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How to Make Beaded Snowflakes

Updated on September 28, 2010

Easy and Pretty Snowflakes to Bead

Beaded snowflakes are fun to make! You don't need any beading experience to make these dainty creations. Make one for a pendant. Two beaded snowflakes could become dangles for a pair of earrings. Make dozens and attach them to winter gifts or use them as holiday decorations. Use your imagination and be creative.

Beaded Snowflakes Overview

These beaded snowflakes are easy to stitch. These snowflakes are glittery silver and white, but icy blue is very nice too. The stitch path is essentially the same as the one used to make a beaded star or mandala, except for a bit of embellishment at the points. The finished flakes are small enough for earrings (about an inch diameter) or you can tack them onto clothing or string them together to make chains. Once you master the technique using size 11 seed beads, give it a try using size 15's for really dainty sparkles!

Beaded Snowflake Materials

Beading Thread or Fishing Line: e.g., Nymo D or B

Needle: I used a size 10 English beading needle.

3-4 mm Bead: I used a 4-mm Czech firepolished bead

Seed Beads: Size 11 seed beads Matsuno silverlined crystal, ceylon white (or white pearl), and rainbow crystal were used in example.

Scissors or Thread Nippers

Find Beaded Snowflake Materials Online

You should be able to find the materials to make your own beaded snowflakes at most craft stores. Materials are also available online.

Blue Moon Beads Boutique Bead Box, Multi Color Seed Beads
Blue Moon Beads Boutique Bead Box, Multi Color Seed Beads

The Bead Boutique Bead Box collection is a wonderful way to get beading! With nine different assortments each boasts 24 individual flip-top containers with 8 grams of beautifully colored beads inside.

 
Blue Moon Beads Boutique Bead Box, Multi Color Silver Lined Seed Beads
Blue Moon Beads Boutique Bead Box, Multi Color Silver Lined Seed Beads

The Bead Boutique Bead Box collection is a wonderful way to get beading! With nine different assortments each boasts 24 individual flip-top containers with 8 grams of beautifully colored beads inside.

 
Beadaholique English Beading Needles Assortment
Beadaholique English Beading Needles Assortment

This is an assortment of 4 needles, in 3 of the most popular sizes, 2 x size 10, 1 x size 12 & 1 x size 13. Now you will have a needle for almost every beading situation, and you can try out each size to see which works best for you!

 
(6) Assorted Large Eye Beading Needles In 4 Sizes
(6) Assorted Large Eye Beading Needles In 4 Sizes

The strong but flexible Big Eye Needle can be used for any kind of beading project: stringing with silk or nylon cord, using 'invisible' fishing line, bead looming, etc. And it's so easy to thread this needle - no magnifying glasses, maybe even no reading glasses!

 

Beaded Snowflakes Step 1:

For these snowflakes, I've pulled the design tightly so that the Czech firepolish bead sits atop the snowflake. If you want your snowflake to be the same on both sides, use less tension or a smaller center bead (or omit it altogether). Have fun and feel free to experiment!

Cut approximately 1 meter or yard of your preferred stringing material. I used white nymo size D, but other threads or fine wire are suitable, too. If you like, wax or condition your thread with Thread Heaven (I left my thread unconditioned). Thread your needle and string on 6 silver size 11 beads.

Beaded Snowflakes Step 2:

Slide them down to within about 6 inches of the end and run your thread back through the first bead or two, to make a circle. Leave the thread tail - you will weave it into your beadwork later to strengthen it.

Beaded Snowflakes Step 3:

String a 3-4 mm Czech aurora borealis firepolish bead. Skip 2 silver beads and run your needle through the 3rd silver bead.

Beaded Snowflakes Step 4:

Add 1 white pearl bead and run your needle through the next silver bead. Add 1 pearl bead, run the needle through the next silver bead, etc., until you have completed the circle. You can adjust the tension on the thread to seat the crystal on one side of the snowflake or use a lighter tension to keep the bead centered. (The thread tail is at the top of the photo. I have woven it in and cut it so it doesn't show in the next photo, but I would normally wait until the snowflake was complete to weave in the tail.)

Beaded Snowflake Step 5:

When you reach the last silver bead (added a total of 6 pearl beads), run the needle through the silver bead and also up through the next pearl bead. You have just completed a 'step-up', which puts you in place to add the next row. Add a rainbow crystal bead, run the needle through the next pearl bead, add a rainbow crystal bead, run the needle through the next pearl bead, etc., until you have completed the circle.

Beaded Snowflake Step 6:

As you go through your last pearl bead, step up through the rainbow bead. This time, add 3 silver beads, go through a rainbow bead, add 3 silver beads, go through a rainbow bead, etc., until the circle is completed.

Beaded Snowflake Step 7:

When you get to the last rainbow bead, pass through it and step up through the next 2 silver beads. This time, string on 3 pearls beads and 3 silver beads. Go back through the 3rd pearl bead that you have just strung, making a tiny loop of the silver beads.

Beaded Snowflake Step 8:

Pick up 2 more pearl beads and pass the needle through the point (second) silver bead of the snowflake. Continue in this way until the snowflake is completed.

Beaded Snowflake Step 9:

At this point, you could simply tie a knot and trim your threads. My preference is to pass through the outer row (no beads added) a second time to reinforce the stitching and stiffen the snowflake. I thread my needle onto the tail thread and run it through a few rows before cutting it, too. If you would like your snowflake to be even more stiff, you can dip it in Future floor polish or a similar acrylate and hang it to dry.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great instructions for making beaded snowflakes. Very pretty and doable!

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      odiicreative 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this! God bless :)

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      aphrodite 

      5 years ago

      Wow, thanks for the tutorial. I really learned a lot. I love arts and crafts and this lens is very useful to me.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Happy Holidays! Excellent tutorial, thanks for sharing! Blessed!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      Nice tutorial - loved the step-by-step photographs.

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      TWOnline2 

      7 years ago

      cool

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      Mortira 

      9 years ago

      Great tutorial! Welcome to the Beads and Jewels group!

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