If you’re a DIY or home decor lover, you’ve probably heard of bone beads, but you might also know that they cost a pretty penny. I decided to make DIY bone beads and not only were they SO simple, the entire project only cost five dollars! If you don’t know what bone beads are, here’s a quick definition:
Beads are a decorative item that is threaded and used to create jewelry and other items. … One of the first type of beads that were made were bone beads. These beads are made from actual bones which are shaped and threaded to use in decorating.
Simply put, they aren’t really anything. They are made for decoration for a coffee table, side table or any table topper.
Here’s my Inspiration bone beads from McGee and Co. They’re my inspiration for everything. I was also inspired by my friend Chelsey. You need to give her a follow, her home is drop dead gorgeous!
What You Need for DIY Bone Beads
- Crayola Air Dry Clay – Here’s mine.
- Jute – I had to re-string mine as originally used wire
- Parchment Paper
These are so easy and you can make any shape or size you want. I went for bigger beads like the McGee and Co ones and I formed them into odd rectangle and square shapes. Being uneven is key.
It took me 30 minutes to make all the beads. One hot tip is to roll each bead into a ball to form away any creases or lines and then form them into your shape.
I then took a sharp object to poke a hole through them.
I originally left them on the pan to dry for the full 2-3 days, but 24 hours in I got impatient and decided to bake them at 250 for 30 minutes. That did the trick and they were rock hard! Get it… rock hard haha…
As you can see in the above photo, I used floral wire since I didn’t have jute on hand. I decided to order some so it would lay nicer and I restrung it.
These DIY bone beads are so easy and anyone can make them. There really isn’t any way to screw them up.
I love how they add texture. I was also thinking of making a skinnier and longer strand for my dresser. I still have over half of my tub of clay left!
Let me know if you decide to make these diy bone beads. It’s funny what trends come in to be. I’m sure in a year we will look back on them and think we were crazy for liking them!