Beaded Jewelry Designs Inspired By Nature

Maybe it's because I live in the heart of the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, but I love to find inspiration for my beaded jewelry designs from the natural world. Every day, I'm greeted with the experience of being able to live close to the Earth, whether it's in the food and flowers we grow in our gardens, the chickens and ducks we keep, the breathtaking views of the rivers and mountains, or a lazy day spent paddling our canoe along one of the nearby lakes, rivers, and waterways. 

Of course, all of these things are going to have a profound affect on what my beaded jewelry designs look like! Because I love this part of the world so much, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite inspirations for beaded jewelry designs from the beauty of the natural world.

The Beauty of Spring — Floral Motifs

The inspiration: Every spring and summer, the milkweed in our backyard blooms with these beautiful, tiny flowers. I love the delicacy of the blooms, and the contrast between their light lavender colors and the deep greens of the thick leaves.
The beaded jewelry design: Using some hand-dyed silk ribbon and some Czech pressed glass flowers, I stitched up my necklace, The Beauty of Spring. I tried to keep it light and delicate like the flowers on the milkweed, using the lavenders and greens.

Ode to a Grecian Urn — Color Palettes

The inspiration: On Christmas Day in 2008, a small herd of deer came to visit us at my in-laws' house as we were ready to sit down and eat. I snapped a few quick pictures of them (from inside the house), and saved the photo as inspiration for my next beaded jewelry design.
The beaded jewelry design: I pulled colors from the deer photo and set out to match them in my extensive seed bead stash. The grey, white, tan, and gold came together nicely with some easy shaped herringbone stitch for my Ode to a Grecian Urn necklace.

Cloud City — Texture

The inspiration: This is what I see when I look out of my dining room window. An enormous expanse of mountains, trees, sky, and clouds. Not bad! The ever-changing colors of the clouds and the sky inspired me to dig through my stash of gemstone cabochons and beads for a bead embroidery project.
The beaded jewelry design: I tried to capture the feel of the fluffy clouds in my Cloud City bead embroidered pendant. I chose seed bead colors to reflect the colors I see in the clouds on gorgeous spring mornings, and used some Peruvian opal to add some round shapes to an otherwise rectangular cabochon.

The next time you go out for a walk, take your camera with you and try taking pictures of the world around you. Even if you live in a city or an urban area, there are probably plenty of parks and green spaces where you can find inspiration from the natural world for your beaded jewelry designs! Think about what colors, textures, or motifs inspire you as you walk. It's nice to slow down a bit from the crazy rush of everyday life and find simple inspirations for your next beading projects.

Want to be inspired by nature to create some sculptural jewelry-making components and beaded jewelry projects? Check out the designs in Beaded Butterflies and More: 10 Sculptural Projects Inspired by Nature. These 10 beaded jewelry projects include bugs, butterflies, plants, marine life, and even chickens! Download your copy of Beaded Butterflies and More: 10 Sculptural Projects Inspired by Nature, and enjoy a little bit of nature through your next beading project.

Do you find inspiration for your beaded jewelry designs in the natural world around you? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and tell us where, how, and why you find inspiration for your beading projects in nature!

Bead Happy,


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