How to Make Beaded Necklaces

Native Necklace

Make a traditional native necklace in honor of the original North Americans.

What You'll Need:

  • Ravel-free burlap scraps
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Thin wire
  • Beads
  • Ribbon

Step 1: Cut four different geometric shapes out of burlap. Sew around the edges so they don't unravel.

Step 2: Embroider the shapes with cross-stitches in geometric patterns. Use a different bright-colored thread for each pattern.

Step 3: Attach the burlap shapes with wire so that they hang down in a long line.

Step 4: Cut a piece of wide ribbon into fringe and sew on the bottom of the last shape. Sew a thin ribbon to each side of the top shape and tie in a knot; make sure the loop is long enough to pass over your head.

Step 5: Add more beads to hang down from the shapes with short pieces of wire if you like. Experiment with different shapes, and make necklaces for all your friends to wear.

Keep reading to learn how to make a necklace that will really light up the night.

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