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Happy Birthday Sweetheart

It’s no secret that my little miss is the love of my life, an absolute sweetheart and my reason for being….. pass the tissues :)

Being the sentimental little soul that she is anything I or my mother makes for her is hugged and treasured, so I decided to make her a secret special necklace for Valentines Day to thank her for being such a dote and tell her just how much I love her.

This little beaded doll necklace is perfect for daughters, nieces and special BFFs for birthdays, Christmas and any time of year :)

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beaded doll necklace

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Materials Needed:
Medium sized natural wooden beads
Acrylic paints
Modge Podge
Hot Glue Gun
Necklace cord (I had this leather cord in my hoard that I upcycled from something or other, but you could use thick wool just as effectively)

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How to Make a Beaded Doll Necklace

First prop two beads on paint brushes, wooden skewers or anything you find that will keep the beads steady and upright while you paint them.
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how to make a wooden bead doll necklace - valentine gift for children by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

Draw lightly with pencil the facial features and dress pattern you want to follow
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Paint the beads using acrylic paints for strong colour. Only one coat is required.
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how to make a wooden bead doll necklace - valentine gift for children by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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When the paint is dry paint the beads with a coat of Modge Podge, to seal and protect. When the Modge Podge dries clear the beads will have a lovely gloss surface.

Thread the necklace cord/thread through the beads, knotting the ends together. Use a little hot glue between the beads to hold the doll together.

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how to make a wooden bead doll necklace - valentine gift for children by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

Then just package up the little beauty and hide it away until Feb 14th

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how to make a wooden bead doll necklace - valentine gift for children by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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how to make a wooden bead doll necklace - valentine gift for children by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

16 Responses to “Happy Birthday Sweetheart”

  1. Jess Abbott says:

    Oh my goodness Michelle – I am so so sos so so so so in love with this!!!!

  2. Melissa Q. says:

    Oh, this is the sweetest thing!! I love it. Makes we wish I had girls.

  3. Heidi says:

    I’m in love with this!!!! Thank you.

  4. April says:

    Very cute! What kind of container is that you packed it in?

  5. Michelle says:

    It’s a small little tin box April – I bought a few on etsy some time ago so I’d have to hand for packaging special gifts :)

  6. Birute Efe says:

    Impressed. As. Always. Your daughter is a lucky girl.

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  8. Lisa says:

    That is adorable! Such a good idea.
    What a lovely gift x

  9. Sandra says:

    Really lovely valentines doll!

  10. Heidi says:

    What a fantastic idea!

  11. Heather says:

    I love this necklace; it’s so very sweet! In one of the last photos it looks like the necklace has a clasp. Could you share more about this?

  12. Michelle says:

    Thanks so so much for your lovely comment Heidi, it is much appreciated xx

  13. Michelle says:

    Hi Heather – sometimes I come across cheap vintage necklaces in bargain bins!! and I recycled for their clasps and strings xx

  14. Michelle says:

    awww thanks Lisa. It’s one of my favourites too xxox

  15. April says:

    i attempted this lol but my colors don’t hold. What brush did you use? Bc on the doll you can’t notice the brush strokes and on mine you can.

  16. Michelle says:

    Use a very fine brush April and go delicately and you won’t see the brush strokes. I used acrylic paint. If you want you can seal all in with a thin layer of clear craft varnish. Michelle xx

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