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Let's Make a Halloween Necklace and Bracelet Set

Updated on October 19, 2013
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Nightcat loves everything about Halloween! She’s pretty sure it is a national holiday and if it isn’t it should be.

Halloween Crafting Unwrapped

Even as I type this in the heat of July I know Halloween will be here soon enough. Pumpkins will be carved, decorations hung and costumes bought, but what about crafting jewelry? This project is extremely simple, perfect for beginners or seasoned beaders from ages five to one hundred and twenty five, and can be adapted to any skill level.

For the project I raided my own crafting supplies, and you may want to do the same thing to see what you can come up with. As with any of my crafting projects please feel free to adapt whatever part of the design you need to. If you like different findings, beads, or colors, have fun and let you imagination run wild.

Expect this craft to take one to several hours depending on skill level and how long you take selecting beads and laying out your design. All photos shown are of my own project. If you copy for Internet use please give credit where credit is due and a link back. Thanks and enjoy!

Almost forgot, you came for behind the scenes stuff, right? I can't take credit for this project. All project credit goes to a rather handsome and well-dressed skeleton who had been rather wonderful the last few months as things get resettled. So, even though I never thought I'd type these words, all project design credit goes to Baron Samedi.

You'll Need:

Nylon string

Black Pony Beads

Orange Pony Beads

Seven giant center beads

Twelve skull beads

Findings

Fun Fact

This was originally a seven color Day of the Dead necklace. Which promptly broke after completion and sent beads flying everywhere. Great fun. The Baron of course rescued the project and came up with this stunning design.

This song was stuck in my head

While I was beading this song kept looping in my head as I was certainly thinking of a certain well-dressed skeleton when making this project. In fact the design idea is totally his as was using black and orange and making it Halloween themed because as far as he is concerned he owns the holiday anyhow.

And the lyrics about being put in an awkward position fit this lens perfectly. I couldn't lie and not give my best friend credit, even though I expect the men with butterfly nets forthwith. Goodbye, readership, goodbye. See all the things you learn behind the scenes in a project?

Step One: Measure out nylon string. Tie off Finding

For the nylon string I strongly recommend measuring out far more than you think you need. I measured out a good yard for a necklace I can slip over my head and simply used the extra length I snipped off when finished for the bracelet. Here I used a necklace extender because that is all I had on hand. Three good knots of your choosing should secure this firmly. Test for slipping and adjust if need be, leaving a tail you can tuck into the beads or clip later. A tail of an inch or so gives you room in case the knot slips a tad as the weight of the necklace increases.

Step Two: Bead!

To keep to this pattern start with a skull bead followed by one orange, five black and one orange, repeating until you have set a sixth skull bead on the necklace. After the skull bead add your giant center beads, then continue the pattern as before using all twelve skull beads. You want skull beads on both ends, of course.

Oh, the center beads were reclaimed from a broken light up bracelet from the dollar store and the skull beads are a gift from a dear friend. So thanks, Uma! Couldn't have done the project without you.

Need Beads?

Amazon makes it super simple to get all the beads you need in one place and delivered right to your door. Beads like those used in this project can easily be found there, so let's get shopping. I assure you a rather smooth-talking skeleton is pointing out beads as we speak.

Halloween Pony Bead Alphabet Kit - Plastic Beads (over 1300 beads) with elastic cord
Halloween Pony Bead Alphabet Kit - Plastic Beads (over 1300 beads) with elastic cord

Whoo-hooo! Talk about the mother lode of crafting! at over 1,ooo beads you'll be cranking out enough project to give to friends and family in no time. This wonderful kit includes skull beads and both colors you need for this project all in one set.

 
Stretchy Ponytail Holder Black Elastic Hair Band w/ Black Jewel Beads Ouchless
Stretchy Ponytail Holder Black Elastic Hair Band w/ Black Jewel Beads Ouchless

Sometimes we have to buy a completed item to scavange beads. That of course is when you know you have a beading addiction. These black beads would look wonderful as the center of your necklace design.

 
10 Metal Chrome Skull Beads For 550 Paracord Bracelets, Lanyards, & Other Projects
10 Metal Chrome Skull Beads For 550 Paracord Bracelets, Lanyards, & Other Projects

These handsome devils will enchant any lady into wearing your completed project. Just look at all the realistic details! I don't know about you, but I'd scoop up several sets because once beads are gone they are gone.

 
Fine Silver Plated Pewter Skull With Roses Beads 10mm (2)
Fine Silver Plated Pewter Skull With Roses Beads 10mm (2)

Yes, they are Day of the Dead style wonders and paired with a pocketful of colorful skulls they would give you a dreamy finished necklace. Keep in mind you get two per set, so this project would require six sets, but this is the perfect option for mature beaders.

 
16" 12mm Dyed Colorful Turquoise Stone Skull-carved Beads
16" 12mm Dyed Colorful Turquoise Stone Skull-carved Beads

I adore these! They come by the foot, cost less than two dollars, and would look fabulous in any crafting project year 'round. I'd make sure to buy enough strand to ensure the colors I need. At least seven for this project.

 

Step Three: Tie off other finding. Enjoy!

Once your beading is complete tie off your other finding and snip after you are sure it is secure. Nylon string can be the dickens to work with so don't worry if there is a tiny gap. Just get as close as you can, but not so tight that the beads bunch together.

This project makes a great gift!

Got a special someone who would love a hand-crafted necklace? Here the lady of the house basks in the glow of her lovely new gift. Or gift your most treasured man. Men in cultures around the world wear beads with pride. As a matter of fact I know of one male who certainly thinks they fall under his purveyance.

A neat last minute project for you

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I hope she would, Loveforlivinglife. Thanks so very much for the visit!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughter would love making these. Thanks for sharing!

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Scott A McCray: Will do, scottmccray! Thanks for visiting, hugs! :)

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      Cool lens - say Hi to the Baron for me! ;-))

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Yamin Joe: Thank you so much, yaminjoe! But the set is really super simple, the hardest thing is tying off the ends to the findings to be honest. Thanks so muh for visiting and commenting, hugs! :)

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      Yamin Joe 4 years ago

      A challenging lens.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @Raymond Eagar: Thank you, snippie2. Thanks so much for visiting, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you so much, Papier! I always try to make my articles fun, I had enough years of textbooks and boring lectures myself. Thanks for visiting and your kind words, hugs! :)

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      Nice lens

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I like the way you show your enjoyment of this task and writing about it. I can tell it was fun.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @hazeltos: Thank you, hazeltos! Yes, she doesn't get out on fashion shoots much or get to see new prettys often. Thanks for the kind words and visit, hugs! :)

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I love your Halloween necklace and bracelet. Your Lady of the House looks quite pleased with her jewelry.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much, Uma! She was very pleased with herself and the Baron watched from the sidelines, directing things. Those two are my spark plugs for sure! Thanks so much for the visit and kind words. Hugs! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I enjoy this article very much. Very inspiring. Thanks. That is a beautiful photo image of the Lady of the house, what a lovely model she is.