Wood Bead & Chiffon Necklace DIY

wood bead chiffon nekclace DIY

I’ve had this Incredible Orbs Anthropologie necklace saved in my “potential diys” folder on my desktop for months and months now. What’s stopped me from making it? Well, at $20, it’s a relatively inexpensive piece to buy …so why wouldn’t you? However, it’s so cute and SO EASY and really, even more inexpensive to make yourself it’s almost a crime not to show you how …not to mention, it’s kind of a perfect little necklace for Spring!


Wood Bead Necklace DIY

* 5-7 large Wood Round Beadslarge raw wood round beads for anthropologie necklace DIYYou may choose to paint them if you like, I’m using unfinished wood for this project.
* Silk, Chiffon, or Sheer fabric or scarf …you may choose to use ribbon but it won’t give you the fluffiness or raw edges that a sheer fabric or silk will, though could be just as cute.
* Scissors
* Bead Reamer or a stick would even work …something to help push the fabric through.


Wood Bead Necklace DIY 1

* I’m using a bit of this sheer animal print that I’ve been wearing as a scarf & alternately using in our game room on our mic stand ;) Because I’ll only need a few inches of it, I’ll still be able to keep it as a scarf. This is one yard.

* Cut a 1″ slit in your fabric, against the selvage, not parallel to it, about 2-1/2″ wide

Wood Bead Necklace DIY 2

* Using your hands, tear the fabric from the slit to the end.

Wood Bead Necklace DIY 4

* You’ll get a perfectly straight line and some beautiful fraying of the edge.

Wood Bead Necklace DIY 5

* The holes of my beads are fairly small …so using a bead reamer, I pushed the fabric through.

Wood Bead Necklace DIY 6

* And pull the fabric through the bead.

Wood Bead Necklace DIY 7

* Since I used 5 large beads and 2 small beads, one at each end, I pulled this first bead all the way to the center and created a loose knot on either side.

Leopard & Wood Bead Necklace DIY 8

* Working from the center out to the ends, and using the two smallest beads at each end, I created loose knots and a bit of extra fabric in between each wooden bead.

* Don’t worry about the fraying …that’s the way you want it to look!


wood bead necklace with leopard and gold accents

necklaces hanging + gold + silver

wood bead necklace leopard

* Wear it short, long or somewhere in between …it’s super easy!

lace flower  dress  with cardigan and bangles+cat eye sunglasses+wavy hair

Have Fun!


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.


  • Marina :)

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    Love it :)

  • Noemi

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    What a great DIY, thanks now I know what to do with my old scarf :)
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  • Soledad

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    your version its much better than the original! you maeganize things!


    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    super gorgeous!! xx

  • Talitha

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, that is fantastic! And so simple! I need to start finding materials to make myself one :) I especially love the animal print


  • Melody

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    LOVE IT! It’s so cute & super easy! Thanks for sharing! : )

  • WobiSobi

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  • Kayla

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    I absolutely love this necklace! It’s such a simple DIY and it looks so chic!

  • Behind the Lashes

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    I definitely like yours better than the inspiration piece ha. The animal print is so much fun!!

  • TokenBlonde

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    Damnit woman, you are unbelievable! I’m doing this one this weekend, please believe! I love, love, love you blog.

  • bananas.

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    whaaaaattt!!! i totally like yours better! the spotted leopard fabric is CLUTCH!!!

  • Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    I have a few of my mom’s old, frayed chiffon scarves that I’ve kept for sentimental reasons…..now I can put them to fantastic use!! Thank you so very much for an easy-to-do DIY!!

  • His and Hers

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    your Maeg-it Yourselves are awesome! adore this necklace!

  • Craftmaker

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    LOVE IT! Cute and easy to make. And there are many possible combinations.

  • Collections

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    Great necklace. I love your DIYs!

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  • Kari Beth

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    i LOVE this and will be making it ASAP! great addition to my less-than-extraordinary wardrobe!

    thanks for taking the time to make a tutorial :-)

  • Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’m going to try this. I like yours better. That leopard is awesome!

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Nikki Aimee

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    I made a similar necklace in 5th grade for Mother’s Day. I think my moms may still have in her keepsake chest. I remember using cotton balls between the beads instead of knotting.

  • Corie

    April 7, 2011 | Reply

    Ok this seems like another project for me!! I made a pair of the fringe earrings…I’ll have to post them up. Keep ‘em comin girl!


  • anhesty

    April 8, 2011 | Reply

    lovess it!! i havent been crafting much…

  • Lily

    April 8, 2011 | Reply

    When I first saw the top photo (the Anthro necklace) I was like “ewww” but your version is so much cuter!!! You honestly should be an accessories designer/buyer, such great taste.

    Love it :)

  • CMA

    April 8, 2011 | Reply

    youve got a great blog, keep it up!
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  • Carrie

    April 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Meagan,
    i love your DIY !
    Best Wishes from Germany
    Carrie :)

  • La Petite Olga

    April 8, 2011 | Reply

    Another great DIY!! Love it!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Silvia

    April 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hi, I loved this idea!

  • Talitha

    April 10, 2011 | Reply

    I got supplies today and made one following your tutorial, it turned out great! Now to hunt down some more lovely material & beads :)

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  • Kelly

    April 11, 2011 | Reply

    I love this! I’ve been wanting to do a hack of the Antrho version – I love that you used chiffon with some print/texture!

  • Fee

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    Wow! It looks gorgeous!

  • fyi

    April 12, 2011 | Reply

    love it! I recently had my first DIY project and made proenza schouler bracelets and now i’m looking for more. Check out the bracelets:


  • mmd janvier

    March 23, 2013 | Reply

    I super adore this necklace! It has the rustic-animalistic-raw chic to it! I am a jewelry designer and I can’t find anything wrong or anything to improve on this free-spirited pieces! I learned how to make jewelry by attending classes by Dragonfly Designs (http://www.jewelrybydfly.com)in South San Francisco. Now teens and moms can now learn jewelry making techniques like copper etching, enameling, stamping and drapping, bead stringing, wire work, resin pendants, finger knitting and hair jewelry!

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