Thrifted and Updated {Wood Bead Necklaces}

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Many thanks for all your lovely comments on the book clutch, there will be a tutorial soon, so stay tune. 

You will remember the wood bead necklace I was wearing for my Kew Gardens styling post. I mentioned it was thrifted and updated. And it is probably the laziest DIY project I have ever done, but it is quite nice sometimes to have a quick solution handy. 

So here is the necklace I bought for less than £2 at my local charity shop. I have been on the hunt for a wood bead necklace since I pinned this inspiration picture (the homepage picture for one of my DIY boards). I could not believe how many beads I could get for that price, and I also loved the fact they were of different sizes. 

It stayed untouched until I found some leather string at my local John Lewis. 

I decided for the Kew Gardens styling not to paint the beads as I did not want too many colours and wanted to keep the look natural. So it was a case of getting the beads, choosing the biggest ones, and make a new necklace, et voila! Yep, I love to be lazy too. 

There may be a golden version coming soon though... I have been doing some painting today and beads were given a golden glow for a future styling...  

It is amazing what you can do with a chopstick and sellotape! 

On a side note, I am catching up with all the posts of the weekend as I was in Paris - first weekend without Baby MiH!! More on what I came back with later this week! Hope you are all having a great start to the week!


  1. Great necklace - I love a lazy DIY! I saw a cool tutorial for pom poms with a flower pattern this weekend and I was really tempted to try making them (except I didn't have any yarn). Can't wait to see how the beads turn out with their gold shimmer!

  2. Dang! I knew I shouldn't have got rid of those beads.

  3. It may not have seemed like much work, but what you did to this necklace transformed it completely - and the result is wonderful.

  4. You are amazing what you can do to restyle items. Love it!

  5. I love the gold painted bead... look forward to seeing how it turns out. I also love wooden beads in general... I've had my eye on this wooden bead necklace for a while :

    But upcycling one is even better!

  6. Oh you lucky duck, zippin' off to Paris. I bet you missed baby but had some lovely couple time with Mr. H. Terrific upcycle!