Bead crafts have been around for hundreds of years. The first bead crafts were probably related to adorning clothing with thousands of tiny beads, but artists soon discovered the many opportunities using beads: crafts for other items such as baskets, jars, and ornaments. There are many wonderful examples of bead crafts in museums around the world! But beaded crafts don’t have to be big and elaborate. In fact, you probably have everything you need right now to sit down and start creating a beautiful and unique beaded craft of your own. Turn an ordinary object into a treasure by adding some beads! Use beads to craft fabulous Easter eggs and add sparkle to your next egg hunt. And who hasn’t admired those lovely beaded ornaments that turn up during the winter holidays?
We all know that beads can be used to make beautiful jewelry, but with a little imagination, they can also be used to craft all sorts of items. Enjoy the expert techniques and tips in this free bead craft collection and create a beautiful snowflake ornament or a unique 3D beading craft.
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These beaded crafts are suitable for beginners and pros alike.
If you believe that beads have the power to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, then this lovely collection of bead crafts is a must-have. With a little bit of thread, wire, and your beads, craft your way to a beautiful piece of bead art. Are you interested in finding new ways to embellish your crafts by learning how to make a beaded snowflake ornament, a beaded coaster, beaded baskets, home décor, and more?
Pony Bead Pattern
Learn a new beading stitch and whip up a set of easy Herringbone Coasters for your next party with this free pony bead pattern. Choose bright colors of pony beads to make your party even more festive! This free pony bead pattern makes it easy to learn a new beading stitch! It is a favorite among pony bead patterns, because it makes for unique handmade home decor that is also useful and practical. Flat herringbone stitch and small pony beads produce a tough fabric, perfect for a heavy-use item like a coaster. Discover the possibilities of the pony bead; patterns like this will leave you coming back for more inspiring craft ideas for your home.
DIY Beaded Flowers
Learn a basic French wire looping technqiue with this favorite craft among beaded flower patterns. With Arlene Baker’s Marguerite Daisy Pin, you can dress up any accessory with beautiful flowers! Beaded flowers are a perfect touch of nature at any time of the year, and this one can be made in any color for any occasion. Create one or a bouquet of fresh, springtime flowers to pin on your spring outfits using various colors of seed beads to match.
What would the winter holidays be without a flurry of snowflakes? Make your tree or holiday decor sparkle with a bead snowflake ornament using this free beaded Christmas ornament pattern. Sparkling seed beads make these beaded ornaments a special part of your holiday decorations, and they make great gift tags for your holiday packages. This is a favorite among Beading ornament patterns. If you’ve been searching for beaded Christmas ornament patterns, this is the bead craft for you! Bead ornaments are a great way to dress up your own tree this year or give as wonderful handmade gifts.
Beaded Easter Egg Craft
Imagine how delightful a basket full of beaded easter eggs would be—no refrigeration required! Hide them in the backyard for your favorite egg hunter on Easter morning or tuck them into a little basket with some jelly beans. A crafted Easter egg like this one is a great tradition to share every year. This project is a great one to try your hand at 3d beading. Add a fun twist to coloring eggs this year with beading craft the whole family can do together!
Beaded Craft with Sequins
Dig through your recycling and find an old glass bottle, then turn it into a piece of beaded home decor by making the Spangled Island Bottle. Using shiny sequins and bright colored beads, craft a recycled bottle into a beautiful crafted treasure. The sequins will brighten up any room and make a unique conversation piece.
Ski Sweater Matchbox Cover by Susan Swanson
Don’t throw away that empty matchbox! Susan Swanson’s Ski Sweater Matchbox Cover fits like a glove so you can use that old matchbox to store your favorite tiny bead treasures. Susan explains that she loves to light candles all over her house but can never find
the matches. So she designed this beaded craft to cover matchboxes so they are pretty enough to leave out on a table. The inspiration for this beads craft first came from matchboxes from the 1800s that were little metal boxes that were decorated
with intricate tooling.
Beaded Basket Craft
The inspiration for this beaded craft was developed while working on a Dutch spiral bracelet.
Alison thought that the stitch would lend itself well to a bag. So she set about making a Dutch spiral bag. A wonderful thing happened halfway through. She looked down at her partially finished bag and saw the cutest ring basket! It was the perfect size to hold earrings and rings on top of the dresser. This project can be made with any number of combinations. For instance, you can use large bugle beads, or you can make the basket monochromatic, or make each row a different color. Beaded fringe can even be added to the top. The variations are really endless and the project is quick enough for you to try them all.
How to Make Bead Bags with Fiberglass Screens
Ramona’s experience with bead weaving on fiberglass screen began several years ago when she was looking for a technique to make strong and flexible panels for a lampshade. The screening is very durable and can be cut and draped, then glued or sewn to almost any surface. The possibilities of this technique are endless. Since her first lampshade, she’s made jewelry, purses, pictures, crafted ornaments, and even garment insertions. Depending on the type of bead you use, the finished work resembles stained glass (transparent beads) or mosaic (opaque beads).
A fun way to use up spare beads and create homemade gifts.
Start one or try all eight of these beads crafts today and see how addictive they can be. Show off your craft abilities by customizing each design to bring just the right touch of color.