From Chintzy to Chic: A DIY Hama Bead Necklace that Doesn’t Kid Around

I’d always considered hama beads (a.k.a perler beads) to be the most royally chintzy crafting good known to woman, man, dog, cat, alien, monster — pretty much anyone. Nostalgic, yes, but stylish? Never!

All that changed, though, when I chanced upon this editorial featuring the work of Shanghai-based designer Sabine Ducasse, whose immaculate hama bead creations ignited my DIY spirit and set me on a quest to create a wear-worthy necklace from these beads.

Check out our step-by-step hama bead necklace tutorial, and don’t miss out on the bit of bonus fun we included: a downloadable template of the necklace pictured above!

About Hannah

"Q: Where do cantaloupes go for the summer? A: John Cougar Mellon Camp!" From that joke you can surmise a few things about Hannah -- she loves a good pun, she delights in irreverence, and red peppers are her vegetable of choice. How does one figure out Hannah loves red peppers from that joke? Hmm, that's top secret. Hannah also adores outdoor activities, arts & crafts, reading, and being abroad.

10 Responses to From Chintzy to Chic: A DIY Hama Bead Necklace that Doesn’t Kid Around

  1. Tracy 10/24/2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Love it!

  2. Mary 10/24/2012 at 11:13 pm #

    I am curious as how this looks on :D

  3. Brittany 10/25/2012 at 5:55 am #

    I can’t say I’m a fan of this…

  4. Ang 10/26/2012 at 8:26 am #

    I’d love to see someone actually wearing this…

  5. Hannah (ModCloth) 10/27/2012 at 7:21 am #

    @Mary and @Ang…will work on that once I get home from out of town! Expect a picture soon. :)

    • Kate 01/29/2013 at 8:25 pm #

      How did you do this without a pegboard? Were you just ridiculously careful?

      • Hannah (ModCloth) 04/09/2013 at 11:18 am #

        Yes! Super careful. Might have to invest in a pegboard for next time though; it was pretty time consuming to use tweezers and fingers :).

  6. jane 07/27/2013 at 10:27 am #

    great idea!! i was wondering though…can these beads be used set on their side so the holes dont show?

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