Free Beading Project: Bead Netted Bottle

A very long time ago, when I first started beading, beaded bottles were very popular beading projects. Even though I loved making peyote stitch needle cases, it took me ten long years to discover how much fun stitching beaded netting is around a tiny glass bottle!

I recently found a set of tiny glass bottles in the scrap book supply aisle at my local craft store, and as soon as I saw them, I thought they would be perfect for practicing my sculptural beadwork skills.

To start off, I decided to make a couple of tiny beaded bottles using beaded netting. The beaded netting works up very quickly (in about an hour), and you can embellish them with any fancy flower or leaf beads you happen to have handy! Use your imagination to add some beaded fringe and a strap for wearing your tiny beaded bottle when you're finished.


  • One tiny glass bottle with cork, approximately 2 inches long. (About 1/3" in diameter)
  • 5 grams each, two colors of size 15 seed beads (A and B)
  • Embellishment beads of your choice (I used a Lucite mix from The Hole Bead Shoppe)
  • Beading thread: 6 lb. Fireline recommended


  • Size 12 beading needle
  • Scissors or thread cutter

On a comfortable length of thread (no longer than five feet), pick up 5A. Pass through the first bead again to form a ring, but do not tie a knot! (This will give you some wiggle room when creating the first few rounds of the base so that it fits correctly and doesn't pucker or warp.)
Pick up 1B and pass through the next A in the ring. Repeat to add a total of 5B. Step up through the first B added.

Pick up 2A and pass through the next B in the ring. Continue adding pairs of A around, for a total of 10A. Step up through the first pair of A added, treating them as a single unit.

Pick up 1 B and pass through the next A in the ring. Add 1B in each space, and in between each pair of A added in the previous round. Keep your tension loose as you stitch to allow the beads to sit nicely in place without the risk of breaking a bead.

By this time, the base should cover the bottom of your glass bottle. If you're using a larger bottle, continue working in circular, flat peyote stitch until your base covers the bottom of your glass bottle.

After you've made your step up at the end of the last round, pick up 3A, 1B, 3A. Skip the next B in the round and pass through the next B.

Repeat 4 times. Your base should now resemble a star.

Pass through the B you exited at the beginning of the round and through the first 4 beads added.

Begin working the netting: Pick up 2A, 1B, 2A. Pass through the next B in the round. Pull snugly at the end of the round so that the netting fits snugly around the bottom of the glass bottle.

From here on in, work your beaded netting by picking up 3A, 1B, and 3A. Pull snugly so that the netting fits around the body of the glass bottle.

It may help to secure the base to the bottom of the glass bottle with a small piece of double-sided tape.

To finish your beaded bottle, work the netting until you reach the neck of the bottle. Decrease in your netting by picking up 2A, 1B, and 2A for each stitch, and pull snugly. For the last round, simply pass through the A beads in the round several times, tie a few half-hitch knots, and add a drop of glue if desired.

Embellish your bottle with any beads you have handy. Some ideas: tiny seashells, Lucite flowers and leaves, or crystal bicones will make your beaded bottle even more beautiful! Use your imagination to add a strap and some beaded fringe for a truly unique beaded keepsake.

For inspiration, you can write a favorite quote or prayer on a small scrap of paper, roll it up, and insert it into the bottle.

Thanks to The Hole Bead Shoppe for their yummy Lucite flowers!

Happy Beading!


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Jennifer VanBenschoten

About Jennifer VanBenschoten

Born in New Jersey in 1974, I escaped to the Adirondacks for the first time in 1995, making it my permanent home in 2000.  I have been interested in beads, buttons and making jewelry as long as I can remember.  It's probably my mother's fault - she was a fiber artist and crochet historian, and whenever she ordered supplies from one mail order source, she would order a huge bag of assorted buttons and beads for me and my sister!    

6 thoughts on “Free Beading Project: Bead Netted Bottle

  1. I have 1000+ of those little bottles ….and i NEVER thought of starting at the BOTTOM…I also put pictures in the bottle and all other kinds of things…

  2. I am SO saving this!! I have a ton of small glass bottles and jars…have been known to buy some condiment I never even heard of, just to obtain the exotic little bottle it was in~~~

  3. One of my first beading projects was making these tiny bead netting covered bottles, too. I thought they were so pretty, and I still do. However, I have had so many people, who have lost their sense of wonder, ask me what do you do with them? I tell them: dream. And once again they are lost. Sometimes, I give one away to some who I think may yet again learn to dream.

    I would like to know how other beaders use their tiny beaded bottles.
    I use them wired to a Christmas tree with tiny flowers in a bit of water; real colorful ones on a kitchen window to catch the sunlight; next to my sewing machine; and tucked into litlle nooks around my house, just as a surprize. They often need washing, but then, they sparkle all over again.

    1. I have decided to make fairy dust necklaces for my bear making friends at Christmas. I was going to try to do just a netting stitch so you can see contents of jar? But I am open for suggestions.