Lots of FUN with Beads! Watercolor Locket Palette Necklace, Boho Wrap Bracelet, a Handmade Travel Journal & More!

Hi friends! I have been having so much fun with jewelry making lately! And I have a lot of project ideas to share today! This blog post is sponsored by Solid OAK Inc. They have gorgeous jewelry making supplies and great prices, and they are giving my blog readers 20% off their orders of $10 or more with coupon code FRUGAL20 through 8/31/18. They also offer free USA shipping over $50 (after discounts) or a USA $5 flat rate shipping below that amount. They do ship worldwide and international shipping rates apply. First up is a project that has gotten a lot of attention from my Instagram followers today: A watercolor locket and travel journal!


When you open the locket you have paints and a small mixing area and the back of the watch charm is another mixing area.


I used white duct tape for the mixing area (my hand cutting skills are remedial LOL!) but you could also use white nail polish for that!


Think of all of the fun to be had here! I though with this project it would be easier to show you how to make it in a video rather than writing, so check out this tutorial on making the watercolor palette and watercolor book!

Supplies for the watercolor locket and book set:

  • Metal book locket
  • Long chain
  • White polymer clay (Sculpey 3)
  • Watercolor paper 6″x9″ Aquabee scored in half and cut in 3rds
  • Cardboard
  • Vinyl or oilcloth for the cover (you could use felt or leather as well but I opted for a waterproof fabric)
  • Heavy duty hole punch or awl
  • Adhesive sheet like Score tape or Stick it
  • Rotary cutter or craft knife and craft mat
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder/butter knife or score pal
  • Satin, cloth, elastic or preferred cording 
  • Octopus eye pendant for closure
  • Waterbrush
  • Copper wire for attaching the mermaid pendent to the waterbrush
  • Bird charm with flapping wings
  • Clock charm (back was used as 2nd mixing area)
  • White duck tape or white nail polish for making the mixing areas

As for the 4 colors I picked to go in my minimal palette, I went with Phthalo Blue, Hansa Yellow Light, Quin Magenta and Burnt Sienna as I can mix what I need from those.


This next project was fun and I learned a new way to make a bracelet!


I have typically shied away from stringing projects with small beads because my eyes would get so strained, but I recently discovered the magnifier in my “third hand” tool was perfect for helping me see the tiny bead holes. All of the instructions for this bracelet came in the box with all of the supplies for $10… you can’t beat that! Since I didn’t design it I am not sharing a tutorial. Besides, I couldn’t explain it as well as the instructions in the kit.


A clip board held my project taut so I could easily wrap the strings and beads around the main cords. This triple wrap bracelet kit contains everything you need to make this bracelet along with really detailed instructions (that I am saving to use with some of my stash!) The only other thing I needed was nail polish to stiffen the ends of the thread so I could bead without a needle. It took me about 3 hours to make this bracelet while watching TV. I am going to use bigger beads and maybe only do one wrap when I try it again with stuff from my stash. One change I made was adding this charm to the end of the bracelet, and I did trim my cords because I have a small wrist and there was too much excess (and I am keeping this bracelet for myself!)


This final set was really fun, and all it took was a couple of deer antler charms for the earrings and elk skull pendant for the necklace, some fine gold chain, a few headpins and jump rings and a clasp and some stone beads from my stash.



  1. Cut chain to desired length.
  2. Slide chain through antlers and secure the charm in the center of the necklace with a jump ring.
  3. Attach clasp to chain ends.
  4. Slide the beads you want to use on headpins and make simple loops. Attach them to short pieces of chain from 1/4″ to 1/2″ long and then attach those dangles to the chain between the antlers so the beads dangle under the dear head.

I hope you give these projects a try, and visit our sponsor Solid Oak Inc for your jewelry supply needs! Remember to use the coupon code FRUGAL20 for 20% off your order over $10 now through 8/31/18. Oh, one more thing, I also wanted to let you know that they are hosting a social sharing contest through the end of the year, people can post their projects made with Solid Oak products on social media for a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates! All the details for the contest are here.

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