How to Make a Cute, 3-Chain DIY Bead Necklace For Spring

8 Materials
30 Minutes

Are you waiting for spring? Cheer on its arrival with a springtime DIY bead necklace using all the spring colors. Also, check out the multiple strand chain that takes this beaded necklace up a notch. Follow along to learn how to make your own beaded necklaces.

Tools and materials:

  • Multiple necklace chains
  • 10 beads total (6 of one style and 4 of another)
  • Split rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • 0.45mm wire
  • Round nose pliers
  • Longnose pliers
  • Cutter tools
Cutting the necklace chain

1. Cut the necklace chain

The length you cut your chain will depend on who the necklace is for, and their height and necklace preferences. To get multiple chains, I cut six chain lengths in total, three for each side of the necklace. 

Here’s a great tip for cutting your chain. Cut the first chain to your desired length. Then stick a headpin through the first link of that piece of chain.

Now you can thread the first link from the spool of chain onto that same headpin and easily measure out the rest of your chain lengths, so they all match exactly.

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2. String your beads

Put your selected beads into the pattern you want. I’ve used two different-sized beads and alternated them for the necklace. 

String your beads onto beading wire.

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3. Add necklace hardware

String a crimping bead and then a jump ring onto the beading wire.

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Now, bend the wire around the jump ring and pull the crimping bead over the wire loop to hold it in place.

Make sure the crimping bead isn’t pulled all the way up to the jump ring, because you need some wriggle room for that jump ring to work. Use pliers to crimp the crimping bead to hold it in place.

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Slide the beads down to the jump ring end and cut the beading wire about one inch from the other end of the beads.

Adding a crimping bead and jump ring

Add a crimping bead and jump ring to the cut end of the wire.

Wrapping the wire around the jump ring

Wrap the wire around the jump ring and secure with the crimping wire as before.

To reduce the gap between the crimping bead and the necklace beads, and remove the extra wire, use long nose pliers to pull the beading wire through the crimping bead. Then crimp the crimping bead and cut off the extra wire. 

Attaching the chains to the beaded wire

4. Attach multiple chains

Open a jump ring and string the first link on each of the three chains onto one jump ring. Then use pliers to close the jump ring, ensuring there is no gap remaining in the ring. 

Repeat to add three chains to the other jump ring.

How to make the chain necklace adjustable

5. Make your necklace length adjustable

If you like being able to adjust the length of your necklaces, make the chain adjustable by adding a couple of inches of larger link chain.

Put the ends of three chains from one side of your necklace onto a jump ring and then add the two-inch piece of adjustable chain to the jump ring.

When you are stinging the three chains onto the jump ring, make sure that you add them in the same order they were added at the bead end, so that the chains don’t get twisted.

Close the jump ring so there are no gaps.

Attaching a clasp to the DIY bead necklace

6. Add a clasp

On the other end of your necklace, string the three chains onto a jump ring, checking that they are not twisted. Then add your lobster clasp to the jump ring. Close the jump ring ensuring, again, that there is no gap.

Finished DIY bead necklace
Wearing the DIY bead necklace

DIY bead necklace tutorial

I think this is so cute and really speaks to spring on the horizon! And the multiple chains definitely add something extra!

Now that you know how to make your own DIY beaded necklace, you can make several in different colors and bead shapes.

Make them for yourself and your friends and be sure to leave a comment to let me know how they were received!

Suggested materials:
  • Multiple necklace chains
  • 10 beads total (6 of one style and 4 of another)
  • Split rings
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  • Lindalee_47303 Lindalee_47303 on Mar 28, 2022

    So lovely and fairy easy to do. I’m going to a very upscale wedding soon. I’m going to make one of these to compliment my dress! I’ll make some earrings to match/coordinate with the necklace!

    Thank you for sharing!!

    • Dess Butler Jewelry Dess Butler Jewelry on Apr 23, 2022

      Oh how awesome! I just saw your comment now. Did the wedding already happen. Did you like the jewelry piece you made? I am excited for what you did or going to do.

      You are so welcome!

  • Lindalee_47303 Lindalee_47303 on Apr 23, 2022

    The wedding is June 11th. I’m gathering my jewelry tools, beads, etc. I’ll get it done before then 😉