DIY: Grandma’s Potato Beads

Much of my childhood was filled with DIY projects with my grandma from pillows to puff paint to iron on tee shirt designs. This year in my stocking I had one of my grandma’s potato bead necklaces and while I was home a quick tutorial on how-to make these wallet friendly pieces… though I prefer the ones made by Grandma.


Peel a potato and cut into 1 inch cubes. Thread them onto a skewer to dry which also makes the hole to slide on ribbon (or stretchy jewelry cord) later. Let dry for about a week. Paint, thread, tie & gift! I wear mine as a necklace, hair accessory, belt, and bracket! 

Voilà! A little twist here, tuck there and the beads hit the town! Thanks Grandma!

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  • How lovely, what a wonderful DIY – easy, and pretty too!

  • CiaoChessa

    grandmothers are amazing. they know how to do everything from making necklaces to making you feel like the most important person in the universe.

  • So pretty! Perfect!!

  • Her hands are so beautiful. Very sorry for your loss, Jamie.