Crafts with beads have always been popular everywhere. Usually, these refer to accessories like bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.
However, beads can be made into things other than accessories.
Wooden beads can be made into curtains, while plastic beads can be melted into different objects.
In this article, we list different crafts with beads that are whimsical, easy to make and affordable. Your kids or younger siblings are definitely going to love these!
Crafts With Beads # 1: Suncatchers http://www.ahandfulofbuttons.co.uk/2013/08/how-to-make-melted-bead-suncatcher.html
Make these using those transparent, colored beads. Simply place your beads in a cake pan and put in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
It doesn’t require coating the pan with anything, but you may put aluminum foil if you like. After getting out of the oven, let it cool for a while. Drill a hole and hang it on your balcony or near your window with a wire or string.
The same process can be made using cookie cutters with different shapes. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter if you are a lover of celestial bodies.
Make a mobile for your kids’ or siblings’ rooms using beads shaped like animals. Hang them from a cross-shaped wood or an embroidery ring.
Tip: You can also make shapes and illustrations by melting beads. Before putting them in the oven, lay them one-by-one in the cake pan until you create your desired image.
Crafts With Beads # 2: Wind Chimes https://www.the-beadshop.co.uk/beads-jewellery-making-blog/jewellery-making-tips-and-advice/decorating-your-garden-space-with-beaded-wind-chimes/
If you don’t want melting stuff with oven, or want to do a more kid-friendly project, this one is for you.
The first thing you need to do is to cut individual pieces of yarn with varying lengths. After cutting the yarn, tie a small bell on one end of each piece.
Next, string the beads until you’re satisfied or have enough left to tie the string on the other end. Tie the string to a twig or embroidery ring, making sure to space them evenly.
Tada! You now have a cute wind chime. Make as many as you like and hang them in specific places.
Crafts With Beads # 3: Crystal Lamp Shade http://www.save-on-crafts.com/crystalshades.html
For this project, you will need those faux crystal beads.
String the beads on a wire and attach each end to the frame of an old lamp. Repeat this process until you covered most of the lamp.
Alternatively, you could weave the beads together.
Your finished project will look fancier if you can find those teardrop-shaped faux crystals. Attach them one-by-one to the bottom part of the lamp frame.
You now have a 2-in-1 bedside lamp and chandelier. Invite your girlfriends over and look at the awe in their faces once they see this.
Crafts With Beads # 4: Tree Paperweight/Décor http://www.meetup.com/CraftyGirl/events/204750912/
I’ve put it at the end of this list because it will require a lot of patience and wire twisting. It’s not hard to make, but it will require more time to make compared to the others on this list.
You are going to need a smooth stone, thin wires and small beads.
Gather two bunches of wire, and lay them on the table in a perpendicular manner (in a plus sign). Next, lay the stone on the meeting point of wires.
Pretend like your gift wrapping and gather the wires to the center. Twist them together to make the tree’s trunk.
Next, separate groups of wires to create the branches, and separating them again to make the stems.
Finish your tree by stringing the beads on your tree’s stems.
You can place you finished tree on you work desk as a paperweight or on top of your living room table for your guests to admire.