Bead Crafts eBook: 8 Free Bead Craft Patterns
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 that they could use beads to craft other items such as baskets, jars, and ornaments. There are many wonderful examples of bead crafts in museums around the world!
But bead 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 piece of beaded art. Turn your trash into treasure by adding some beads! And who hasn’t admired those lovely beaded ornaments that turn up during the winter holidays? We’ve assembled a collection of eight bead craft projects in our 8 Free Bead Craft Patterns eBook, just to give you a taste of what those beads can do! We all know that beads can be used to make beautiful jewelry, but with a little imagination, beads can be used to craft all sorts of items.
Spangled Island Bottle by Inga Hunter
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. Like all beading, spangling is a matter of patience and rhythm. Thread can often catch around sequins. Experienced spanglers can tell this has happened by the feel of the thread, perhaps from the tension in the thread. If you find your thread is caught, go back and restitch the sequins. 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.
Dutch Spiral Basket by Alison Eastman
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. Then, 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. You can use large bugle beads, or you can make the basket monochromatic, or make each row a different color. The variations are really endless and the project is quick enough for you to try them all.
Beaded Bug Boxes by Ramona Finocchiaro
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).
Beaded Easter Egg by Yulia Crystal Papakina
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. Turn an ordinary wooden egg into something extraordinary! Weave freshwater pearls, bugles, hexes, and seed beads into a rich-looking netting that will dress up your egg. Add a fun twist to coloring eggs this year with beading craft the whole family can do together!
Herringbone Weave Coaster by Beadwork Design Team
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.
Marguerite Daisy Pin by Arlene Baker
Learn a basic French wire-looping technique 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. For the petals, the cross-over technique is basically the same as the continuous single loop, except that each loop is beaded either up the front and down the back or only up the front with bare wire down the back. Create one or a bouquet of fresh, springtime flowers to pin on your spring outfits using various colors of seed beads to match.
Snowflake Ornament by Robin Cowart
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.
Yes, beads have the power to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary-with just a little bit of thread, wire, and patience, you can turn an everyday object into a carefully crafted piece of bead art. Now that you’ve seen just what you can do with bead crafts, take a look around and see where you can add some more beads to your life! You never know where the beads will show up next! Download your FREE copy of the 8 Free Bead Craft Patterns eBook today! You’ll get all eight of these free beading patterns for making your very own bead crafts.