Video Tutorial: Nautical Wooden Bead Necklace

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nautical-necklace-pinWith the 4th of July holiday around the corner, we all could use a little more red, white, and blue in our lives. I love the chunky statement necklace trend, and I’ve seen awesome wooden necklaces created by my fellow bloggers, including the ladies at A Beautiful Mess and Aventureux. I decided to take a more seaworthy approach to this easy to DIY accessory.

med-nautical-outfit-leanWith this, I bring you my first, and hopefully not my last, video tutorial! I have a bit of experience in video production, so I’m doing okay with the whole editing part of things; however, I can’t get used to the sound of my own voice! We all sound a little different when we’re recorded, but I can’t help but think, “Is THAT what people hear?” Anyway, I hope this inspires you all to make your own necklaces. The process is super simple, and if I can do it, so can you. I also have written instructions below the video with links to products I used.


5 Large Wooden Beads
4 Small Wooden Beads (similar)
Hemp Jewelry Cord
Paint Brushes (similar)
Red, White, and Blue Acrylic Craft Paint (I used Tartan Red, Wedding Cake, and Deep Sea)
Gold Paint Pen (similar)
Clear Spray Enamel
1 Lobster Clasp
2 Crimp Beads
2 Jump Rings
Jewelry Pliers

close-up-nautical-necklace-3The Steps:

– Start by painting the large beads. Paint 2 red ones and 3 blue. It’s less messy to put a paintbrush handle through the hole of the beads to keep them from rolling around as you paint them. Set these beads aside to dry.

– Next, use the gold paint pen to paint the four small wooden beads, and let those dry, too.

– Once the large beads are dry, start decorating them with white paint. I made an anchor on a blue bead by drawing a lowercase “t” with a smile on the bottom. You can paint x’s, scribbles, and dashes on the others. The end of the handle a paint brush makes excellent polka dots!

– When all of the beads are totally dry, seal them with spray enamel and let them dry again.

– Cut a length of hemp cord several inches longer than you’d like your necklace to be.

– Your cording may be a little too big to slide though the holes of your beads without a little help. Create a “tape needle” at one end of the cord by folding the tape lengthwise around one of the ends leaving some excess tape sticking out. Press the excess tape together to form a point smaller than the holes of your beads.

– Tie a knot in the cord on the opposite end from the tape needle but still far enough from the edge so your necklace will hang as long as you’d like.

– String your beads, starting with a blue one, by pulling the tape needle through the hole. Slide your bead all of the way to the knot. Continue stringing alternating between large and small beads making sure your anchor bead is in the center.

– Measure the necklace evenly around your neck, making sure it’s even on both sides. Trim the cord to the exact length you’d like your necklace to be.

– Clamp a crimp bead to each end using your pliers. Attach jump rings through the holes of the crimp beads on each end. On one end, use the jump ring to attach the lobster clasp.

– And, you’re done!

med-nautical-outfit-1…and you can’t have “nautical” without…boats! (None of them are mine.)

DSC_3474nI hope you enjoyed my first YouTube tutorial, and please like it and subscribe to my channel if you did! Have a happy July 4th!

Outfit details – Shirt: ModCloth (similar) / Skirt: ModCloth (similar)

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