Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Faux Wooden Bead Necklace-Beginner's Craft (older children)

If you made the napkin rings from the tutorial yesterday, I know you were looking at the beautiful kernels (and letting them slip through your fingers...it's so hard not to play!) wondering how else to display them effectively. How about an earthy yet elegant necklace? My boys did this for their grandmothers a few years ago and Grandmas loved them.

You Will Need:
  • Multicolor Corn Kernels
  • A Stout Needle
  • Thread
  • Thimble
  • Towel
  • Ribbon (optional)

1.) First you will need to soak some kernels over night, like you would dried beans.

2.) Thread the needle, I like to double over the thread for added strength. Then carefully push/pull the needle through the kernels as you would beads. This is where you will need the thimble to help push the needle and the towel to help pull it.

3.) When the strand is "beaded" long enough to be put on over your head, tie off and connect the ends. Of course you can use the jewelry making clasps if you have them...but I don't have them.

4.) Stitch a ribbon at the joint and tie a bow for added flair.

Just look how lovely and natural it is!


  1. Hey Lady! Saw the lovely comments you left on my blog and had to see what you are cooking...glad I stopped by --this is too cool! The ribbon adds such a special touch. Love it! If I see anygood corn laying around I'll have to try this out!

  2. Thanks for the great idea! I made my own necklace last night (and linked back to your blog)
    Kate :)


  3. Thanks for sharing! I am a crafter myself and I would love to feature your design at

    Would this be okay with you?


  4. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I didn't see your comment until now.

    Feel free to post my blog on your site at any time (as long as it's linked back to me of course :) )


  5. Hi Alison,

    We have featured your designs at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/2011/01/jewels-from-real-seeds.html
    Take a look. Do let your readers know that you have been featured ya! Thanks!