Fall in Love with these Fall Beading Projects
The trees are beginning to show their fall colors here in Colorado, and Halloween is right around the corner. So of course it’s time to start thinking about fall beading projects. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Or, you could turn any designs into fall beading projects just by using fall colors!
The surest sign of fall is all the changing leaves — and all the leaves in your yard and on your car! The following designs celebrate the colorful changing of the seasons.
Aspen Leaf Earrings
Use circular peyote stitch, square stitch, and netting to transform seed beads and 1.8mm cubes into lovely fall leaves.
Falling Leaves Lariat
Combine netting, peyote stitch, and fringe to create a lariat necklace with interchangeable closures.
Falling Leaves Bracelet
This gorgeous bracelet, only available in the eBook 10 Holiday Projects for Fall through the New Year, lets you wrap your wrist in the splendor of falling leaves.
To make your own designs with beaded leaves, check out “Hello, Fall! Ideas and Tutorials for Beaded Leaves.”
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the chance to become someone (or something!) completely different for a day. Even if you don’t plan to wear a costume for Halloween, these projects will add a bit of spooky style to any outfit.
Voodoo Queen Necklace
The focal of this necklace is a skull bead bezeled with seed beads and bicones. Wear it if you dare! (Like the Falling Leaves Bracelet, the Voodoo Queen Necklace is only available in the eBook 10 Holiday Projects for Fall through the New Year.)
Pushing Up Daisies
This whimsical design combines Halloween-themed beads with daisy beads. You’re sure to get some double takes when you wear this necklace!
These earrings use wire and a variety of beads to create a witch as scary as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy Halloween project, check out “How to Make Tiny Beaded Pumpkins.” These cute earrings stitch up so quickly that you can complete a pair in between trick-or-treaters!
Any Projects Can Be Fall Beading Projects
If none of these designs appeal to you, pick a project you love and substitute a fall palette of beads. I recently created a Halloween beading project by accident because I was testing a technique and grabbed the closest contrasting beads I had on hand, which happened to be black and orange.
After just 3 rounds of circular netting, I stitched what can easily pass for a spider web. Of course I had to try it again, reversing the bead colors to see the effect. I can’t decide which combination I like better — but I think they’ll make a fine pair of Halloween earrings as-is!
I hope you enjoy the cool evenings ahead and all the beauty fall brings us. And I hope you find some fun fall beading projects to work on!
Managing Editor, Beadwork magazine
Find fall and Halloween beading projects in the Interweave Store!