Beading Bonanza! 6 Fun Projects to make!

Hi friends! Creativity is a funny thing, the more you use it the more you have! If you don’t create often it can be hard to think of things to make when you sit down to craft. I am like that with jewelry if I haven’t made any in a while but I had the urge to play with beads the other day so I decided to get inspired from a kit! The necklace and earrings below can from the “Jaded” Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club. Everything I needed was right in the kit so I grabbed my 4-in-1 pliers (they send you those pliers, a bead mat and beading guide booklet for free when you subscribe to their kit club) and I sat on my porch on a beautiful summer day and beaded this! By the way this video is sponsored by Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month club! Click the link to get first kit for $9.99 (that’s 50% off) and the three free gifts I mentioned above! Use coupon code “FRUGAL”.


After making this project I decided to dig through my bead stash and come up with something similar using the basic layout of the pattern in the kit and I made this:


I like sparkly, chunky, glass beads in crazy colors so I went with those! I kept my earrings rainbow themed but didn’t put the on the chain because I thought my chunky chain would be too heavy. I also had a kit with 5 pairs of earrings that were great for quick fun projects and gifts and I also decided to use them as a jumping off point to create more earrings with my stash.  Watch the video and then grab your beads to see what you can make!

In the below photos you can see the earrings I made next to the inspiration pair from the Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club!


If you would like a beading kit delivered to your door every month consider the Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club. You will receive all of the supplies to make beautiful projects each month for $19.99 plus shipping and handling. If you don’t like a kit you can send it back within 21 days and owe nothing.  Sign up today and get 3 free gifts: 4-in-1 beading pliers, a velour beading mat and a beading guide as well as half off your first kit! Just remember to save all of those patterns that come with your kit to use with other supplies in the future, it’s the best way to get the most value of your Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club subscription. I hope you try some of the projects I shared with your bead stash and if you need any help with basic beading techniques you can refer to my basic beading techniques video here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!





All the Techniques to Make Most Beaded Jewelry in one Video!

Hi friends! I am so excited to share this video with you today! I compiled the most used techniques that you will need to make almost any beaded (strung) jewelry project in today’s video! I wanted it to be like a class that you can return to time and time again. That’s why I also included time stamped links to each technique in this blog post. You will be able to jump to the technique you need to know. I hope it is helpful to you!


I know this is a long video but I didn’t want to sacrifice techniques just to fit it into a short YouTube friendly video length. I do have a favor to ask though, if you like long, in-depth videos such as this please watch, like and share it. That way YouTube will see that content like this has value. Thanks so much! And now on to the video!

*Please note this video is a beginner introduction to jewelry making and does not cover bead stitching. If it did we’d be here all day LOL!

For your convenience I have time-stamped the techniques in this video for easy future reference. I hope you find this helpful and if you have any questions let me know in the comments!

Basic tools and supplies overview 2:43


  • #1 12:25 How to remove a kink or bend from a headpin and straighten wire.
  • #2 13:20 How to make a simple loop
  • #3 How to open and close a jump-ring. 15:10 Opening a jump ring. 16:08 Closing a jump-ring
  • #4 18:03 Adding an ear-wire to earrings
  • #5 19:20 How to make a wrapped loop (more secure than a simple loop)
  • #6 22:30 How to measure and cut chain
  • #7 24:49 How to attach clasps (for bracelets and necklaces)
  • #8 Techniques for working with chain: 27:27 How to attach chains. 30:22 How to make a chain tassel
  • #9 32:09 How and why to use bead caps
  • #10 How to attach crimp beads: 33:00 How to attach a crimp bead with any pliers and use a crimp cover. 35:52 How to attach a crimp bead with crimping pliers

I want to thank our sponsor Annie’s Simply Beads Kit-of-the-Month Club! I really enjoyed putting together the jewelry set I was wearing today. Join now and get 50% off your first month and 3 free gifts! Use coupon code “FRUGAL”.


Would you like to see more jewelry projects on my channel? Let me know what you want to learn in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make Jewely from Old Paintings!

Hi friends! I had a stack of half painted pictures (aka step outs from filming my Craftsy class) but I couldn’t bear to toss them. I figured I could swatch paint on the back or gesso over them and paint with acrylics on top but then it hit me! I could die cut them with tiny dies and turn them into unique light weight earrings! You could also use lightweight cardboard (cereal box weight) to make these if you don’t have old watercolor paper hanging around.


Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these. Use the small dies you have and make something truly unique!



*note if you don’t have embossing powder and clear ink you can use clear nail polish or any other clear sealer that is non toxic.
**Affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp used, thank you for your support!

If you want to see what the painting in the project came from check out my Craftsy Class at 50% off


Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to Make “Loop” Earrings!

Hi Friends! I hope you are having a good weekend! It is a holiday weekend in the states and many people get to enjoy a long weekend with Columbus Day tomorrow. It Is also a good sale weekend if you are looking for bargains. The thing I love most about this long weekend is that the leaves are in full fall glory. We went to Acadia Nation Park (in Bar Harbor, Maine) yesterday and it was beautiful. I will have to look through the photos I took and come up with a painting tutorial, I think I want to do a palette knife painting of birch trees. We will see! Tonight, though, I am going to share a tutorial on making continuous loop earrings:


These are fun to make and great for using up scraps of beading wire leftover from necklace and earring projects. I am using 7 strand Beadalon wire but any flexible stringing wire will work. Watch the video to see how it is done.


ear wires
small beads
crimp beads
needle nose pliers
flush cutter
clips to keep beads from slipping off the wire, I got a 6 pack at the dollar tree.

It is supposed to be nearly 70 on Monday, I can’t wait to get outside on a warm day, Maybe I will film a tutorial painting outside for you, what do you think? I hope you try these earrings, they are quite addicting to make and I can use up all of those small bits of wire I save after making bracelets. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make Swooshy Fish Dangle Earrings!

Hello Friends! I was inspired by a friends dangly earrings one day, I thought when I get a minute I am going to try something similar. Her earrings had long thin chains with a bead at the end of each. I used beads from my stash and cut lengths of chain to achieve the same effect! Do you want some swishy earrings for summer too? Well watch the tutorial and I’ll show you how to make them!

They takes longer than simple head-pin earrings but really the techniques are the same. I have another earring style I want to try, a copy of my favorite pair of earrings, and I think they are going to get made soon! Would you like to see more jewelry tutorials? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Summer Flip-Flop Earrings!

Ahhh, summer, the lazy days…I wish! I have been running non stop all summer. Last night I told my kids “that’s it, we are not going anywhere tomorrow, we are going to chill out at home!” then I remembered that I have a kids knitting class to teach that the library this afternoon, well, at least we can ride our bikes, mostly I’m sick of being a taxi service 😉 I couldn’t wait to make some jewelry with the new lampwork beads I got  from Oriental Trading Company this week. They have given me some products to try so if you check them out please tell ‘um Lindsay sent ya! I made a couple pairs of earrings and an adjustable anklet:

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The earrings are super easy, all you need are round nose pliers, a wire cutter, 20 gauge wire, 2 beads and ear-hooks. All of these supplies can be found cheaply at Oriental Trading if you do not have them already. This is a really basic project and if you are new to beading and wire work this video will show you how to properly manipulate the wire for strong, attractive and durable jewelry:

Pretty easy huh? The anklet is done much the same. When you put the flip-flop bead on the wire you can add larger beads of your choosing and when you make the top wrapped loop make it large enough for rat-tail cord to pass through and to attach 2 more dangles. To make the dangles take a lampworked headpin and slide on 2 beads. Make a right angle bend and the first part of your loop but don’t wrap it yet. Slide the wire through the loop on the first dangle then complete the loop and wrapping on the lampwork headpin. This will make strong connection because the loop is wrapped, not just closed. Repeat for the other headpin. Slide the completed bead cluster (use the large loop on the flip-flop dangle) on a piece of cord and make adjustable sliding knots on each end.  If you prefer a necklace use a longer cord!

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So back top my busy week, my daughters carpooled to horse camp with another mom each day saving me a lot of additional driving so as a thank you I gave her the earrings I made in the video;)

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That wraps it up for me today. I am going to enjoy this quiet morning before class and maybe help my kids with the Lincoln Log village they have set up in the living room. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Unleash Your Inner DIVA! {Make Disco-Diva Earrings!)

Happy Friday folks! TGIF! You can whip up these earrings in minutes and you will be ready for whatever fabulous adventure you have planned this weekend, even if it is just a trip to the grocery store (you might as well look pretty while you are picking out produce!) Watch this 4 minute video to see how!

My daughters want to make some of these this weekend, they are so fun and sparkly. The 10 yard roll of jewel ribbon is about $8 at Papermart. they also have glass rhinestone ribbon but I think that might be heavy for earrings. I can see many uses for this jewel ribbon from more jewelry to Halloween costume ideas (I have a feeling every girl is going to want to be a flapper this year!) and it is cheap enough to buy a couple of colors! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!