Faux Turquoise Cork Necklace

Once again we were inspired by Native American jewelry for this project. Using slices of cork that we painted with craft paint and a few plastic craft beads, we were able to make a faux turquoise necklace that we’re lovin’…

Sliced corks are painted with craft paint and strung together to simulate the look of turquoise.

For this project you will need: corks, craft paint, plastic beads, a needle and 2 ply lame cord (available in the jewelry supply aisle of your craft store).

The kids may need help slicing the cork, but other than that – this would be another fun project for the kids to do on Thanksgiving.

Using a sharp knife, cut corks into 1/4-inch thick disks.

Place cork slices on a paper plate and paint with craft paint (I applied a few coats with a quick drying time in between).

Let cork slices dry for at least an hour and grab some plastic craft beads.

Thread your needle. Pierce the cork and pass the needle all the way through, slide cork down and add a red bead in between each.

Complete your design and knot ends to close.



  1. Alessandra  November 4, 2012

    xxx Ale

    • camilla  November 6, 2012

      Thanks Alessandra!

  2. Roseanna  November 6, 2012

    So pretty…great idea! Here is another way to make faux turquoise that I did when my children were little.
    Peel and cut up a baking potato in small or medium (1/2 -1 inch) irregular chunks, use a skewer to pierce through the chunks and stick them in styrofoam or other container. Let dry for several days…they will turn to rock! Then paint with acrylics to mimic turquoise. It is hard to tell the difference! We made necklaces and earrings, they are still gorgeous after fifteen years!!

    • camilla  November 6, 2012

      Roseanna – What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing – I will definitely give it a try! 🙂 Camilla