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.
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.
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!
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!
Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMMA!!!!
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.