12 Giveaways Kickoff: Here’s How to Win!


It’s finally December, and you know what that means — it’s time for our annual 12 Giveaways of Christmas! We at Beadaholique are thrilled to kick off this year’s event, in which throughout December we will be giving away 12 bundles brimming with beautiful beads, supplies, tools and other surprises to delight and inspire. We had so much fun hand-picking the items we’ll be giving away (maybe to you!), and we hope you’ll be inspired to whip up some dazzling creations with them.

Each giveaway is valued at a minimum of $75 and many are worth much more than that. We will be revealing the details of each prize on the day the giveaway starts in the form of a post on this blog. To enter, simply leave a comment on the giveaway’s blog post. The duration of the giveaway and your time to enter will be clearly listed in the post. When the giveaway ends, we will not allow further comments — we will mark the post as “This Giveaway is Now CLOSED,” and we will draw a winner at random.

Several giveaways may be active at the same time. To help keep track of all the events, you can follow the schedule below or check the calendar of giveaways on our website:

Giveaway #1: Dec. 2nd — “Hiding in Plain Sight” ends Dec. 4th
Giveaway #2: Dec. 3rd — “You Have Me All Tied Up in Knots” ends Dec. 7th
Giveaway #3: Dec. 4th — “Baby Love” ends Dec. 8th
Giveaway #4: Dec. 7th — “Casting Call” ends Dec. 9th
Giveaway #5: Dec. 8th — “When You Need a Helping Hand” ends Dec. 10th
Giveaway #6: Dec. 9th — “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” ends Dec. 11th
Giveaway #7: Dec. 10th — “Color Me Impressed” ends Dec. 14th
Giveaway #8: Dec. 11th — “Dreamweaver” ends Dec. 15th
Giveaway #9: Dec. 14th — “Second to None” ends Dec. 16th
Giveaway #10: Dec. 15th — “Making a List, Checking it Twice…” ends Dec. 17th
Giveaway #11: Dec. 16th — “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” ends Dec. 18th
Giveaway #12: Dec. 17th — “Bling It On!” ends Dec. 21st

Please note, each giveaway will start at 12AM ET and end at 7PM ET on the dates listed. For those on Pacific Time, this is actually 9PM PT the date before, ending at 4PM PT.

To enter a giveaway, leave a comment on the blog post for that particular giveaway (commenting on this introductory post doesn’t count, and your comments here will not be entered!). You can comment on as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win once. Please only comment once per individual giveaway. Multiple comments by the same person on the same giveaway will result in that person being disqualified for that giveaway, and the comments being deleted.

The duration during which comments (entries) for each contest will be accepted will vary and will be stated for each contest individually. For instance, there might be a longer comment period for a giveaway started on a Thursday vs. a Tuesday.

The winner for each giveaway will be drawn at random.

As an added bonus, there will be a 24-hour flash sale launched with each giveaway! All details will be revealed on the dates listed above.

IMPORTANT: When entering, please do not comment anonymously; we must have a way to notify the winner. Also, please do not use your Facebook, Twitter account, or Google Plus account when commenting — you must comment using Disqus. See our page on how to enter our giveaways for more details.

We will send a notification email to the winner. Winners must respond within 2 business days or a new winner will be randomly selected.

We are sorry, but we are unable to ship prizes to addresses in the Middle East or Africa (with the exception of Egypt and South Africa).

By entering this contest, you give Beadaholique, Inc. permission to use your name for promotional purposes.

The terms and conditions that apply to all Beadaholique contests and giveaways also apply here.

Good luck, and let the giveaways begin!

What to Wear to Your Christmas Celebrations


We know it’s the day before Thanksgiving, but it’s also one month until Christmas! The holiday spirit is starting to permeate the air, and maybe you’ve already planned out your personalized jewelry gifts for family and friends. So now the question is: What are YOU going to wear to your holiday celebrations? Let us help you decide!

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 11.52.45 AMA great place to start is our winter holiday projects page, which compiles all of our designer-created holiday-themed projects in one handy list. Among them, you’ll find the Holiday Lights Wrap Bracelet shown left, a pretty kumihimo project with Czech glass dagger beads for texture. The Christmas Sweater Peyote Bracelet, shown above, makes a conversation-starter of an accessory with its cute sweater-inspired peyote pattern. Also shown above, the Holiday Wire Wrapped Cuff makes a bold statement wherever it goes.

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 8.19.18 AMLooking for a great pair of Christmas earrings? Our popular Captured Crystal Christmas Tree Earrings feature stacked Swarovski crystal beads in a clever configuration that resembles a decorated tree. Dainty crystal angels adorn the Starry Night Angel Earrings in Gold, while the Glamorous Gift Box Earrings evoke a gleaming tower of presents waiting to be opened, wrapped with a bow. If your holiday festivities will take you to a more formal setting this year, consider the A Glam Christmas Earrings, which spotlight vintage lucite cabochons in Nunn Design antiqued gold bezels.

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 8.39.11 AMLast but not least, we have some suggestions for the perfect necklace to wear over your holiday sweater or dress. The Holiday Elegance Necklace in Ruby, shown left, is a dazzling mix of vintage lucite and Czech crystal cup chain. The Mistletoe Necklace, shown in the photo above, offers an understated take on a holiday accessory with carnelian and chunky amazonite gemstone beads. If you’re looking for a pretty, winter-themed piece of jewelry, the Lucerne Necklace delivers with its single snowflake-like Swarovski pendant set amid frosty, chalcedony gemstone chain.

Happy beading, and happy holidays!

Hanukkah Jewelry to Last All Eight Nights


Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah… The Jewish festival of lights is almost here, so it’s nearly time to get out your candles and dreidels to celebrate. This is a holiday of family games, fried food and plenty of candlelight — so you’re going to want something sparkly to wear amid all of those beautiful, dancing flames.

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 11.45.56 AMCheck out our Jewish holidays boutique for designer project ideas to make and wear for Hanukkah — including the Sterling Dreidel Earrings, shown left, which feature glittering beaded beads sewn from Swarovski crystal bicones. Another eye-catching holiday piece is the Fatima Hand Ring, with its Swarovski crystal hamsa set in a bed of Crystal Clay. Looking for something simple and dainty? The Lucky Hamsa Hand Necklace is the perfect accessory, featuring a finely-detailed hamsa charm adorned with a single crystal. Happy Hanukkah!

Jewelry Kit Gifts for the Crafters in Your Life


Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 10.20.59 AMWhat do you get for the beader who has everything? It can be hard to decide what kind of handmade gift to make for a fellow crafter who is more apt to make her own holiday projects than enjoy receiving finished jewelry. That’s why this post is dedicated to our gorgeous and varied collection of jewelry kits — kits contain all of the components your gift recipient needs to make a project, and come wrapped up in chic packaging that is gift-ready from the get-go. Basically, kits allow you to give the gift of crafting! Here are a couple of kit ideas that are perfect for the holiday season.

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 10.21.34 AMIf you’re looking for holiday-related kits specifically, check out our holiday kits page, which spotlights Beadaholique exclusive kits with seasonal themes. These include our Crystal Christmas Earring Set Kit, pictured above, which comes with supplies for three sparkling Swarovski crystal-beaded earrings. A little more challenging is the Christmas Trees on Red Peyote Bracelet Kit, shown left, a festive foray into peyote bead weaving with stunning results. The Metallic Sparkly Snowflakes Peyote Bracelet Kit is another pretty winter project well-suited to snowy nights.

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 11.20.01 AMWe also carry beautiful jewelry kits from other brands we love. Check out TierraCast’s new holiday kits, which include the cute, charm-adorned Oh, Christmas Tree Bracelet shown right. The new jewelry kits from Nunn Design would also make wonderful gifts — some styles feature an eclectic bundle of charms, and we love the rhinestone chain festooned Crystal Wrapped Earrings Set. And don’t forget to surprise kumihimo fans with one of our recently-arrived new BeadSmith Kumihimo Bracelet Kits. These lovely bracelets come in a range of seasonal colors and are immensely satisfying to complete. Happy gift shopping!

How to Decorate Your Gift Boxes for Presents that Pop

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We’re getting closer to the holidays, and maybe you’ve already begun crafting your handmade gifts for friends and family members — or at least started planning them out. You might have a list of personalized jewelry projects ready to execute, or some fun stocking stuffers. But once you’ve created your gift, you don’t want to plop it into a boring old jewelry box! You’ve spent so much time perfecting your gift that you want your packaging to match. Nothing broadcasts care and attention to detail like good presentation.

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 2.12.10 PMIn our video on how to decorate gift and jewelry boxes, our designer Julie demonstrates several ways to dress up plain cardboard boxes to make them stand out. You can emboss a custom paper label to stick onto your box, or tie it up with beautiful lengths of ribbon — and then finish the bow with a cute or meaningful charm. And don’t forget that cardboard boxes aren’t your only option for gifting a handcrafted piece of jewelry — you can choose from lots of varied packaging materials, including organza and velvet drawstring bags. (Still, the rustic, natural look of cardboard does have its appeal!)

Do you spend as much time obsessing over the perfect packaging as you do making your gift? We get it! Let us know your favorite packing and wrapping tricks below.

Handmade Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays

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It’s always exciting to reach into a goodie bag of gifts and pull out a little surprise. But alongside the novelty toys, games and other amusements typically found in Christmas stockings, it’s a special treat to find something handmade and personal. To that end, we’ve got a few suggestions for small, handcrafted gifts sure to please those who open them this season.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 9.45.39 AMBrighten someone’s fridge with a pretty magnet set, like our Gemstone Magnet Set, which features gemstone cabochons in wintry hues of howlite, sodalite and rose quartz. Or lend some festive cheer to the holiday dinner table, wherever you celebrate, with the Deck the Halls Napkin Rings, a quick bead-weaving project. Another dinner table accessory that makes a cute gift is our Set of 6 Holiday Wine Charms. Looking for a gift idea for the modern man in your life? Check out the Men’s Buddha Cufflinks, an easy project that makes a great holiday present.

What are your favorite stocking stuffer items? Share with us below!

Throughout November, Get a Free Surprise Swarovski Gift!

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Who doesn’t love a nice surprise for the holidays — especially if that surprise is a free bead gift? All through November, we’re giving away a free Swarovski crystal gift with each order! Just click the “add to cart” button in our sidebar to add the gift onto your order, and get ready to receive glittering Swarovski goodies on us, as long as quantities last. Happy holiday beading!

Personalized Jewelry for Special Holiday Gifts


Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.06.01 AMWe’re counting down to the holidays here at Beadaholique, and we want to make sure you’re ahead of the game when it comes to decorating your home and preparing handmade gifts for the lucky people on your list. So this week, let’s talk about one of the nicest ways to apply your jewelry-making skills this season: personalized gifts! Who wouldn’t be delighted to open a gift and find that it has been tailored to their likes, favorite colors, or personality? We have scores of craft items to help you create custom jewelry for your loved ones, including alphabet beads and charms, message beads, and themed charms of all types. Plus, now through November 9th, a huge selection of personalized jewelry supplies are 20% off!

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 12.40.40 PMOne major way to personalize jewelry and crafts is by adding a loved one’s initials or full name to a gift. You can spell a full name or a series of initials (several family members, for example) in The Alphabet Ring, pictured above, using alphabet cube beads and a Nunn Design adjustable ring. You can also substitute someone’s name for the beaded message in the macrame knot Just Breathe Bracelet. If you like metal stamping, check out the Name Plate Regaliz Cork Bracelet, pictured left, or the Personalized Name Stamped Mother’s Necklace (stamp anyone’s names; it’s not just for mothers!). The delicate Initial Layering Necklace, shown in the previous paragraph, would also make a pretty present, accented by a single Swarovski crystal briolette pendant.

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.07.57 AMIs there a voracious reader in your life? Give them a gift that will beautify any book with the A Charming Read Bookmark, shown above, featuring a cute initial charm. You can also commemorate an important date with the sterling silver hand-stamped A Day to Remember Necklace, or preserve photos that are meaningful to you or your gift recipient with the Photo Collage Square Bezel Bracelet. Expandable charm bangles make trendy and easily customizable gifts — check out the My Charming Mom Bracelet, which can be personalized with any number of charms and dangling beads. And don’t forget about elegant, upscale European Style large-hole bead bracelets. You can create heirloom-quality pieces with Swarovski BeCharmed crystal beads in your loved one’s birthstone colors; take a look at our January Birthstone Bracelet, shown right, to get an idea.

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 2.14.07 PMMessage beads offer another fun way to give jewelry gifts a personal touch. The Personalized Inspiration Necklace, in the photo above, bears a sweet inspirational message, and the Personalized Family Necklace, left, can be adorned with whichever family-centric message beads are meaningful to you. For a more eclectic take on specially-tailored jewelry, consider a variation on The Found Objects Necklace. This project lets you choose a message pendant that fits the person who will wear it, and you can also place beads, glitter, or a special keepsake into the tiny glass bottle.

Are you making personalized gifts to give this holiday season? Let us know what you’re working on!

Beading Table Wednesday: November 4, 2015

Happy Wednesday! Step inside the design room as we show you what’s cooking on our desks this week:

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This week I want to share with you a wonderful gift idea. Here is the full tutorial for how to make the Glamourous Gift Box Earrings. And by purchasing this project you will be able to make two pairs — one for you and one for a friend. What could be a more perfect gift!



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I have some of my favorite things on my desk this week! Petite gold spikes, pyrite gemstone chain, silver Glitter Roxs and a Nunn Design itsy bottle are all going to be transformed into a pair of statement earrings and a cool layering necklace. What are you working on this week? Share with us below!




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If the weather cooperates, we’re planning on doing a resin day here soon — so in preparation, I’ve been filling some Nunn Design bezel rings with various gemstone beads and pearls, along with stampings accented with Vintaj patina. Can’t wait to see how these pieces turn out!


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Experiments with Czech glass trinity beads! These little beads are proving to be a fun challenge to figure out. So far I have what looks like a caterpillar but will hopefully become a bangle and then a pretty round piece that I think will end up being the foundation for a Swarovski fancy stone. Stay tuned…



Pretty Christmas Decorations to Brighten Your Home


Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 9.10.08 AMHoliday countdown season is underway, meaning your helpful design elves at Beadaholique are here to keep you sticking to your holiday crafting schedule! Last week we talked about project ideas and inspiration for Thanksgiving, so this week we’re starting to look ahead to Christmas. We’ll have a lot of topics to cover regarding gifts, but first, we know it’s just as important to get your home décor prepared for the holiday season. A festive home lifts the spirits and spreads seasonal cheer — and also, small crafts and ornaments are fun projects to make with the family. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 8.57.17 AMIf you’re looking to create some beautiful, DIY ornaments to decorate your tree, check out the stunning Enchanted Winter Ornament, pictured above, which cleverly combines Crystal Clay, a filigree stamping and crystal chatons to sparkling effect. The Set of 6 Beaded Christmas Ornaments, shown left, is a fun family project based on a Beadsmith wire form kit. A step up the beading difficulty scale, the Rockefeller Christmas Ornament Set consists of bead-woven stars in metallic tones. And the pretty Beaded Christmas Tree Ornament Topper is a gorgeous way to dress up a plain ornament with crystals!

Finally, who can resist the seasonal appeal of the First Snowfall of the Season Snowflake Project? This glittering Czech glass creation would look inviting adorning a window this winter. Happy decorating!