Making Pretty Necklaces + Hosting a Craft Party
Hi friends! Confession time. I'm a little obsessed with craft parties. A few years ago back in Virginia I attempted to host "Craft Ups" but it was tough to actually make happen. Now that I'm in California I keep talking about how I want to host craft parties but these days I'm willing to settle with "you're coming over? Let's make stuff!" Hey, it's still a party if your friend brings over 5 containers of hummus, right?!
(Just nod and say "Yes.")
Last week Vicky came over to catch up and I decided to include my roommate C (and 3 dogs). Boom. It's definitely now a party. For our craft activity, I chose something that was easy to make and wouldn't get in the way of 3 dogs running around my apartment (I don't have a table). What's easier than making pretty necklaces?
Also, Vicky and I used to make jewelry almost every time we got together when we were little, so it was nostalgic fun. Did you know we started a business when we were in high school? We'd have sleepovers and make friendship bracelets and beaded geckos and somehow sold them to paying customers. The DIY and entrepreneurial spirit in me developed at a young age.
- Beads in various colors, but similar shape and size
- Wooden beads
- Embroidery floss
- Foam Brushes
- Paint palette
- Washi Tape
- Small bowls to separate beads
Before purchasing your supplies and setting up, think about a color theme. The craft store had a limited selection and small quantity of beads, but I was lucky to score a bulk string of coral and mint colors. Knowing my friends might not be as obsessed with these colors as I am, I also added in white and black. I also picked up wooden beads for a natural look. Arrange each of these in their own small dish for easy picking.
For the most part, all you have to do is string the beads in any pattern on the embroidery floss at your desired length (must be able to put them over your head), and then tie a knot.
To Make The Tassels
Using a small piece of card stock, such as a business card, and a piece of embroidery floss about 4" long, place the floss perpendicular to the card (Like a T). Taking the spool of embroidery floss, wrap it around and around the card, making sure the 4" floss stays near the top. Wrap the floss around until you have a pretty thick "tassel."
Take the 4" floss and pull it to the top of the card, and tie it in a knot. This will gather your tassel at one end.
Carefully pulling the wrapped floss off of the card, take another 4" piece of floss, and tie it around the tassel, near the top floss.
Trim the end so that the floss forms individual strands and is no longer gathered. Trim as needed so the tassel is cut straight across.
I threaded the long, necklace-length floss through the tassel (where the top floss is tied) and then removed the top floss.
To let the tassel "hang," lace a few beads through both ends of the long embroidery flos (about 2-4 beads). Divide the floss and individually string beads through each side of the necklace, forming a "Y" from the tassel.
To Make The Wooden Beads
You can paint the wooden beads completely, paint on a pattern, or paint half. To paint an even line, use washi tape to protect the part of the bead that you don't want covered. Once dry, you may string them through. I kept these simple and joined 2 different colored embroidery string and did not combine them with any other beads.
Provide Refreshments for the Party
It's not a party without food and drink, right? Be sure to include yummy refreshments to keep your crafting guests happy and give them the fuel to craft all the things. To make cleanup easy, I broke out Cheeky. As you know, I work for Cheeky so I'm always going to use their pretty paper products. And it feels good knowing that with every purchase, you're helping feed someone right here in the U.S.
I'm absolutely, head over heels with our new Lotta Jansdotter for Cheeky collection. Just look at the color! Doesn't it just scream "MICHELLE!!!!!" in beautiful, flashing lights?
In my next post, I'll share how to make these figs, but if you'd like the shortcut version, it's simply figs, blue cheese, crushed pistachios, and honey. Boom. Easiest fancy snack ever.
Have you hosted any craft parties?
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