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Beaded Jewelry

These sparkly earrings and necklaces are delicately detailed, and they're neither difficult nor time-consuming to construct. Beads and the thin ribbon or silk beading cord on which to string them come in about any color imaginable, so you can tailor the jewelry to suit the specific tastes of your giftees.


  • For necklace: 20 inches of 5-mm-wide ribbon
  • For necklace: 20 inches of silk beading cord
  • Beading needle
  • Large beads
  • Sead beads
  • Clasps and connectors
  • Ribbon
  • Jingle bells
  • Liquid seam sealant


  1. Step 1

    To create spaces between beads, use a beading needle and 20 inches of 5-mm-wide ribbon. We flanked larger beads with seed beads to secure them. Clasps and connectors were attached to the ribbon at each end and finished with a simple knot.

  2. Step 2

    For a continuous strand of beads, use 20 inches of silk beading cord; attach connector to end of cord and thread through beads. At midpoint, thread 2 jingle bells -- we embellished them with a small ribbon knot -- onto strand; continue beading. Affix clasp to other end with a knot.

  3. Step 3

    Jingle bells are hooked onto or slid through the earring findings and adorned with a ribbon knot.

  4. Step 4

    To make the bead drop on the hoop earrings, use a beading needle and 5 inches of 5-mm-wide ribbon. String on a seed bead, then larger bead; switch needle to the other end of ribbon, and pass it through large bead from the bottom to lock in place. Tie onto earring hoop, and secure with a knot.

  5. Step 5

    For the ribbon projects, apply liquid seam sealant (available at sewing or crafts stores) to ribbon ends so they don't fray.

Reviews (16)

  • Serenity63 9 Dec, 2010

    I love the ribbon necklace, will be making one today.

  • snowangel0523 20 Nov, 2010

    Where do you find 5mm sheer ribbon?? I've found 3mm and 7mm but no 5mm.

  • rppeek 19 Aug, 2010

    The pictures should be bigger and the instructions more detailed (with pictures)-it is the web for heaven's sake we should not have to worry about saving on ink.

  • jennifersculpts 20 Feb, 2009

    I have to agree with everyone below expressing disatisfaction of the size/quality of the illustrations or photos demonstrating steps. As someone who often visits this site, the continued lacked of attention to this very valid and repeated complaint is disturbing and I am considering no longer subscribing. If Martha truly wants her readers to be able to have success rather than frustration in doing these she would and needs to address this immediately.

  • pghshopper 22 Dec, 2008

    I agree with the commebnts censerning the size of the pictures. It is a common problem. How I wish they would solve that one so we can get a good start on these types of crafts. Not having made jewelry before, and wanting to try I need a little help from pictures. How about it, Martha?

  • horsewife 2 Dec, 2008

    Yribbon and ou can make your own needle by using beading wire that is thin and will hod the ribbon and string the beads. Just cut a 2 or 3 inch length of wire and fold the wire in half. Place the ribbon in the fold and string the beads on the wire.

  • chick-a-bee 30 Nov, 2008

    Thanks Ich! Do you get them at beading stores?

  • Ich 27 Nov, 2008

    check for ribbon needles, they have big eyes and they are thin

  • chick-a-bee 27 Nov, 2008

    I love the ribbon necklace but I cannot figure out how to get the ribbon threaded onto a needle. if the eye is big enough, the needle is too large for the beads and vice versa. Has anyone had any success with this?

  • ljgaede 25 Nov, 2008

    I have to agree for those of us just starting it would be much simpler if the instructions were more detailed

  • oops009 24 Nov, 2008

    The written instructions would make much more sense if we could see the examples. We NEED larger photos. This complaint comes up all over this site. WHEN WILL MARTHA STEWART'S WEB PEOPLE GET IT? We crafters are getting frustrated.

  • LADYDREA 22 Nov, 2008


  • sweetheart38 22 Nov, 2008

    I love how this project turned out it was fun to do for a party activity. I can't wait to make them for everyone I know!!

  • anna-d 22 Nov, 2008

    I agree with TriciaJay, the pictures are too small!!

  • TriciaJay 22 Nov, 2008

    I would be able to follow it if I could see the pics better. I can hardly see them!

  • sarah1990 20 Nov, 2008

    These look perfect to give to people at school!