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Updated August 29, 2018

Don't let the name fool you. African Christmas beads are appropriate for all seasons! This African Christmas Bead Necklace is a fun project for all bead fanatics. Because there are so many options when it comes to color and style, these DIY necklaces would make great handmade gifts. Wire detailing sets off the varied colors and shapes of the beads, lending some excitement to a color-neutral outfit. With the help of this tutorial, you can learn how to make a bead necklace that transforms outfits from blah to bold.

African Christmas Bead Necklace
African Christmas Bead Necklace
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Project Type: Make a Project

Bead Type: Glass

Time to complete: In an evening

Bead Technique Used: Chainmail/Wirework

Bead Project Type: Necklace

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Even though this necklace can be worn all year, if the name puts you in the Christmas spirit, don't fret, we've got some great beading projects for you in this collection of 16 Free Beading Patterns for Christmas Jewelry!

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