My daughter and I had such a fun time making this necklace – she picked out the beads, tied the knots, and then modeled it, too!
Beads with a large hole opening – this makes it so much easier for kids to thread the beads themselves.
Ribbon – almost any kind will do.
It helps when making jewelry to do a little planning first. Pick out the beads you want to use and place them in a line as to how you want them to appear. Especially when you are using beads of various colors and sizes, you’ll want to make sure that the final result looks balanced. Generally your biggest beads will go in the center and each side will get progressively smaller. But don’t feel like you have to be locked in to that – random works, too!
Start with a fairly long piece of ribbon. You don’t want to run out half way through your masterpiece, and the knots can take up a decent amount of length. I suggest at least a full yard, up to two yards if you want your final necklace to be long rather than short like the one we made.
Depending on how large your bead holes are, you might want to trim the end of the ribbon like this. It makes it easier to get though the bead holes.
Tie a knot about 14 inches from one end of the ribbon. Then slide a bead on the long end, tying another knot right next to the other side of the bead. You can see the store bought necklace I printed out as a helping guide for my daughter as she was making hers.
Keep adding and tying knots in between the beads until you are all done. Be sure to add that last knot on the end of the last bead. Cut the ribbon so that the two end lengths are about the same.
Now tie it on and look extra adorable!