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Macabré Monday Halloween Mashup!

Halloween is almost here! You’ve got just one week to dust off your cauldron of candy, construct your costume, and carve your pumpkin. But don’t forget, you can also spook up your daytime look with a few beaded accessories. Today’s Halloween Mashup features three very different projects:

a quick wire-wrapped Pumpkin Cuff, an over-the-top Joyful Remembrance necklace, and a Spike & Sparkle choker.


pumpkin cuff

Click for PDF instructions to make your own Pumpkin Cuff by Barb Switzer

First off, we have Barb Switzer’s Pumpkin Cuff. I’m calling it the “weekday breakfast.” It is perfect for you if you’ve got just a little bit of time but you want something fortifying (wire wrapping is a great technique to practice) that keeps you going. It doesn’t take a lot of materials–like a good bowl of oatmeal.  It’s a great elementary school teacher’s gift as well. Jack-O-Lanterns are always favorites!

All you need for this project is:

Now it’s time for your beading “lunch.” Something sensible and satisfying. If you have a little more time on your hands and you want to make an accessory that’s got some edge and works for Halloween as well as year-round, you can make Molly Schaller’s Spike & Sparkle Choker.


Click for PDF instructions for the Spike & Sparkle Choker by Molly Schaller

To make the Spike & Sparkle Choker you need:


Click for PDF instructions to make your own Joyful Remembrance necklace by Erin Prais-Hintz

Our final project is one by Erin Prais-Hintz. It’s like Friday night dinner out. It is decadent with “courses” of metal as well as stone and ceramic beads. Erin pulled out all the stops on this one! Her Joyful Remembrance necklace is festooned with skulls, butterflies, roses and daisies. What a celebration! This necklace is one best left for a weekend or other time when you’ve got a few hours strung together to spend with your beading, as there’s a lot of wire looping involved in creating all of those beautiful beaded drops. That said, it’s a great project to work on while watching your favorite movie, which is also perfect for a Friday night!

Materials for this project include:

Molly Schaller

About Molly Schaller

Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family of creative kids and her handy husband. She's always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!