How to Make Christmas Jewelry


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Christmas can be the warmest and happiest season of the year for many people -- even though time always seems to be at a premium. Somehow, we always seem to find the time to create beautiful holiday crafts for those we love.

The holidays are also a time when we want to look our best and adorn ourselves in all things sparkly. In this article, we'll show you how to make Christmas jewelry that you'll want to wear all year long. Although the Christmas jewelry looks sophisticated, most is made by gluing.

You'll need jewelry findings. This is a term for a variety of ready-made metal components used as attachments and fastenings to assemble jewelry. They are usually made of inexpensive metal. Findings include pin backs, earring findings, barrel clasps, jump rings, and beading wire -- for our projects you will need a pin back and earrings findings. All of thes items are easily found in your local craft or hobby store.

In this article, we'll teach you about:

Christmas Cheer
  • Making Santa and Snow Pins
    Give your friends and family the Christmas gift of the season. Homemade Christmas-themed jewelry is always a big hit. Your favorite ladies will enjoy the Santa and snowmen-themed pins that they can put on blazers, coats, and shirts. Learn how to make them in this section.

  • Making Holiday Pins
    Show your Christmas spirit by showing off your homemade holiday pins. Pins make delightful Christmas gifts -- so why not create pins of gifts? In this section, we'll show you how to make present pins that look like presents. We also have a project for your kids with the "No Worry" Angel Pin. You don't want to miss this section.

  • Making Fine Necklaces
    Christmas is the time of the year to show a little glitz. We'll teach you how to make the ritz and glitz in this section. Making fine necklaces take a certain amount of skill -- this is not a Christmas craft for the faint of heart. With our step-by-step instructions, we'll guide you through making hematite and gold necklaces that are sure to catch your special someone's eye this holiday season.

  • Making Holiday Necklaces
    Ring in the spirit of the season with the fun and beautiful necklaces in this section. We'll show you how to turn ordinary marbles into a wearable work of art by creating Merry Marble Necklaces. Take special words, clip art, or pictures -- the possibilities are endless. In this section, we'll also show you how to make a snowman necklace that's sure to surprise and delight.

  • Making Christmas Bracelets
    The Christmas bracelets in this section range from very easy to somewhat skilled Christmas crafts. We start with Jingle Bells, a Christmas bracelet designed to be made by children. The simple steps and safe materials will make this craft easy for your youngsters to accomplish. Create a family tradition by making Christmas bracelets together. For those with a little more skill, we have beautiful bracelets that you won't want to take off on December 26.

Christmas is coming, so let's get started with santa and snow pins.

Making Santa and Snow Pins

Santa Claus is one of the most recognizable Christmas images. Snowmen are reminders of the playful parts of the Christmas season. You can bring the Christmas spirit around with you on your jewelry. In this section, we'll show you how to make santa and snowman Christmas pins.

Using Patterns

When individual project instructions direct you to cut out a shape according to the pattern, begin by downloading the pattern as a PDF. All patterns are at actual size, unless otherwise noted. Print the pattern from your computer.

If the pattern has an arrow with the word "fold" next to a line, it is a half pattern. Fold the printed pattern at the line. Then cut along the line, going through both layers of paper. Open for the full pattern.

To attach a pattern to felt, roll two-inch lengths of masking tape into circles with the adhesive side out. Attach the tape to the back of the pattern in several places. Place the pattern onto the felt, and cut through both the paper and felt layers along the lines. If you are using a half pattern, open the pattern and similarly tape it to the felt before cutting.

Santa's Puzzle Pin is a great Christmas gift and way to wear Santa-themed Christmas jewelry.
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Santa Puzzle Pin.

Santa Puzzle Pin

If you're a picture-puzzle fan, you've probably wondered what you're still doing with the pieces, now that the puzzles are finished and the appeal is gone. Here's an idea: Discarded puzzle pieces can be made into trendy costume jewelry for yourself -- and they're great as stocking stuffers or other gifts. Puzzle pins can be as simple or elaborate as you wish; it all depends on how you paint and decorate them. Show off your talent -- and your whimsical side.

You'll Need:
  • Puzzle piece
  • Acrylic paint: fleshtone, red, white pearl, black
  • Small round paintbrush
  • Thin-lead pencil
  • Waxed paper
  • 2-part polymer finish
  • Brush (for polymer finish)
  • 1-inch pin back
  • Toothpick
  • Jewelry glue
To Make Santa Puzzle Pin Jewelry:
  1. Paint puzzle piece with acrylic fleshtone paint, using small round paintbrush. Let dry. Apply a second coat.

  2. With pencil, mark hat line, eye, and mouth.

    With a pencil, mark in the face on the Santa Puzzle Pin Christmas jewelry.
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    With a pencil, mark in the face.

  3. Paint hat with red; apply 2 coats.

  4. Build up acrylic white pearl paint on hat band and hat tassel.

    Paint hat tassel with white pearl paint to make Santa-themed Christmas jewelry.
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    Paint hat tassel with white pearl paint.

  5. Draw lines with acrylic white pearl paint for beard, hair, and mustache. Let dry.

    Dry white lines for Santa's beard on Santa-themed puzzle pin to make Christmas jewelry.
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    Dry white lines for Santa's beard.

  6. Paint eye and lashes in acrylic black paint. Paint mouth in acrylic red paint with an outline in acrylic black. After black paint of eye has dried, apply a small dot of acrylic white pearl paint as a highlight.

  7. Place puzzle piece on waxed paper. Following manufacturer's directions, mix 2-part polymer finish. Using brush, apply a thin coat to puzzle piece. Let dry 4 hours. Apply a second coat and let dry overnight.

  8. Glue on pin back, using toothpick to apply jewelry glue.

    Glue pin onto the back of Santa puzzle pin to make Christmas jewelry.
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    Glue pin onto the back.

Nip in the Air Snowman Pin is a Christmas gift that you can make. Give Christmas jewelry to your friends.
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Nip in the Air Snowman Pin.

Nip in the Air Snowman Pin

Tuck a cozy snowman pin inside a special friend's stocking. It will help take away the chill of winter when it's pinned on a warm coat or heavy sweater.

You'll Need:

  • 2-inch wood snowman cutout
  • Hand drill, 3/16-inch drill bit
  • Acrylic paints: white, black, cardinal red, pumpkin, copen blue
  • Toothpick
  • Scrap of red fabric
  • Bar pin, 1/2-inch long
  • Paintbrush
  • Stylus
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire cutter
To Make Nip in the Air Snowman Pin Jewelry:
  1. Drill a small hole 1/4-inch deep in center of snowman's face.

    Drill a tiny hole to make the snowman pin.
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    Drill a tiny hole.

  2. Basecoat body of snowman with white paint. Paint back and sides of body and be careful not to close up hole. Let dry. Basecoat front, back, and sides of hat with black paint. Allow to dry. Dot red cheeks and blue eyes on face with stylus. Dot 2 black buttons on body. Use black paint to dab 5 dots from cheek to cheek for smile on snowman's face.

    Paint front of snowman pin.
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    Paint front of snowman.

  3. Paint one end of toothpick with pumpkin paint. Cut 1/4 inch off from end when dry. Dab a small amount of craft glue in hole on snowman's face. Insert cut end of toothpick in hole.

    Cut off end of toothpick to make a snowman pin as a nice Christmas jewelry.
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    Cut off end of toothpick.

  4. Glue scrap of red fabric around snowman's neck. Use hot glue to secure bar pin to back of snowman below scarf.

    Glue fabric scarf to the snowman pin to create Christmas jewelry.
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    Glue fabric scarf to the snowman pin.

A Gaggle of Snow People Pins. These Christmas jewelry pins make great Christmas gifts.
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A Gaggle of Snow People Pins.

A Gaggle of Snow People Pins

Why decorate your coat with only one pin when you can have an amusing group of great snow people?

You'll Need:
  • 1 sheet clear shrink plastic
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper (#230 to #320)
  • #03 black permanent marker
  • Acrylic paint: white, purple, midnight blue
  • #3 watercolor paintbrush
  • Permanent felt markers: carmine red, green, yellow, crimson red
  • Nonstick cookie sheet
  • Spatula
  • Clear gloss acrylic spray
  • 3 adhesive pin backings
To Make A Gaggle of Snow People Pins:
  1. Download and print the snowman pin pattern. Cut a piece of plastic slightly larger than each pattern. Use sandpaper to roughen 1 side of plastic by sanding lightly in 1 direction; this will make paint adhere.

  2. Place a piece of plastic over a pattern. Use #03 black marker to outline the snow person on plastic. Remove pattern. Repeat for all patterns.

    Outline the pattern on plastic to make snowmen pins as Christmas jewelry.
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    Outline the pattern on plastic.

  3. Thin white paint with water to a wash consistency, and paint a thin coat on snow people's bodies. Let dry. Thin purple and midnight blue paints to wash consistency with water, and paint tall hat midnight blue and shorter hat purple. Let dry.

  4. Use felt markers to color in noses, scarves, tie, purse, and hat brim of tall hat. (See finished picture for color placement.) Stroke colors on, avoiding overlapping strokes. Add details with black marker, and touch up outline if necessary.

    Outline the pattern on plastic to make snowman pins.
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    Use felt markers to color
    the hat and scarf.

  5. Cut out snow people.

  6. Bake on cookie sheet in 250-degree oven, painted side up. Snow people will shrink in 3 to 5 minutes. Wait until piece is about nickel thickness, then remove from oven. Use a spatula to remove from tray, and hold flat on spatula until cool (several seconds).

    Use a spatula to remove snowman pins from tray.
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    Use a spatula to remove
    snowman from tray.

  7. Spray the front (painted side) of each snow person with clear acrylic spray. Let dry for a few hours.

  8. Remove adhesive from pin backings, and stick 1 to back of each snow person.

    Stick adhesive pin back to make Snowman pin Christmas jewelry.
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    Stick adhesive pin back.

We'll talk about how to make angel pins in the next section.

Making Holiday Pins

In this section, we bring you two different ends of the holiday spectrum. We'll teach you how to make angel pins, an easy Christmas craft that you can do with your children. Then, we'll show you how to make beautiful gift pins that your friends and family will love to receive as presents.

Both of these Christmas crafts require that you download a pattern. See the previous page for a refresher on
how to download and use patterns.


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"No Worry" Angel Pin.

"No Worry" Angel Pin

You'll never run into trouble when you have a Christmas angel on your shoulder. These delightful pins can be created
safely by small hands. This is a great Christmas craft to construct with your kids. We've included delightful illustrations to further entice your little ones.

You'll Need:
  • Five 25/8-inch toothpicks
  • Embroidery floss: white, pink, beige, yellow
  • 10-inch length gold tinsel stem
  • 11/2-inch pin back
To Make "No Worry" Angel Pin Jewelry:
  1. With help from an adult, cut off and throw away 5/8 inch from each end of one toothpick. Use a pencil to make a mark 5/8 inch from one end. This is the body. Set aside.

  2. Use two more toothpicks to make the legs. Cut off and throw away 5/8 inch from one end of each. For the arms, use the remaining two toothpicks. Cut off and throw away 13/4 inches from one end of each.

  3. Glue one leg toothpick to each side of the body, with the pointed ends even with the pencil mark on the body toothpick. Apply a dot of glue to the pencil mark on the body, and place the end of the white floss into the glue.

  4. Wrap the floss around the toothpicks, row after row, working your way down. Stop wrapping 1/2 inch from the end of the legs. Cut the floss, and glue the end in the back.

    Wrap the floss down the body of the angel pin.
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    Wrap the floss down the body.

  5. With the pink floss, use the gluing and wrapping method from Steps 3 and 4 to completely wrap each arm. Glue the arms to the sides of the body, lining up the top of each with the top of the white floss. To make the shoulders, start wrapping the white floss just above the pencil mark, stopping about 1/4 inch below the mark. (It will cover the tops of the arms.) Cut the floss, and glue the end in the back.

    The pink floss makes the arms for the angel pin.
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    Use the pink floss to make the arms.

  6. To make the head, wrap beige floss around the top of the body toothpick. Continue making layers, working rows up to the top until the head is approximately 3/8-inch thick. Cut the floss, and glue the end in the back.

  7. For hair, cut eight 4-inch lengths of yellow floss. Align the ends, then fold the lengths in half. Apply glue to the top of the head and place the folded middles in the glue, covering the top and back of the head with floss. Trim hair to the same length all around. Use the trimmed floss to make short bangs and glue in place.

    Glue the hair of the yellow floss to the angel's head.
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    Glue the hair of the yellow
    floss to the angel's head.

  8. For the halo, cut a 1-inch length of tinsel stem and wrap it around a pencil. Remove and glue to the top of the head.

  9. Use the remaining tinsel stem for the wings. Download and print the angel pin pattern here. Bend a 41/2-inch length of the tinsel stem into its wing shape. Repeat for other wing.

    Bend the tinsel into the wing's shape.
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    Bend the tinsel into the wing's shape.

  10. Glue the wings to the back of the angel. Then glue the pin back to the back of the angel. It's easy to make variations on the angel by simply using a different color of floss and/or painting the legs.

Pretty Present Pins make great Christmas gifts.
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Pretty Present Pins

Pretty Present Pins

What could be a better gift than a miniature version of, well, a gift? These pretty pins are perfect presents for all your favorite people.

You'll Need:
  • Shrink plastic
  • Pencil
  • Fine-tip permanent black felt pen
  • Permanent felt pens: red, white, metallic gold
  • Scissors
  • Jewelry glue
  • Adhesive pin backing
To Make Pretty Present Pin Jewelry:
  1. Downloand and print out present pin pattern. Place a piece of shrink plastic over the patterns and trace them onto the plastic with a pencil. Remove pattern, and retrace outline with black felt pen.

    Retrace outline with black felt pen.
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    Retrace outline with black felt pen.

  2. Color presents with colored felt pens. (Note: Do not use metallic gold until after plastic has been shrunk.)

    Color presents with felt pens.
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    Color presents with felt pens.

  3. Cut out the presents. Follow manufacturer's instructions to heat shrink plastic in your oven.

  4. When pieces have cooled, turn them over so the shiny side faces up. Add metallic gold. When dry, glue small present to large present.

  5. Apply adhesive pin back to back of large present.

    Apply adhesive pin to back.
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    Apply adhesive pin to back.

In the next section, we'll show you how to make fine necklaces.

Making Fine Necklaces

Christmas is the time to wear great jewelry. With the numerous parties throughout the season, you'll have plenty of opportunities to show off your neckline. In this section, we'll show you how to make beautiful fine necklaces that you'll want to wear everywhere.

Hematite and Gold Tassel Necklace makes great Christmas jewelry.
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Hematite and Gold Tassel Necklace

Hematite and Gold Tassel Necklace

Elegance and beauty are combined in this stunning necklace. Reminiscent of the Twenties, this gift will captivate your mom, sister, or best friend. Stringing beads may be time consuming, but look at how lovely the results are. You might want to double the amount of beads you buy just in case you can't part with the finished necklace -- then you can make two.

You'll Need:
  • 3 tablespoons hematite-color seed beads, 10 degrees
  • 1 tablespoon matte gold seed beads, 10 degrees
  • 3 tablespoons hematite-color bugle beads, 4.5mm
  • 35 round hematite stone beads, 4mm each
  • 2 round hematite stone beads, 6mm each
  • 10 round hematite stone beads, 8mm each
  • 1 round hematite stone bead, 10 mm
  • 1 gold split ring
  • Gold fluted endcap, about 7/8 x 1/2 inch
  • 2 gold oystershell endtips
  • 1 gold necklace clasp
  • 1 gold eyepin, 2 inches
  • Seed beading needle
  • Nylon seed beading thread
  • Instant-set glue
  • Beeswax (optional)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round-tipped pliers
To Make Hematite and Gold Tassel Necklaces:
  1. Mix together hematite and gold seed beads and use them randomly unless otherwise noted. Do not mix in bugle beads. To make tassel fringes, thread nylon beading thread directly from spool onto needle. Wax beading thread if desired.Using the thread single, string about 31/4 inches of seed beads, a 4mm hematite bead, and 3 hematite seed beads. Skipping the last 3 beads, thread needle back through all other beads. Cut thread from spool 4 inches from last bead. Repeat until you have 17 fringes.

    Skip the last three beads to make the hematite and gold tassel necklace.
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    Skip the last three beads.

  2. Open eye of eyepin and set aside. Divide tassel fringes into a group of 9 and a group of 8. Arrange fringes so they line up at top. Holding a group in each hand, tie thread ends together in a square knot, stopping after first half of knot to adjust fringe lengths. Finish square knot, making sure knot is as close to beads as possible. Tie thread ends around open eye of eyepin with another square knot. Drench knots with glue. Let dry. Close eye of eyepin. Trim thread ends to about 1/8 inch from knot. Thread eyepin through fluted endcap, pulling knots and tops of fringes inside endcap. Thread 10 mm hematite bead onto eyepin. Trim wire to about 7mm from end of bead. Using round-tipped pliers, turn a loop in end of wire. Slip loop into split ring.

    Tie threads together to make hematite and gold necklace.
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    Tie threads together.

  3. When stringing necklace, use seed beads randomly, and put in a few bugle beads occasionally. Always separate bugle beads with a seed bead. Cut a 72-inch length of seed beading thread and use doubled. String beads, repeating instructions between brackets as indicated: 3 inches of seed and bugle beads, [a 4mm hematite bead, an 8mm hematite bead, a 4mm hematite bead, 11/2 inches of seed and bugle beads] 4 times, a 4mm hematite bead, an 8mm hematite bead, a 6mm hematite bead. Take beading thread through split ring, on tassel. This is the center of the necklace. Thread second half of necklace to mirror first half. Adjust thread so ends are equally long at each end of necklace.

    String beads to make hematite and gold necklace.
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    String beads.

  4. The remaining strands of necklace will run through hematite stone beads that are already on first strand. Cut another 72-inch length of thread and using thread double, string beads: 3 inches of seed and bugle beads, [take thread through the 4mm hematite bead, 8mm hematite bead, and 4mm hematite bead, which are already strung on first strand; then on the new strand only, string 11/2 inches of seed and bugle beads] 4 times. Take thread through 3 hematite beads and split ring at center of necklace. Thread second half of necklace to mirror first half. Adjust thread so ends are equally long at each end of necklace.

  5. Repeat step 4 with a third strand of beading thread.

  6. Thread all 6 thread ends at an end of necklace into an oystershell beadtip, so that oystershell opens away from beads. Separate strands in half, and tie them together into a square knot, tightening knot so it nestles into open oystershell. Thread half of the strands through a seed bead. Pick up remaining strands, and tie another square knot around seed bead. Drench knots with glue. Let dry. Trim ends close to knot.

    Tie a square knot around the seed bead to make hematite and gold necklace.
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    Tie a square knot around the bead.

  7. Use pliers to squeeze oyster-shell closed around knots and seed bead. Hang half of necklace clasp from hook on oystershell beadtip. Use round-tipped pliers to close hook into a loop.

    Use pliers to squeeze oyster-shell closed to make hematite and gold necklace, a great piece of Christmas jewelry.
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    Use pliers to squeeze oyster-shell closed.

  8. Repeat Step 6 for second half of necklace.

Black Facet Necklace is a beautiful necklace to give as a Christmas present.
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Black Facet Necklace.

Black Facet Necklace

What a wonderful treasure to find in your stocking on Christmas morning. This dazzling beaded necklace looks elaborate yet is easy to make. It's the perfect complement to any special occasion outfit.

What You'll Need
  • 3 gold bails, 7mm
  • 3 black facet pendants, 9 x 32mm
  • 6 gold eye pins, 2-inches long
  • 4 gold jump rings, 6mm
  • 85 black facet beads, 4mm
  • 79 gold facet beads, 4mm
  • 79 crystal facet beads, 4mm
  • 1 black facet bicone bead, 16 x 18mm
  • 10 black facet bicone beads, 10 x 13mm
  • 20 gold flower spacers, 8mm
  • 2 gold fluted endcaps, 7/8 x 1/2-inches
  • 1 necklace clasp
  • 64 inches waxed linen cord or beading cord
  • Wire cutter
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
To Make Black Facet Necklaces:
  1. Attach bails to pendants. Insert bail ends into pendant holes and gently squeeze to secure.

    Attach bails to pendants to make black facet necklaces.
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    Attach bails to pendants.

  2. Pendant Dangles: Use wire cutter to trim 1/4-inch from end of 1 eye pin. Trim 1/2-inch from end of another eye pin. Use round-nose pliers to turn a small loop at the end of the 2 trimmed eye pins and at the end of 1 untrimmed eye pin. Use needle-nose pliers to open a jump ring. Slip bail of 1 pendant and eye of 1 eye pin on jump ring. Close jump ring with needle-nose pliers. Repeat with remaining 2 eye pins and pendants.

    Use pliers to turn a small loop.
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    Use pliers to turn a small loop.

  3. Beaded Eye Pin: Thread the following beads on an eye pin: 4mm black bead, flower spacer, 4mm black bead, 16 x 18mm bicone bead, 4mm black bead, flower spacer, and a 4mm black bead. Trim eye pin, leaving 1/4-inch from end of last bead. Turn a small loop at end of eye pin. Loop should be snug against last bead.

    Thread the beads onto an eye pin.
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    Thread the beads onto an eye pin.

  4. Open a jump ring. Thread 3 pendant dangles and beaded eye pin on jump ring to form the necklace pendant. Close jump ring. Cut two 32-inch pieces of waxed linen cord. Thread both cord pieces through the eye of necklace pendant and center on cord. Set aside two 4mm black beads. Mix together the remaining 4mm black, crystal, and gold beads to use in a random pattern for the necklace.

    Thread pendant dangles through jump ring to make black facet necklace.
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    Thread pendant dangles
    through jump ring.

  5. Thread the following bead pattern on one half of necklace: On each strand of cord, string eleven 4mm beads. Then thread both strands through a flower spacer, a 10 x 13mm bicone bead, and another flower spacer. Repeat 3 more times. After bead pattern is complete, thread 14 more 4mm beads on each strand of cord. Thread both strands through a flower spacer and a 10 x 13mm bicone bead to complete one half of necklace.

    Thread the bead pattern over half the necklace to make black facet necklace.
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    Thread the bead pattern over
    half of the necklace.

  6. Open the eye of 1 eye pin. Thread ends of both beaded strands (from completed half of necklace) through open eye and tie strand ends in a double knot. Secure knots with a dab of glue. Trim cord to about 1/8-inch from knots. Thread eye pin through a fluted endcap, making sure the bicone bead is snug against the wide end of endcap. Then thread a 4mm black bead on the eye pin. Trim eye pin, leaving 1/4-inch from end of last bead. Turn a loop at end of eye pin. Do not close loop yet. Thread eye of one half of necklace clasp on loop before closing it completely. Close loop, making sure it is snug against last bead.

    Thread eye pin through fluted endcap to make black fluted necklace.
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    Thread eye pin through fluted endcap.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for other half of necklace.
In the next section, we'll show you how to make fun necklaces to show off your holiday spirit.

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.

Making Christmas Bracelets

It's easy to appreciate the cheer of the holidays when you're wearing a special Christmas bracelet. Bracelets are great to receive and perfect for gift giving. In this article, we'll teach you and your kids how to make special Christmas bracelets that make great presents.

Jingle Bells is a Christmas craft that kids can make themselves,
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Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells

This is a simple holiday project that most school-age children can do themselves. With a minimum of materials and just a small investment of time, your kids will be sporting a colorful, festive look. Also, the bells will let you know if they are sneaking into the Christmas packages ahead of time.

You'll Need:

  • 12 inches red grosgrain ribbon, 3/8 inch wide
  • 4 jingle bells, 18mm each
  • 11 green barrel-shaped pony beads
  • 8 inches gold elastic cord
  • Scissors
  • Anti-fraying glue
To Make Jingle Bells Bracelets:
  1. Thread 12 inches of red ribbon and 8 inches of gold cord through the jingle bell, centering each.

  2. Thread 11 pony beads onto each side of the jingle bell on the gold cord. Pull the ends of the gold cord and tie in a square knot.

    Pull the ends of the cord to tie in a square knot.
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    Pull the ends of the cord
    to tie in a square knot.

  3. Trim the ends and apply anti-fraying glue. Hide the knot inside the beads.

  4. Tie the ribbon into a bow. Trim the ends diagonally and apply anti-fraying glue to the cut edges.

    Tie ribbon into a bow.
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    Hide knot inside beads.
    Then, trim ends diagnolly.

Frosty Friends is a beautiful snowman-themed Christmas bracelet.
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Frosty Friends

Frosty Friends

These beaded buddies will add sparkle to your arms.

You'll Need:

  • Flat circular ceramic beads
  • Acrylic paint: assorted colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Fine-tipped colored permanent markers
  • Ultrafine glitter
  • Sealer
  • Wire
  • Assorted small beads
  • Clear craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon scraps, 1/4 inch wide
To Make Frosty Friends Bracelets:
  1. Paint 3 flat beads with white acrylic paint; let dry. Add eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons with assorted colors of paint; let dry. Dot mouth with marker. Let dry.

  2. Mix ultrafine glitter with sealer, and brush mixture over 1 side of each bead. Let dry.

  3. String 5 inches of assorted beads onto 9 inches of thin wire. Bend wire into a loop, placing beads in middle of wire, and slide a bead on both wires to secure loop. String on snowman beads in order: head, body, bottom. Place glue between snowman beads. Add another decorative bead below snowman, and twist wire below bead to secure. Let glue dry.

    String beads onto wire to make snowman-themed Christmas bracelet.
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    String beads onto wire.

  4. Cut 5 inches of ribbon, and tie it around snowman's neck for a scarf.

Angelic Charm Bracelet is an angel-themed bracelet. This Christmas jewelry makes a great Christmas gift.
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Angelic Charm Bracelet

Angelic Charm Bracelet

You'll Need:
  • Bracelet-size memory wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round- or needle-nose pliers
  • 2 silver jingle bells
  • 7 to 12 silver jump rings
  • Silver spacer beads
  • Green and red glass beads (various sizes and types)
  • 5 to 10 silver angel charms
To Make Angelic Charm Bracelets:
  1. Cut a piece of memory wire about 3 loops in length. Use round-nose pliers to bend an end of wire into a small circle. Add a bell on a silver jump ring to loop. Close circle with pliers.

    Close circle with pliers.
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    Close circle with pliers.

  2. Thread a silver spacer on wire, then thread 1 to 11/2 inches of green beads onto wire. Add another spacer and a charm on a jump ring. Add another spacer. Thread on 1 to 11/2 inches of red beads, 2 spacers, and then green beads. Continue adding beads and charms to last 1/4 inch of wire.

  3. Twist end of wire into a small loop, and add another bell on a jump ring. Close circle.

    Jewelry Tip!
    Bracelet memory wire comes in different sizes. Use whichever size you prefer to wear or give.

Gifts that come in small packages are always a big hit. Now that you know how to make Christmas jewelry, you'll have enough gift ideas to last you all season. Just remember to wrap up something sparkly for yourself.

ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERS:

Santa Puzzle Pin by: Marie Lefevre
Nip in the Air Snowman Pin by: Maria Nerius
A Gaggle of Snow People Pins by: Phyllis Dunstan
"No Worry" Angel Pin by: Cindy Groom Harry and Staff
Pretty Present Pins by: Phyllis Dunstan
Hematite and Gold Tassel Necklace by: Suzann Designs
Black Facet Necklace by: Suzann Thompson
Merry Marble Necklaces by: Amy Belonio
Heavenly Angel Necklace by: Dee Dee Triplett
Jingle Bells by: Janelle Hayes
Frosty Friends by: Amy Belonio
Angelic Charm Bracelet by: Debba Haupert