We love Fall around here. The cooling down from a super hot summer, the change of colors of the trees, and the somewhat slower pace of life.
For the first time, we decided to tackle the fall theme and make some useful and practical fall crafts: fall themed jewelry and fall themed hair accessories.
Basic Fall Beaded Necklace with a Central Focus Piece
Lets start with the fiery orange necklace that my daughter Sarah created. Isn’t that center metallic piece with the orange leaves just stunning?
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First, we went to Hobby Lobby and looked for two things:
- What was on sale – all our components, except for the toggle clasps which we call ‘findings’, was 50% off.
- What made us think of fall.
Sarah immediately found the metallic pieces and then the swirled orange beads. She then added the second set of slightly transparent beads to add texture to the final necklace.
I looked around a bit and found the beading wire for half off. The findings (the toggle clasps and crimp beads) were full price – but since the toggle clasps were the most expensive item, we got it using Hobby Lobby’s 40% off coupon! We used gold colored wire and findings.
The complete list then is:
- Fall themed centerpiece
- Fall themed beads
- Beading wire (28 gauge)
- Findings (toggle clasps and crimp beads)
- Pliers or jewelry tools
Click here to find jewelry wire and tools on Amazon.
Click here to browse findings on Amazon.
How To – Steps To Create The Necklace
1 – Clear The Workspace
I love to start with a clean workspace. Since we don’t have room in our house for a separate place, I keep my craft items in bead boxes and stackable baskets. We then clear the end of the table, lay down a clean cloth, then lay out our supplies.
2 – Lay Out the Beads
Decide were you want the pieces of the necklace to go. Do not start beading on the wire until you have laid things out. You may want to experiment with different patterns, how many beads you use, etc… My oldest daughter Sarah created this necklace. She started by laying down the centerpiece. She then decided to do two of the smaller, slightly transparent beads and then one of the swirl painted larger beads. When she was finished, she added a couple of additional smaller beads onto the end.
Please note that the supplies in the photo above above made two necklaces.
3 – Measure Out the Wire
Now that you have the beads laid out, you also will know how long the necklace will be. Start your wire about two to three inches before the beginning of one side of the beads, then measure it out to the other side of the laid out beads, then add two to three more inches.
4 – Add Finding One (Toggle Clasp) to the End of the Wire
Since this Wiki article does such a good job in explaining how to start with the wire, the first half of the clasp, and the crimp beads. I will refer you to it vs. trying to explain it all here.
5 – Thread the Beads onto the Wire
Make sure your wire doesn’t have any kinks or bends in it, otherwise, the necklace will have kinks and bends. Now, start feeding the beads on from one end to the other. This is why you laid everything out beforehand, as you are starting at one end, then going to the other. This is the only way to make sure you get the centerpiece in the center of the necklace.
When you get to threading (putting on) the centerpiece, you will notice when you pick up the necklace, that it is sideways on the wire. You can do two techniques here.
- Make a simple twist of the wire (two times) until the centerpiece is facing forward.
- Use a finding called a jump ring. Thread the jump ring onto the wire instead of the centerpiece, then thread the jump ring through the loop on the top of the centerpiece. You may have to use the pliers to open up the jump ring, then squeeze it closed again.
6 – Add the Second Finding (Toggle Clasp)
This was the hardest part for us so I will refer to this video: Click here for a free, quick video from Annie’s that shows how to do the beads and finish with the second finding.
Annie’s has a series of jewelry making videos that go in-depth into many different techniques and types of jewelry to make.
Cute and Simple Fall Hair Accessory / Hair Clip
Hair Accessory Supplies
In case you did not read the above section, we look for two things first when looking for looking for supplies for our project:
- What was on sale – the fall holiday decor was 40% off at Hobby Lobby (oh Hobby Lobby, how I hope you have an affiliate program soon!)
- What made us think of the season or theme we are currently working on – in this case, FALL!
We wanted a cute hair accessory that girls (and maybe even women) would want to wear. We went through all of the fall craft supplies and jumped when we saw these felt sunflowers. They were perfect!
We already have a small glue gun, glue sticks and felt.
The supply list then is:
- Hair clips (we already had these, I had purchased them for a good price at Walmart)
- Mini glue gun and glue sticks (again, already have, purchased at Walmart)
- Fall felt Sunflowers
- Orange felt (had on hand)
Click here to find glue guns and glue sticks on Amazon.
How To – Steps To Create The Hair Accessories
1 – Clear the Workspace
As with the jewelry making, we clear a large space on our table to start our work. Hopefully someday we will have a dedicated table / craft station!
Since this project uses hot glue, we do not put a cloth under the work, but instead use a sheet of cardboard. We put the glue gun on an old plate.
2 – Set Out the Components of the Project
We make a neat pile of the sunflowers, another pile of the hair clips, plug in the glue gun and have a backup glue stick ready. We then cut out the backing felt in a round or oval shape from a simple piece of felt.
3 – Construct the Hair Clips
I will be honest, this is pretty simple.
- Add hot glue to the back of the sunflower (please be doing this with an adult).
- Open the hair clip and place the sunflower on top of the clip (or, you can leave the sunflower on its back, then open the clip upside down and hold it down on top of the sunflower).
- Place the felt under the top part of the clip so the glue attaches to it too (see picture above).
- Press (this is the hard part, to not get hot glue on you) and don’t close the clip until the glue is dry (otherwise it will adhere to the bottom of the hair clip).
We have learned the hard way that the felt is a MUST have. Hot glue does not hold permanently on surfaces like metal and plastic. But it will adhere for life (or close to it) on fabric, especially felt.
That is it! Let it dry for a few minutes and then you can put it in your hair.
BTW, if you aren’t sure you want to dive in and make either of these at this time, you could always purchase the finished product from our Etsy shop!