Bling for Spring! Swarovski crystal project ideas

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A little bling in the spring makes everything sparkle better! Swarovski Crystal Beads not only add sparkle to jewelry designs, but below are a few more ways to bedazzle projects and take them to the next level!!

Add some bling to clothing

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Bling out clothing with designs made of Swarovski crystal

When I was young metal studs were the in thing to add to jeans, handbags and other clothing. I loved decorating with those, but using crystal would have been so much cooler!!

Try adding Swarovski crystals to clothing in a unique design and then dress it up with other craft materials like organza ribbon, ricrac or even fabric scraps.

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Use iron on crystal on the back of a jacket

Create a one-of-a-kind sparkly design on the back of shirts or jackets with Iron-On Crystal Transfers – Made with Swarovski Crystal Components!

Embellish everything in the house

When it comes to home decor, the sky is the limit for adding a special sparkle with Swarovski crystals.

blingy wine charms lampshade and gifts

Dress up a simple gift bag with a charm or bracelet made with Swarovski crystals. Another idea to make a gift really unique is to use beautiful Swarovski crystals to embellish gift bags.

My favorite projects are fancy Wine Glass Charms made with Swarovski crystals or decorating an old lampshade with flowers made of Swarovski crystals.

Fire Mountain Gems website has a variety of project tutorials for every room in your house.

Summer projects for teens

Summer will be here soon and crafty teens can spend free time expressing themselves by adding crystals to all their gear!

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Create designs on cell phone covers with Swarovski crystal and glitter

My daughters have blinged out their shoes, headbands, notebooks and their Cell Phone Cover with Swarovski Crystals! These are perfect crafts for tweens and teens of all skill levels.

What is the most unusual way you have used Swarovski crystals in a design project?

Read any good books lately?

I love to read thanks to my parents and their example, do you love to read a good book? I wonder how many still like the feel of a book in their hands and not some electronic device?



Do you read for fun?

My Mom and Dad were always reading for fun and through books I was able to expand my imagination and sometimes escape to magical lands.

We had a large bookcase with many books, including an old Encyclopedia Set – remember those? I did many a school report using those Encyclopedias!

Now you can read books online, purchase ebooks and download them to whatever media device you like, but for me there is just nothing like holding a physical book and turning each page. I can see how much of the book I have read, and how much of the story is left by viewing where the bookmark is located.

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Memento Mori book thong shown with the best-selling book “The Shack”.

Some of my favorites

There are so many great books, and over the years I have gone through many different authors and subjects like:

  • Stephen King Books
  • Science Fictions Books
  • Ghost Stories
  • Spirituality
  • Great Love Stories
  • Mystery Novels
Egyptian Scarab book thong
Unique Egyptian style sterling silver scarab book thong with “evil eye” and crystal beads

Bookmark your place

I started making beaded bookmarks a few years ago, using art beads and charms that were left over after a project.

These bookmarks or book thongs add a little personality and decoration to books and also mark your place.

Bookmarks also can be a great small gift idea for readers at just about anytime of the year. My Mom loved them and became my best customer! In todays electronic age they are a unique gift and perfect for:

  • Gifts for children
  • Friends at work or church
  • A small thank you to someone who has helped you out
  • Stocking Stuffer ideas
  • and many more…..
Do you still read books?

I would love to know how many people still love to read books. What are your favorite types of books to read and how do you keep your place?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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The Carlo Biagi Coin Collection is a hot new interchangeable fashion accessory that is sweeping the nation! Similar to Nikki Lissoni, Mi Moneda, or Lucet Mundi, these are easy to interchange and make a great statement necklace.

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Valentine’s Day Coin Necklace complete set of three

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Top 5 Valentines Day ideas with beads

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These top 5 Valentines Day ideas are easy to make Valentine crafts using beads and Swarovski crystal. Give them as gifts that will be treasured for years for years to come. Use these great ideas as a guide and let your imagination soar!

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Heart earrings with Swarovski crystal

Valentines Day ideas to make jewelry with beads

These three jewelry ideas below are easy to make Valentines gifts to give to moms, teachers, best friends or make them for yourself! Handcrafted jewelry is always a special way to show love and devotion.

1. Heart Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Drops 

Beautiful red Swarovski crystals make these romantic dangle earrings.

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Popular large hole charm beads make a beautiful bracelet

2. Bracelet with Large Hole Beads and Swarovski Crystal

Chamilia, Troll and Pandora bracelets are very popular and this idea creates a similar stunning look.

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Adorable heart beads and heart with key toggle clasp

3. Millefiori Glass Hearts Bead Bracelet

Sweet millefiori glass heart beads and a unique toggle clasp make this a really unique gift!

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Card and gift packaging made with beads

Make Valentines Day gifts special

Here are two Valentines day ideas to check out if you don’t want to make jewelry. Create beautiful decorations on homemade cards or really pretty gift boxes using beads and crystals.

4. Valentine’s Day Card with Swarovski Crystals

5. Gift Box “Love” Decoration with Swarovski Crystal

Inspiring beads and supplies for Valentines Day crafts

See the great selection below of pendants, charms, beads and other jewelry making supplies to enhance Valentine’s Day ideas to use in making gifts!

Landmark beads from around the world New for 2016

New for 2016 are four Landmark beads from around the world. Just as 2015 ends and the new year begins, there are four brand new Landmark Beads from locations around the world!

Landmark beads are a unique gift idea for the woman who loves to travel and who also love beads and charms.



Every year billions of people travel around the world for business, vacation, and for a variety of other reasons. Landmark Beads are a unique way for the world traveler to remember each destination on charm bead bracelets such as Pandora or Troll bracelets.

There are over 80 different Landmark Beads and this year there are four new beads being introduced to add to the collection.

New Landmark beads from around the world

New Landmark beads from around the world
New Landmark Beads for 2016. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Landmark beads are made of high quality .925 Sterling Silver and are finely detailed, making them a unique addition to charm bead bracelets.

The four shown above are new for 2016 and are as follows from left to right:

  1. Chiang Mai Palace, Thailand
  2. Sky Tower, New Zealand
  3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  4. Churchill Downs (Kentucky Derby)

All four beads have just been released and are now available on our website. Each bead is compatible with Chamilia, Troll and Pandora, as well as other European Charm Bead bracelets.

Landmark beads have a large 5mm bead hole that is smooth making it compatible with types of bracelets since there is no threading to worry about.

Landmark beads are a cool way to show where you have traveled, remember a great vacation, signify where you were born, a reminder of where you want to go, and many other possibilities!

They are such a cool bead you could even collect them all!

Caring for your Landmark beads

Clean only with a silver cleaning cloth, do not use silver polish dip as this can remove the oxidation that highlights all of the intricate details in each bead.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide from The Aritisan Group

This Holiday Gift Guide is the ultimate guide to unique gifts that are handmade from the talented members of The Artisan Group.

This gift guide includes a variety of gift ideas for women which includes handcrafted jewelry, aromatherapy and bath gift sets, and even a Christmas bow for dog collars!

No matter who is on your gift list this year, find just the right gift for them at these Etsy Shops where each item is made from the heart!

‘Holiday Gifts for 2015 from The Artisan Group’ by beadloverskorner

Beautiful gift ideas from members of The Artisan Group


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JOY – Leather Journal, Leath…

$35

Lemongrass Gift Set Goat Mil…

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5 Piece AROMATHERAPY GIFT BA…

$25

Christmas Collar Flower / Pi…

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iPhone 5 Case iPhone 4 Case …

$35

Silver Night Crystal Pendant…

$45

Sea Glass Jewelry green Chri…

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Red Stainless Steel Ring for…

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Golden Gate Sofa Pillow, San…

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Framed Clutch Purse in Silve…

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How to use cell phone charms

Cell phone charms used to be all the rage! That was a short-lived trend because newer cell phones have no place to hook them. Meanwhile crafters and bead suppliers have jillions of them left over.

Likewise, when I was trying to sell my wares at local craft shows years ago, I created some cell phone charms with an assortment of really nice sterling silver bead designs and Swarovski crystal.

Guess what? I still have some of them! They are nearly impossible to sell since no one is interested in them any longer.

So what do you do with them now?

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Retired cell phone charm that I used to decorate an incense bottle

Great idea for cell phone charms

I love incense and have several types of incense burners in my home, including bottle incense holders.

They come with a large split ring and golden cord that hangs on the side. You put the incense stick into the split ring and then insert the stick in the bottle so that the smoke comes out of the top and the ventilation holes on the side.

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Over the years the silver split ring had become blackened from the smoke and the little golden cord had become frayed. So I took one of those unwanted cell phone charms and attached it to a new split ring. See how nice it looks?!!

Phone charms are a great way to add a little beaded decor to just about anywhere. Check my Etsy shop to see which ones I have left 🙂

Other uses for cell phone charms

  • Purse Decoration
  • Zipper Pull
  • Ceiling Fan Pulls
  • Giveaways with orders
What great ideas for decorations with beads have you had lately? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear your ideas!