Art Teacher Necklace DIY

Art Teacher Necklaces DIY (click through for a sourse list!)Hey, guys! I have been meaning to post this for quite some time now. Over the last few years, jewelry trends have gravitated toward bigger, chunkier, and sometimes homemade looking jewelry. I LOVE this trend! Emma and I call these necklaces “Art Teacher Necklaces” because they remind us of our mother, who was an art teacher when we were growing up! 

And in fact, art teacher style is one of my inspirations! I love the messy bun, pair of overalls, chunky jewelry, and some accidental paint on my hands look. To me, it’s the most comfortable and natural style in all the world. 

So today I’ll show you how I’ve been making these fun little necklaces. I’ve also bought plenty from awesome Etsy shops, my friends, and stores like Anthropologie. You can’t have too many. They’re a worthy collection. 

Art Teacher Necklaces DIY (click through for a sourse list!) Supplies:
-leather cord (or jute string)
-wood beads
-a Sharpie
-acrylic paint (optional)

Art Teacher Necklaces DIY (click through for a sourse list!) I have bought my beads all over. Some are from craft stores. I like to buy plain wood beads as well as beads that are already colored. I also found some cute geometric shape beads from Wish Supplies on Etsy.

Art Teacher Necklaces DIY (click through for a sourse list!) Step 1: Add details! 

If you want to get super specific with your colors, you’ll want to purchase acrylic paint (or craft paint) to re-color your beads. After that, use a Sharpie to add fun patterns quickly and easily! 

Art Teacher Necklaces DIY (click through for a sourse list!) Art Teacher Necklaces DIY (click through for a sourse list!) Step 2: String ’em up! 

Make sure your leather cord is long enough that you can just barely slip the necklace over your head. Simply knot the ends of the cord to secure the necklace permanently. It could not be more simple and the necklaces are super cute and wearable. I made one for all the girls in my office! 

Art Teacher Necklaces DIY (click through for a sourse list!) Art Teacher Necklaces DIY (click through for a sourse list!) Well, what are you waiting for? Grab some supplies and make this your next weekend project. If you guys have any questions, ask me in the comments! xo. Elsie 


Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

  • Love the beads…I like to make necklaces similar to this with ceramic beads mixed with found beads! Thanks for sharing!

  • I am an art teacher and I have been making these for a few years now! I call them my Eclectic Bead Necklaces

  • I love the black board on the 1st picture…
    can you tell me where to get it?

  • Absolutely love this necklace…definitely making this soon!!


  • Very amazing post and inspiring blog! Keep up the great work, I’m a fan! 🙂 XO

  • Cute! As an English teacher I would love these necklaces as well!

  • Oh my gosh…this just took me back. I’m on a year long hiatus from teaching art after my husband and I moved. I am now back in school earning an M.Ed. ANYWHO. We did this project in my last art class around Valentine’s Day each year. LOVE! Thanks for sharing! (And awesome to learn your mom was an art teacher!!!)

  • I know you didn’t explicitly say it but great idea using pipe cleaners to help hold the beads. I have a bunch of plain wooden beads I have been wanting to paint but haven’t been able to find a good way to hold them or let them dry. I have A LOT of pipe cleaners or Chenille Sticks. Thanks!

  • Yesss, I love this DIY! Really love the look of the chunky, mismatched beads. Happy birthday Emma!

  • Amazing girls! Really creative and makes any outfit looks happier! 🙂

    xo, Deborah

  • Wow! These beads are incredible! I love the necklaces, so cute!

  • Soooooo cute!!
    I have plenty of this type of necklaces I adore it!!

    I’d like to see your collection !!!!

    (sorry for my english, I’m french!!!))

  • They’re so cute and good for gift’s x.

  • These are so artsy! I didn’t know your mom was an art teacher – we can definitely see where you get your artistic influence from!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • Simple project for my grand-kids…thanks for sharing!
    Lori in Atlanta

  • I’m an art teacher who has come to the very practical realization that, with my hanging microphone (a luxury that saves my voice during long days of demonstrations and classroom management) and my ID badge lanyard, I just don’t have any more room on my chest for cool necklaces at work. And bracelets and rings get junky with clay, paint, etc., so fun earrings and the occasional well-arranged scarf (lanyard peeking from below, microphone balanced on top) are the only accessories that I go to anymore. These are nice however, and remind me of some of my favorite necklaces my mom had when I was growing up!

  • I absolutely love the turquoise bead with the drawn crosses! Very chic!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee

  • Haha, ‘art teacher necklace’ is such a great name! I always seem to gravitate towards chunkier jewellery, and this design looks perfect for me!

  • That should indeed be the official name of these necklaces, great imagery. And beautiful whimsical necklaces – I love the personalized touches to the beads.

  • Such a cute, simple project! I love when you ladies post this kind of thing. I’m also excited to see what the ABM community creates from this inspiration!

    xx Kathryn

  • ah! I’m an art teacher, so I really appreciate this! Sometimes my “art teacher jewelry” is made by the kids anyway haha

  • Hi Tosha! I’m sorry I can’t remember! Probably Amazon though. 🙂
    xx- Elsie

  • So simple and so cute! I love the uses you ladies find for sharpies too. The simple sharpie pattern designs totally add to the overall look. Love it!

    Happy Birthday Emma!

  • This could not be any easier and cuter. Holy moly, doing this.

  • I love making this kind of neclace with my ceramic beads, i love puttin odd beads together, i call them my mismatched beads necklaces

  • I also wanted to know where the board is from. 🙂

    Happy Birthday Emma!

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