How to Make Beaded Necklaces

Radical Rickrack Necklace

You can make a radical rickrack necklace to match each of your favorite outfits. All you need is different colors of rickrack, brightly colored beads, small shells, and some thread, and you'll have a whole wardrobe of exciting jewelry.

What You'll Need:

  • Blue rickrack
  • Strong thread
  • Seed pearl beads
  • 18 to 22 small shells


  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Thimble

Step 1: Ask an adult to help you if you don't know how to sew. Cut a piece of thread about 56 inches long. Thread the needle so the thread is doubled and tie a knot in the end. Step 2: Make a couple of stitches in the very end of the rickrack to secure the thread. Poke the needle through the rickrack about 1/2 inch from the end. Pull the thread tight. The rickrack will fold into a little loop.Step 3: Put the needle through the rickrack a few times, about every 1/2 to 3/4 inch, along the length of the rickrack. Pull the thread tight again. You will have a few rickrack loops.Step 4: String two or three pearl beads on, then stitch a couple more rickrack loops. Repeat this step twice.Step 5: When the gathered rickrack is an inch long, add a shell. Poke your needle into the opening of a shell and push gently. Most small shells have thin walls and the needle should go through easily. Be careful not to poke your finger! You might want to use a thimble to protect your finger. If you can't easily poke through the shells, ask an adult to help you make tiny holes in them.Step 6: Pull the thread tight, being careful that it does not tangle around the shell or rickrack loops. Repeat Steps 2 through 5 until your necklace is about 22 inches long. Step 7: Cut the rickrack and stitch this end to the beginning of the necklace.

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