Making Holiday Necklaces

Ring in the spirit of the season with a fun necklace. It's the perfect way to show your holiday cheer. Or, share the joy by giving friends and family special homemade Christmas necklaces.

In this section, we'll teach you how to make holiday necklaces. With a little hard work, these Christmas crafts can turn into real family keepsakes.

Merry Marble Necklaces make beautiful Christmas jewelry.
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Merry Marble Necklaces

Merry Marble Necklaces

These fun necklaces are a charming way to highlight your Christmas cuties.

You'll Need:
  • Photos, images, words
  • Clear, flat, glass decorative marbles
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • Craft knife
  • Pendant tails
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Jump rings
  • Crystal beads
  • Eyepins
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose or jewelry pliers
  • 2 small charms
  • Chain necklace
To Make Merry Marble Necklaces:
  1. Resize favorite photos or images so they fit behind marbles. Print out words on your computer to make word bubbles on cardstock, or buy scrapbooking words that fit size of marbles. Cut out photos, images, and words. You'll need 3 per necklace. Test them under marbles; glass acts as a magnifier so you may need to make them smaller. Hot glue photos, images, and words to flat side of marbles. Press firmly for a few seconds until dry. Trim excess cardstock with craft knife. (Craft knife is for adult use only.)

    Hot glue photos to the flat side of marbles to make Christmas jewelry.
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    Hot glue photos to the flat side of marbles.

  2. Turn marbles over so rounded side is down. Hot glue a pendant tail to each marble back. Paint back of charm with silver paint; let dry. Attach a jump ring to top of each pendant tail.

  3. Create mini bead charms by threading beads onto eyepins, and trim eyepin, leaving enough wire to create loop with pliers. Attach a jump ring to each eyepin loop and both charms.

    Create loop with pliers to make Merry Marble Necklace.
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    Create loop with pliers.

  4. Place charms and beads across middle front of chain necklace. Attach jump rings through individual chain links, and close jump rings with pliers.

    Close jump rings with pliers.
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    Close jump rings with pliers.

Encircled by Snowmen Necklace is a great Christmas craft. Give homemade Christmas jewelry.
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Encircled by Snowmen Necklace

Encircled by Snowmen Necklace

Accent your winter wardrobe with this fun and easy-to-make necklace. It brings a new meaning to wearing ice.

You'll Need:
  • Paintbrushes: sponge, fine
  • Acrylic paint: white, black, orange
  • 12 round wood beads, 1 inch each
  • Waxed paper
  • Round-head pin
  • Straight pins
  • Paper plate
  • 36 gold beads, 8mm each
  • 48 red faceted beads, 1/2 inch each
  • 1 yard elastic string
To Make Encircled by Snowmen Necklaces:

  1. With sponge brush, paint wood beads white. Place beads on waxed paper to dry.

  2. Dip ball of round-head pin into black paint, and dot eyes and mouth on each wooden bead. Repeat on back of beads. Poke a straight pin around edge of paper plate, and place bead onto pin head. Let dry.

    Place painted white snowmen around paper plate to dry.
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    Place painted beads around
    paper plate to dry.

  3. When paint is dry, use fine brush to paint orange carrot noses on faces.

    Paint nose with a fine brush to make a snowman necklace.
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    Paint nose with a fine brush.

  4. To string necklace, thread 1 gold bead, 2 red beads, 1 gold bead, 2 red beads, 1 gold bead, and 1 snowman head on elastic. Repeat until all beads have been used. Tie string ends into a double knot to secure.

    Tie string ends into a double knot to make snowmen jewelry.
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    Tie string ends into a double knot.

In the final section, we'll show you how to make pretty Christmas bracelets.