DIY Beaded Seahawks Necklace


I'm not really a sports person, but I’ve been enjoying watching the Seahawks with Ben this season (let’s be honest, it’s always more fun to watch a team that wins). And that game this past Sunday? Unbelievable. There’s definitely a lot of team pride in Seattle right now, and the energy is contagious! But I’m not planning to go out and buy a jersey or anything (they’re, like, $100) so I thought I’d craft up a little something so I could show some Seahawks spirit for the Superbowl...in a more subtle (and inexpensive) way.

DIY beaded Seahawks necklace

Yep, I went there! I made a beaded Seahawks necklace…haha. Are you going to make fun of me now? If you’re not a Seahawks fan, or if you think this is super dumb, just ignore the instructions for the football bead and use any colors you like. You can still make a regular wood bead necklace--they’re totally cute and on-trend right now!

How to make a wood bead necklace

For this project, you will need: assorted wood beads (including an oblong one to be your football), acrylic paint in the colors of your choice, varnish, paintbrushes, and string.

Painting beads

Paint one of your plain wood beads with a pattern. It could be anything: polka dots, stripes, brushstrokes, hearts, etc. A dipped effect would also be cute! Paint the other plain wood bead with a solid color.

DIY Seahawks wood bead necklace

Use white paint to add "stitches" to your football-shaped bead. Once all the paint has dried, give your beads a coat of varnish to make them shiny and to protect the acrylic paint.

DIY Seahawks wood bead necklace

Then, string the beads up in the order you want them! Note: I used plain string because I already had some around the house, but if I had more time, I would have gotten some leather cord. I still might get some, because now I'm kind of addicted to making wood bead necklaces. They're SO easy and fun!

DIY wood bead Seahawks necklace

What do you think? I gotta say, I think it turned out pretty cute. And once the Superbowl is over, I can just take the football bead out and wear it like a regular beaded necklace! I'm seriously going to make a bunch more of these in all different colors--I could whip out at least ten while watching one TV show. My kind of project.

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  1. Posted by Debbie on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

    Cute! Adorable football ;). A great way to join in the seahawk mania.
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

      Thanks, Debbie!
  2. Posted by dianna on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

    Ha! we live outside philly, but the seahawks are my hubby's favorite team!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

      Yay! Go Hawks :)
  3. Posted by Linda on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

    Love the football bead! I also love your bracelet? Who is it by?
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

      Thanks, Linda! It’s from Ban.do: http://www.shopbando.com/product/bando-shimmer-bangle?display=2345
  4. Posted by Amy @ Homey Oh My! on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

    I die over the football. So cute and creative. This is 100% the way I'd want to support a sports team if I was into sports, ha! Your hair looks gorgeous btw!
  5. Posted by Kelsea Echo on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

    Cuuute! Love this idea. I'm in the Seattle area too and am definitely feeling the strong Seahawks excitement vibes (despite not being much of a football viewer myself). :)

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark
  6. Posted by Kerry on Saturday, January 24th, 2015

    Cute, Aileen!! my kind of team spirit
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

      Thanks, Kerry!
  7. Posted by Red Tag Chic Los Angeles on Saturday, January 24th, 2015

    Also rooting for your homie Seahawks - may they get the Bowl!!!

    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

  8. Posted by Brie @ like-the-cheese.com on Sunday, January 25th, 2015

    Okay, seriously cute! This is the only game day worthy necklace I've ever seen! Love to the max!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

      Haha, thank you Brie!
  9. Posted by Jennifer Riner on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

    This is so cute, Aileen! I know plenty of girls at the Zillow office who would love this. It's hard to get away from all the team spirit - we've got a big 12 on our office in lights :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

      Thanks, Jennifer! Yep, I see 12s everywhere I go :)
  10. Posted by Monique | WritingMonique on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

    So cute! I love the beads you used!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

      Thanks, Monique! It was a lot of fun to make :)