Do you ever find a craft supply that just gives you endless inspiration? I LOVE when that happens - it totally gives your creativity some freedom & is so much fun too. Today's post is all about my latest supply crush: wooden berry beads.
When my lovely sponsor Wholeport asked me to pick out some new goodies to try I was all about these berry babies. With 50 beads in a bag, and in all sorts of colors, I didn't have to limit myself on what to make, so I went a little berry accessory crazy.
I started with some ribbon wrapped hair clips. The little miss finally has enough hair to clip things onto, so I've become a bit obsessed with making these lately. I hot glued green grosgrain ribbon around some alligator clips, added a strip of foamy drawer liner (to make them non-slip) and then added a single bead on each.
For more decoration, I used some fabulous 1.5 inch strawberry print ribbon from Make The World Prettier and fashioned up some bows and dolled up the centers with a berry bead. I'm trying out different barrette styles so I sewed one on a French clip barrette and hot glued the other on a ribbon lined alligator.
Then I made this rainbow berry necklace for a little extra fun & color. The 80's child in me is still so in love with anything rainbow-related, so it totally makes me smile:
Making it was so easy I don't even need to show you step-by-step pics. I simply arranged the berries in rainbow order and threaded them on some elastic thread, using small green glass beads as spacers. It'll fit me as a choker style or my little miss as a looser necklace. I cannot wait to wear it with a plain white top in the sunny days of summer!
I also whipped up some simple snap clip barrettes with the pink & magenta berries. Since both the bead backs & barrettes are really smooth, and there's a bit of stress from the snapping these get, the hot glue didn't hold too well at first. Then I got smart & glued tiny squares of grosgrain ribbon to the clips first and then glued the beads on top so there'd be a little texture for the glue to grip. They seem to work better now, but if push comes to shove I can use some heavy duty thread through the holes & stitch 'em together.
My 3 year old went wild when she saw them all. And I'm not ashamed to say that even though I'm over 30, I plan to rock all these accessories myself. Why should the little miss have all the berry fun? I'm a little on the quirky side and never clued into what's "stylish" anyway. And since accessories like these are so low commitment why not take a chance? I've still got quite a few beads left so I think some DIY earrings may be next on the agenda;)
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