Everything you need to make gorgeous beaded jewellery in one neat, purse-friendly pack. We’ll be buying one for us, and one for a friend.
Easy enough for beginners to use
Great selection of quality beads
Only one kit currently in the range
By Jess Beech
Online courses, banana-bread or sourdough baking, Netflix marathons – this year has seen it all in spades. But as well as these things, there’s been a noticeable uptake in new hobbies across the spectrum – from sports to creative pursuits. One example is the interest in crafting, with jewellery making kits being a highlight for some of us looking to do something artistic but also practical.
If that sounds like you – and you’re someone who loves the idea of making your own jewellery but hates the prospect of sticking to a template – Macaroon’s Luxe DIY Beading Kit might just be the buy for you.
The brainchild of jewellery designer Sarah Linard and her co-founder Karl Salter, Sussex-based independent jewellery brand Macaroon specialises in pieces made using sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Until this year, the DIY element of the brand’s offering was a much-talked-about concept that hadn’t yet been actualised.
Sarah had long wanted to create something filled with beautiful, luxurious materials at a really reasonable price that was designed with gifting in mind; buying jewellery for others can be daunting, but this offered the opportunity to treat their loved ones to something a little different. So what better time to launch the jewellery making kit than during this year’s lockdown, a time when more people were exploring creative avenues as a route to happiness and improved wellbeing.
With its diverse contents, this beading kit offered the opportunity to work on a mindful activity, away from screens and using a creative mindset. What more could you ask for? We delve into the details...
Macaroon Jewellery Luxe DIY Beading kit specifications
- Starting price point: £28
- Collection size: 1
- Materials: Beads of different varieties
- Tools included: No
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With enough beads, charms, elastic and cord to make 3-4 pieces, Macaroon Jewellery’s Luxe DIY Beading Kit feels like a real bargain at £28.
This bead-based kit certainly doesn’t scrimp on the contents. There’s plenty to keep you occupied inside the Macaroon Jewellery Luxe DIY Beading Kit…
- How to make a bead bracelet: the ultimate guide to getting started
- Best online jewellery making classes to satisfy your creative side
- Everything you need in your jewellery starter kit
Ease of use
In comparison with some other methods of jewellery making, beading is really easy to master. This kit boasts a nice mix of smaller and chunkier beads, which is handy if you find some beads too fiddly to work with.
Founder Sarah recommends laying out your design on a cloth before starting to thread, letting you play around with the pattern before committing to making it.
Great for gifting, Macaroon’s Luxe DIY Beading Kit comes in a holographic pouch, complete with a pretty grey bow. Packaging is minimal – good news for the planet – and the plastic pouch can be reused once you've finished up your kit.
If you love the look of this set, you’ll be pleased to know that Sarah is hoping to launch new colourways, as well guided kits, in the future.
Macaroon Jewellery Luxe DIY Beading Kit verdict
The perfect present for anyone wanting to take their first steps into the world of jewellery making, this kit gives you the freedom to create something truly personal.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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