Get Your Seed Beads On

Tommy Ton ~

In the 90’s we all wore short single strands of seed bead necklaces with our school uniforms, particularly in Rasta colors or multi-colored hues, but I recall having a black and white one as well. When you wear a uniform to school, you tend to try to accessorize in ways that make you stand out as an individual, even if all your friends are wearing the same exact ones 😉 and even if it warrants you a detention. I’m sure I made all of my necklaces because seed beads are fun and easy like that, I was broke, and you know I’ll make anything I can.

While we generally tend to see Native American seed bead patterns year round as a style choice and pop up at outdoor music festivals and the like, I’m seeing new colorful designs spread out over all categories of style at the moment and have chosen a few images that really stand out over the rest. While this may be a great DIY inspiration post, oftentimes seed bead accessories are on the more affordable side, depending on where you go to find them. {Find my hanging seed bead hair clip DIY here}

Lauren ~ Garance Dore

From top: 1. Anthropologie Gem Board Statement necklace $78 | 2. Seed bead bracelet with feathers $55 | 3. Ralph Lauren gold & seed bead bracelets $38 | 4. beaded sandals $32.50 | 5. Braided Seed-Bead Necklace $16.94 | 6. earrings $9.60 | 7. Seed bead head band $9 | 8. Aldo seed bead clutch bag $29

Seed bead skull $125

Seed bead Christian Louboutin shoes

Seed Bead clutch on Late Afternoon ~ hey, I have that watch!

Not Shown, but also cute…
* Bebe seed bead cuff $39
* Anthropologie sandals $108
* Rafe NY seed bead bag $395
* Seed Bead jewelry box $$149
* Seed Bead sandals $19.99
* Seed bead belt $332

* ETSY has some really pretty vintage seed bead necklaces as well!


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Andrea Clare

    July 6, 2012 | Reply

    so pretty! they remind me of being in Mexico!

  • Life's a shoe

    July 6, 2012 | Reply

    very nice! so pretty

  • Sara

    July 6, 2012 | Reply

    I spent a ridiculous amount of time in high school stringing seed beads onto fishing line to make jewelry. I would even sort them all out by color (because of course all Wal-Mart sold was the giant multi-color bag) to make stringing patterns easier. These finds really take me back. That last clutch is insane!

  • Jessi

    July 6, 2012 | Reply

    Seed bead jewelry reminds me of childhood… My mom’s side is from New Mexico, and seed bead jewelry abounds in the gift and tourist shops all over NM! Fun 🙂
    xoxo J

  • Paola L.

    July 6, 2012 | Reply

    Me encantan los objetos con muchos colores,serà porque dan mucha vida,estos articulos que has publicado son bellisimos y son fenomenales.Paola L.

  • Alela Sirah

    July 6, 2012 | Reply

    I love it all especially the 1st clutch and the skull!

  • Amy

    July 6, 2012 | Reply

    Love the last picture of the Zara clutch!


  • Kat

    July 6, 2012 | Reply

    Yes! The seed beads are making a come back… and strong!

  • drollgirl

    July 6, 2012 | Reply

    seed beed! i didn’t know that was what they were called. i love it. all of it. the colors, the texture, the patterns — all FABULOUS!!!

    if you are ever in pasadena you need to go to the folk tree. they have all sorts of amazing mexican curio type stuff, and lots of seed beed goodies. LOVE!

  • Fore Front Trend

    July 7, 2012 | Reply

    Exquisite is one word that comes to mind when I see these entire outfits!

  • uni

    July 7, 2012 | Reply

    I work with Seed Beads Daily LOVE THIS POST and all the pretty items someone worked so hard on many many hours of tedious work

  • Anonymous

    July 9, 2012 | Reply

    It is so stylish and good thing for taking with Bag .
    Green Coffee Bean

  • thankfifi

    July 9, 2012 | Reply

    I saw this clutch that li has in the zara sale and CURSE myself for not buying it at the time!

    ♥ ThankFifi

  • Lorena

    July 10, 2012 | Reply

    Oh I am so glad these are back !
    I have tons of stuff I can bering back into circulation.
    Our local indians make the most spectacular beaded items.

  • Four Flights

    July 11, 2012 | Reply

    Girl, you know I’ve done a bunch of seed bead tutorials right? I’ve loved them since junior high and have been working with them for years! Great round up!

  • factoryfashion

    July 14, 2012 | Reply

    so beautiful!I like all of them!especially the 1st clutch and the skull!

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