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This DIY boho beaded bracelet/necklace duo is convertible, versatile, and something you need to make RIGHT NOW! Ok, that might have been a little intense, but trust me, it will become one of your go-to pieces for every outfit.
I love this Tibetan pendant and decided to feature it here – it really adds to the boho vibe. Mixing beads and gemstones also pushes forward that eclectic look, perfect for us crafty hippies!
As an added bonus to this DIY, my friends at NHCO Botanical sent some vegan, organic goodies (the best kind, am I right!?) to pair with this post! If you’re into botanical body care, all their products are plant-based, cruelty-free and include organic ingredients….which is especially great for anyone living a natural or vegan lifestyle (and everyone else, for that matter!)
I got the Sweet Lemon Oil, Coconut Mask and Bar Soap. The bar soap, being totally unscented, is really great for anyone with sensitive skin and/or allergies. The Lemon Oil smells heavenly, and I love the addition of charcoal in the Coconut Mask!
DIY jewels and delightfully responsible beauty products go hand in hand, if you ask me! Pull up a chair and let’s get to beading…..
Step 1: Gather materials. You’ll need stretch cord (I used 0.5mm), clear monofilament (I used 0.5mm), a variety of crystal beads, spacers, stone beads and e beads, crimp tubes, crimp covers, jump rings, toggle clasps, and a large pendant or accent. You’ll also need crimping pliers and wire cutters or scissors.
Step 2: Cut two approx. 35″ pieces of stretch cord and string on a mixture of your beads, in your desired pattern. I alternate crystal rondelles, e beads and metal spacers. Pick a cohesive color palette, so your design flows! I double-up on the stretch cord for added strength…..
Step 3: Continue beading until you have reached about a 30-32″ length…..you might have to alter these measurements based on the size of your wrist….my total piece (end to end, including the additional beaded part) was about 36″.
Step 4: Once you’ve beaded about a 30-32″ length, thread on a crimp tube to all cords. Thread the cords through the loop on a toggle, and back through the crimp. Pull cords taut, crimp tube shut and cut excess cord.
Step 5: Find the exact middle of the beaded strand and add the toggle bar to the strand with two 4mm jump rings.
Step 6: Cut two pieces of 5″ monofilament , and crimp the ends to a large jumpring- make sure this jump ring fits around your toggle! You don’t need stretch cord here, because the rest of the piece is stretch. Also, it helps with the heavier beads to NOT have it stretchy….
Step 7: Bead on a small strand, mine was only about 2″ long – use larger beads here as this is more of the focal area of the piece! Crimp the other end around the loop of one more toggle.
Step 8: Add crimp covers to crimps if desired. Add any accents or charms to the bottom of the last toggle.
To wear as a necklace, simply insert the toggle bar in the bottom or top toggle, as a shorter piece. Or, for a longer look, don’t use the toggle bar at all! To wear as a bracelet, wrap around the wrist and insert the bar in the last toggle. The stretch cord helps the piece fit anyone!
Feel free to mix up the colors and bead combinations, depending on your desired look. Blue/teal is always my top choice (well, always second to black of course) for bead colors….. This piece could work really well in a green or even brown/bronze theme as well.
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Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.
DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo
DIY Boho Beaded Bracelet/Necklace Duo