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Bead Crafts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up soon. This year, in the USA, Mother’s Day will occur on Sunday, May 12, 2024. As of right now, you still have plenty of time to make or buy Mother’s Day cards and gifts for all the mother figures in your life.

If you love and adore making pretty things for the people you love, there are zillions of possible things you could make for your mom, grandmas, mother-in-law and / or stepmom. If you aren’t sure what to make, bead crafts offer you a fantastic starting point to consider because beads are beautiful, popular, readily available, reasonably affordable and really easy to work with.

If your mom and other gift recipients enjoy wearing jewelry, there are many pretty beaded baubles you could be making for them.

Furthermore, if you wear beaded jewelry yourself, and you’re taking any of the moms in your life out to Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner, you might also want to make something pretty for yourself to wear when you go out. Why not?

Beautiful Beaded Jewelry for Mother’s Day

Beaded Lace Crochet Choker Necklace Pattern

Beaded Lace Crochet Choker Necklace Pattern

This pretty beaded choker is easy and inexpensive to make, but it turns out stunning if you do a careful job of crocheting it. It’s also really easy to personalize, because you can easily make it exactly the right length for its intended wearer. Beyond that, you can choose just about any color and shape of small beads for embellishing it, and pretty much any fine yarn or crochet thread for working it. The crochet pattern for making it is available on this website for free, and the materials for making it can be reasonably affordable if you choose inexpensive beads, crochet thread and findings; it’s also possible to splurge on precious metals and other exquisite materials to make the finished project truly, luxuriously spectacular. So if you’re thinking of making a choker-style necklace for your mom, this one gets my vote as one that’s ideal for most crafters to try. You can get the free crochet choker pattern HERE.

The only exception: This really isn’t a fantastic choice if you’ve never crocheted anything before, ever; in that case, I recommend taking a look at this list of crochet projects for total beginners and choosing an item from that list to make first. Then after you’ve made an item or two to get comfortable with crocheting, you’d be better equipped to succeed at making this project. But if you’ve already made a few crochet projects before, I’m positive that you could handle making this beaded choker necklace easily.

If you want to find more ideas for pretty beaded jewelry you could make for Mother’s Day, check out this list of jewelry making ideas and this list of crochet bracelets HERE.

Beaded Gadget Cozy

Beaded Crochet Gadget Cozy: Free Crochet Pattern

Beaded Crochet Gadget Cozy: Free Crochet Pattern

If your mom carries a cell phone, camera, or other similar small gadget, this pretty beaded gadget cozy might be a useful gift for her. Alternatively, this little pouch could be a pretty way to giftwrap a small gift.

These ideas only just scratch the surface of what is possible to make for Mother’s Day using beads. Want even more ideas? Check these out:

Posted By: Amy Solovay

Crochet Neck Warmer: Free Pattern

Beginner's Crochet Neck Warmer: Free Pattern; Photo © Amy Solovay

Beginner’s Crochet Neck Warmer: Free Pattern; Photo © Amy Solovay

This jeweled neck warmer doesn’t have any buttons on it, but it was inspired by a stoll through the button aisle at my local craft store. I was enthralled by a two-part jeweled closure I found there amidst all the buttons. I thought the closure looked like jewelry, with its subtly sparkly faux gems, but it could have been used in so many different ways. I had a hard time deciding what to make, but decided in the end to go with this neck warmer. I would also love to try turning this type of closure into actual jewelry, like maybe a beaded crochet necklace with little pearls…

I’m pretty happy with how the neck warmer turned out. For one thing, crochet projects don’t get much simpler than this one is; it’s made using basic stitches and is easy enough for a total beginner who’s never crocheted before. Also, I love the cheerful red color, and I’ll be excited to wear it with my fall / winter coat, which is black wool; my mostly-black wardrobe could use a jolt of color, and this is just what I needed.

What color is your winter coat? If you need a new neck warmer or scarf, you can crochet one in whichever color(s) would look best with it; I suggest using a contrasting color that harmonizes well with the color of your coat, also keeping in mind the color of your winter boots, too. If you’d like to make a neck warmer like this one, you’re invited to use the free crochet neck warmer pattern, which is posted here at this website. Even if you’ve never crocheted before, this project is easy enough to succeed with — so please do give it a try if you’d like.

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