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Fall Foliage Necklace

By: Ashley Bunting for The Beadin' Path
Fall Foliage Necklace
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This Fall Foliage Necklace is the perfect DIY jewelry project to make as the leaves on the trees are turning gold. Make a beaded necklace that's inspired by the season with this free tutorial. The vintage raw metal leaf blanks will shimmer and shine as you move and catch the light, just like real autumn leaves rustling and glinting in the sun. You'll feel like a fall goddess all autumn long with this retro-esque DIY necklace adorning your collar. Celebrate the season via your accessories with this free jewelry tutorial.

Project TypeMake a Project

Bead TypeGlass, Metal

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Bead Technique UsedMetalwork

Bead Project TypeNecklace



  • 17 Vintage Copper Twist Willow Leaf Blanks 10x38mm
  • six Vintage Gun Metal Plate Flower Beads Dot Textured 5 Petal Cup Flower 16mm
  • six Sea Glass Style Round Beads 6mm Topaz Matte
  • 18-inch Basemetal Chain Antique Copper-Plated Long & Short Link 2-4mm per foot
  • two Copper Open Jump Rings 6mm
  • one Copper Lobster Claw Clasps 8x15mm
  • six Gold-Plated Basemetal 20g 2-inch Headpins


  1. Grasp the thin end of the leaf blank with round-nose pliers and gently bend over into a loop. Repeat to all the leaves.
  2. Attach the leaves. Start by attaching one to the long chain link in the center of the necklace. Attach leaves on either side of the necklace to every long chain link until there are 17 leaves on the chain.

    Note: Make sure to attach all the leaves off of the same side of the chain.

  3. Feed one topaz round and one gun metal flower onto a head pin. There are three short links in between the long chain links; feed the head pin from front to back through the center short link to the right of the center leaf. Trim the head pin to 1/4 inch and turn a loop.  Repeat on the left side of the center leaf and on either side of the third leaves from the center.

  4. Attach the lobster claw clasp to one chain end and attach a jump ring to the other chain end.


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