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Happy Halloween Necklace

Now is the time to think of homemade crafts. Halloween is around the corner, so celebrate with a Happy Halloween Necklace from Heidi Borchers. Not all projects have to be spooky and ghoulish - this necklace is cute and pretty!

Happy Halloween Necklace


  • Fabric – Halloween prints (pre-iron to remove wrinkles)
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Adhesive
  • Ruler (clear type works great)
  • Pencil
  • Embroidery floss – 2 of each black, orange
  • Plastic drinking straws – cut to just under 3/4“
  • Beads – assorted
  • Wooden beads- painted with orange acrylic paint
  • Needle
  • Alphabet letters- ‘H’ Button (I used Blumenthal Lansing’s Alphabet letter Buttons-approximately 1” tall), ‘A’ plastic letter (found in the mosaic aisle of my craft store), ’P’ metal letter (used in mixed media/scrap booking), ‘Y’ ceramic alphabet letter bead
  • Plastic ring
  • Metal jewelry findings – eye pins, jump rings
  • Cardboard – for using as a squeegee for applying the glue.


  1. Place fabric on flat workspace, with the wrong side facing up. Using the plastic ruler, lightly mark line at 3/4” with a pencil.
    Happy Halloween Necklace
  2. Apply small line of glue along the pencil line.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  3. Immediately squeegee the glue with a small piece of cardboard.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  4. Cut along the pencil line. You will need approximately 3 to 4” for each bead you want to make.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  5. On the wrong side of the fabric strip, place small amount of glue onto one end of the fabric. Place a pre-cut plastic drinking straw into the glue.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  6. Roll the fabric over the drinking straw.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  7. Place small amount of glue on the edge of fabric. Squeegee the glue with the cardboard to spread into a thin layer.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  8. Finish rolling into bead. gently press along edges for glue to adhere edges. Repeat to create each bead.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  9. I covered my re-painted wooden beads with embroidery floss. For each bead, you will need approximately 1-1/2 yards of orange embroidery floss. Thread needle through hole and repeat in and out until the bead is covered. Do not cut off the excess thread if you want to tie these onto the necklace. If you are going to thread onto necklace, you can trim off the excess floss strands.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  10. To make a tassel, wrap the embroidery floss around three fingers 10-15 times.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  11. Tie off the top edge of the floss. This will be the top of the tassel.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  12. Place a small drop of the glue at the top edge. Place a 6” piece of floss into the glue and wrap tightly around the top edge about 5 times. Knot the end at top to help it hold. Cut the tassel open at the bottom.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  13. Trim the tassel ends even at the bottom edge. Completed tassel.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  14. Lay out the necklace the way you want it, then thread onto a piece of black embroidery floss.

    Happy Halloween Necklace
  15. Completed necklace.

    Happy Halloween Necklace

For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out Happy Halloween Rolled Beads Necklace.


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