, one place! So hoping to see you there!

  3. Julia says

    I haven’t seen such necklace made of fabric. And the color is perfect for summer! Thanks for letting me visit your site.

  4. says

    This is BEAUTIFUL! I would love one just like it! The fabric you chose is fantastic and I love how the beads look with the fabric flowers.


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