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How to Make a Quick and Easy Beaded Handbag Charm

Updated on March 7, 2015

Your Completed Charm

Choose colours and beads which compliment each other.
Choose colours and beads which compliment each other. | Source

Making a Beaded Bag Charm

You don't need to be an expert to make a polished and attractive beaded bag charm. It doesn't take very long and it is inexpensive to make but looks great. See below for my easy to follow instructions and step by step picture guide.

What You Need to Make Your Bag Charm/Keyring

 
Jewellery Making Head Pins
Keyring Jewellery Finding
Chain
Jump Rings
Safety Glasses
Assorted Beads
Round Nosed Jewellery Pliers
Cutting Jewellery Pliers
A Mat, Bead Board or Cloth
Once you have the tools there are thousands of jewellery projects you can do.

Choose Your Beads For Your Crafting

There is a huge choice of different types and colours of beads available.
There is a huge choice of different types and colours of beads available. | Source

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How to Choose the Right Beads for Your Jewellery

You can choose your beads according to the current fashion trends, to match a certain bag or just because you like them. Mix two different complimentary colours to give a good contrasting effect and use some different types of beads.

I have used faux glass pearls in different shades of white and green. I have then added in some more expensive glass and lampwork beads. Mixing inexpensive beads with a few more expensive ones is a good idea because it is economical to make but still looks great.

It is a good idea to roughly lay your beads out and plan the type of design you are trying for. Bead boards or jewellery mats are specifically for that purpose but a cloth which they won't roll about on will work just as well. I always lay them out right at the beginning and then I know what beads should be threaded together later.

Safety Tip - Beads and jewellery findings present a choking hazard to young children and should always be kept away from them.

Gather Together the Tools You Need to Make Your Bag Charm

Have everything you need ready beside you.
Have everything you need ready beside you. | Source

Get Your Beads and Jewellery Making Tools Ready

Once you have chosen and laid out your beads you then need to gather all the other materials you will need.

You can make your own key chain but in this instance I have used a pre-bought one which saves a lot of time and are easily accessible from local bead shops or online at Amazon.

Safety Tip - Remember to check when ordering your goods that the metal they are made of is what you are looking for.

Cut Two Pieces of Chain

You will need to use cutting pliers to cut two pieces of chain. The two pieces shouldn't be too long and should be different lengths from each other. By making them different length from each other it ensures that the beads will hang at all different lengths.

When you have cut the chain you will need to put a jump ring on the end of each piece as shown in the picture below.

Safety Tip - Remember you safety glasses.


Attach Jump Rings to The Chain

Attach a jump ring to the end of each piece of chain.
Attach a jump ring to the end of each piece of chain. | Source

Using the Head Pins

With you pliers you then need to cut the top piece of the headpin off. Then curl the other end of the headpin around the keyring attachment forming a loop.

Safety Tip - Remember your safety glasses and hold the end of the piece of pin being cut as it will fly across the room otherwise.

Loop the Headpin To Close it and Stop it Falling Off

Creating a loop keeps the headpin in place.
Creating a loop keeps the headpin in place.

Use A Trimmed, Looped Headpin to Attach Your Chains

A trimmed headpin is used to attach your chains to your keyring.
A trimmed headpin is used to attach your chains to your keyring.

Attaching the Chains to Your Keyring

Now you need to trim the other end of the headpin so that only a short length remains. There needs to be enough length to curl around and attach both the chains to the key ring finding.

The ends of the chains which have the jump rings attached should be left hanging down, as it is other side of the chains which should be attached to the keyring.

We then need to close the loop which leaves both the chains securely attached.

Make Your Bag Charm With Easy Picture Steps

Your key ring should now look like this. You are now ready to start attaching beads to the chain.
Your key ring should now look like this. You are now ready to start attaching beads to the chain. | Source
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Put Your Beads on the Headpins

Next you need to put two or three beads on a headpin. When you slide them on the pin due to the head they will stay on. You will then need to trim off the excess headpin and again use your pliers to create a loop at the top of the beads.

Use Round Nosed Pliers to Create the Loops

Use your round nosed jewellery pliers to create the loops.
Use your round nosed jewellery pliers to create the loops. | Source

How Did We Make That Bag Charm?


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Attaching Your Beads to Your Bag Charm

Next attach your beads onto the chain using the loops you have created. Use the two bottom jump rings and then attach the beaded looped headpins at varying points on the chains. You need to repeat this process until the bag charm looks full and colourful.

Safety Tip - Make sure that the loops are securely closed because the wire is sharp and can cause cuts if sticking out.

Attach the Beads at Varying Lengths on the Jewellery Chain

Space Your beads out to create a good shape for the bag charm.
Space Your beads out to create a good shape for the bag charm. | Source

A One Off Unique Designer Bag Charm

You now have a one off bag charm which you designed and made yourself. It will definitely draw attention and you will probably have your friends asking if you can make them one. These bag charms are easy to make, inexpensive and also make great gifts.

Let your imagination run wild and create different bag charms for all your different bags. Thank you for reading and happy crafting.


Your One Off Designer Bag Charm

Just think it will be completely unique and designed by you.
Just think it will be completely unique and designed by you. | Source

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm not a crafty person, Anna - I don't have the patience. However, this step-by-step tutorial should prove to be very informative for those who are.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bravewarrior

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment especially as it is not your thing. I appreciate it.

      I do like the occasional little crafty project to myself. Whether it be jewellery, lanterns or painting.

      Thank you as always. :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love this one, Anna! You have presented each step wonderfully in creating this little beauty.

      Thank you for sharing

      Up ++++ tweeting and pinning

      Blessings

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Great tutorial for making a charm key ring.

      My craft days have come and gone. I used to be quite the crafter

      with eggery, using goose egg shells with miniature scenes inside.

      Then, I made hanging wreaths for doors for Halloween and Easter.

      Donated all my hard work to raise money for various charities.

      I don't have the time to do crafts, these days. Still working on

      my novel.

      I did enjoy your instructions to make this unique key ring. It looks

      like it would be a fun project. I have never seen one of these.

      Anna, I am a little confused. It is referred to as a hand bag charm, but it

      looks like a key ring. Is the key ring circle used in the hand bag charm?

      Thanks, DJ.

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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love your handbag charm. It's easy to make and very pretty.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There isn't a snowball's chance in hell that I'll be doing this, Anna, but there is an excellent chance I'll read anything that you write. :) It's called friendship.

      I hope you're having a brilliant weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Anna, I love it! this is very pretty, and I could see it maybe working for a clunky necklace or keychain, too, Voted up and more and sharing, pinning.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      anna this little project here is great for children to help out crafts that reward.. yeah voted awesome and useful :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This looks lovely and what a creative idea!

      The color combination is also very nice. I am going to try this for sure. Colorful beads can be used in creating beautiful pieces of art and even good for school kid's projects.

      Thanks for sharing the pictures and instructions. Voted up and pinned!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a great way to really dress up something familiar for a new look. You could probably interchange charms to go with what you're wearing, too.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Faith for the vote, share and pin. It is easy to make and means you can match every bag. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi DJ

      Thanks for reading. I hope the novel is going well. I have never tried eggery before it sounds very specialised. The ring attaches to the bag so doubles as handbag charm or keyring depending on what you prefer. Thanks again. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals. I like your name.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Aw thanks Bill. That's kind of you. To be honest I didn't see you as the bag charm making kind :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi FlourishAnyway

      Yes those glass pearls make great bracelets and necklaces too. Thank you very much for the vote, share and pin. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Frank. Anything that keeps them off video games is good. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan

      I am a big fan of the colour green so it features a lot in my jewellery. Thank you for the vote and pin and pleased to meet you.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Aviannovice

      When you start buying beads you end up with lots! Thank you for reading.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I love this idea! When my girls were younger, they loved these and my sister, who is very talented, always made a special one for each girl--

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Pretty, and a very novel idea. I've made inexpensive costume jewelry in the past, using dollar-store beaded christmas garlands. Just be sure they aren't the type with the beads heat-sealed to the thread, and you can have a whole passel of beads for cheap! Since they are really cheap, and low-quality beads, you can make jewelry for theater stage work, where no one will see it up close, and if it gets lost or broken, it's no great loss. They are also good for casual office parties for the same reason.

      I will consider making some of these as gifts; personally, I don't carry a purse. What doesn't fit in my pants pockets or fanny pack stays home! ;-)

      In the first step, though, instead of trying to cut the head from a head pin, you could substitute and eye-pin, which has the loop already pre-formed. Then you wouldn't need to worry about flying pieces! ;-)

      Voted up, +++ and pinned.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I like all the specialized tools and the process.

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      Anna Haven 23 months ago from Scotland

      I like beaded jewellery better than any other kind. I bet your daughters loved getting their own customised ones. Thanks for reading Audrey and for taking the time to comment. :)

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      Anna Haven 23 months ago from Scotland

      It sounds like you have a great plan for making economical and fun jewellery. If the beads are cheap, you can change with the seasons as well. Thank you very much for visiting, the vote and pinning. :)

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      Anna Haven 23 months ago from Scotland

      Thank you for reading. The good thing about jewellery making is that you don't need very many tools and then when you have bought them, they are all that is needed to make a lots of different types of jewellery. :)

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