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Faux Pearl Necklace

This easy-to-make and affordable necklace is a wonderful gift, especially with your own handmade gift packaging.




  • Carded silk bead cord with needle
  • Iron
  • Glass pearl beads
  • Scissors
  • Gift box
  • Card stock or decorative paper
  • Screw punch
  • Paper tape
  • Holiday stickers (optional)
  • Felt


  1. Step 1

    Remove silk bead cord from card, and iron the cord to remove kinks. The cord will have a needle on one end; keep needle attached until you are finished with the necklace.

  2. Step 2

    Feed desired number of pearl beads onto silk cord. Cut the length of cord you need for the necklace (about 36 inches), measuring from the cut end.Tip: The remaining cord, with needle still attached, can be used for another project.

  3. Step 3

    Knot two ends of strung bead cord together to secure.

  4. Step 4

    Cut a piece of card stock or decorative paper to fit gift box. Punch a hole in paper with screw punch. Feed knot of necklace through hole; coil silk cord on back of paper, and secure with paper tape. Decorate front of paper with stickers, if desired.

  5. Step 5

    Line box with felt. Place card with attached necklace in box.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009



Reviews (8)

  • terry3578 14 Oct, 2011

    just found this necklace and I love it but I don't know what size cord to buy, any help appreicated
    thank you

  • Seashack 8 Jan, 2010

    Thank you for the size. Please provide the color/colors used for the necklace Martha was wearing. Your help is appreciated.

  • MSLO_Sara 7 Jan, 2010

    Martha used 14 mm beads.

  • Trailgirl 1 Jan, 2010

    Does anyone know how to contact the Crafts Department to get the specifics on this project?

  • Kellykirkwood 30 Dec, 2009

    Please provide info on size of pearls and silk cord. Can't wait to make this beautiful necklace.

  • Trailgirl 29 Dec, 2009

    Love, love, love this idea, but when I went to order the beads and the silk cord I had no idea what to buy. Please proved the mm of the bead and the size of the silk cord. thank you!

  • maryraymond 28 Dec, 2009

    Please advise size of pearls and color also size of bead cord and color - the size 12 mm I purchased looks small compared to Martha's lovely necklace!

  • Seashack 24 Dec, 2009

    Greetings....the necklace worn by Martha for this demonstration...please tell me the mm size of pearls and the color...thank you very much.