Ok – picture this! You’ve got a big date or maybe a job interview and need an extra special addition to your perfect outfit. Well, why not whip up an adorbs DIY hama bead collar necklace? It’s quick and easy to put together and is the perfect way to create that perfect pop of colour! Hama bead jewellery for grown ups? Don’t mind if I do!
So grab your stash (or your kid’s stash!) of hama beads and get ready for a DIY jewellery sesh!
To make this beauty, you’ll need:
– Hama beads
– A circular hama bead template
– Baking paper
– Coloured twine
– Silver jump rings
Start by making the collar part of the necklace. I like to mark out the shape I’m making with a couple of lines of pencil so in this case, I divided the circle in half and then marked in inner circumference of the collar. Then get creative with your design!
Once you’re happy with your design, cover it with a layer of baking paper and hit it with the iron. Heat up the iron on it’s hottest setting and leave in on the design for only a few seconds at a time. As the beads melt together, you’ll be able to see them through the paper – keep an eye on them and make sure they melt strongly together but not too much so the holes disappear!
Next up, make the little triangle shape to hang off the collar. I used the centre of the circle template as a guide and create a rough triangle and chevron shape but it’s totally up to you!
Once both pieces are melted and cooled, use jump rings to attach them to each other. To do this, separate a jump ring and thread it through the corner of your triangle piece. Then line it up with the center of the collar and pop another jump ring in the closest bead. Then pop the two rings together and repeat on the other side.
And if you’ve accidentally over-melted your beads, don’t worry! Just use a wide darning needle to open hole back up :)
Then cut two pieces of cord and thread each piece through either side, starting from the front of one corner and out from the back of the other.
Now you’re ready to hit the town in handmade style! Gorgeous!