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Bead Projects

Updated on January 15, 2015

Have Fun Making Making Your Bead Projects!

Learning to bead? There's no better way than to start by creating small projects that you can finish fast. This will give you satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment. And lots of gifts for family!

Your bead projects can be as simple or as complex as you like to make them. The key is using your imagination to create your work of art. You can look at others for inspiration, or let your own imagination flow, depending on your ability.

This lens is designed to help give you ideas to create your own projects-- you'll soon be hooked!

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Bead Projects: Small Ideas for Big Satisfaction

To get you started...




Key ring


Chocker Jewellery

Bead Cards

Beaded Bookmark

Memory Board

Safety pin jewellery

Book marks


Another Small Idea...

A key ring makes a lovely gift.

These are a couple of key rings made last year for gifts. Similar to making earrings but attach different findings suited to a key ring. These have simple round wire attachments but you can get key chains that open and close.

Adapt your favorite earring pattern to make key rings and attachments for your mobile phone!

Photo by Lyn Bell

Bead Cover and Board

When we were in the throws of the earthquakes here in Christchurch I thought this tool would help me to keep my bits and pieces together. Nice idea but the truth is I really didn't do any beading in those shaky times. Just couldn't settle to it really.

Organise Your Beading Project

Beadalon; Bead Cover and Board
Beadalon; Bead Cover and Board

This is just like the one I have but mine doesn't have the cover which I think is a great idea. From all accounts the cover is made a quality material and is sturdy. One criticism from a reviewer is that it could have more space when closed. I would have thought this was a plus as you wouldn't want your beads floating around into other compartments!

Great for checking the length and balance of your projects and organising your beads while you work.


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Beading Instructions and Tips

African lucky beans
African lucky beans

Using Nature's Own Beads....

When I lived in Africa you could buy lucky bean bracelets and necklaces made from the bright red and black lucky bean. These beans come from a plant which grows in Africa. The beans are used in place of beads and make lovely trinkets and jewelry. They are bright red with a black dot.

The beans come from a species of trees collectively known as coral trees. The African coral tree, called the kafferboom, provides beautiful red berries. These berries contains a toxin that can paralyse. This is something I was unaware of when living in Africa! Perhaps that's why they seemed to fade away in popularity...

Apparently the trees are now commonly cultivated in California.

There is also the Acai berry...yes, the popular 'super food'. Acai berry beads are dried, dyed and drilled and available online to purchase for jewelry making.

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Make a Memory Board - idea to use odd pieces.

memory board
memory board

Here's an idea to make the most of your sentimental items or those attractive pieces that you have lying around. The embroidered tray cloth is one I made and designed many years ago.

The items to place on my memory board consist of a pair of earrings made for me by the daughter of a friend...unfortunately they didn't survive very well but they mean a lot. She also made the bracelet for me.

There's a broken necklace that was given to me by my brother. Then there's the remaining earring of a pair that my Mom gave me. I was devastated when I lost the one earring as it was one the last gifts she gave me before she died. You'll even see a bit of coral from a holiday with some good friends. These are just some of the items represented.

Each and every piece has a sentimental attachment for me. I didn't want to give them up. I plan to attach the tray cloth to a board and stitch or glue each of the items to my memory board.

Bead Project From Africa

beaded necklace
beaded necklace

My Mom brought this beaded necklace as a gift for me when she came from Africa to live with us in New Zealand.

Photo by Lyn Bell

beaded sugar bowl cover
beaded sugar bowl cover

Beaded Sugar Bowl Cover

This sort of beading is very common to find in Africa. If you are into crochet you can combine your interest in beading with your crochet!

Beads edge the cup and saucer on the top and of course there's more to be found around the bottom edge.

Photo by Lyn Bell

Making Bead Projects With Safety Pins - A variety of different projects to make...

All so easy and made with safety pins.

Have you made bead projects with safety pins?

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Choosing Colors for the Season

Choosing Colors for the Season
Choosing Colors for the Season

Please feel free to share your project ideas with others. Or post your comments.

Add Your Own Bead Project Idea

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    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I used to make bead jewelry for a local craft store here in Tokyo. I no longer have time to make them but I loved making them.

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      5 years ago

      Great info and some very creative ideas.

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I used to make jewelry with beads as a teenager but I don't seem to have the time these days. Great lens-blessed!

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      6 years ago

      Love beads, love the lens! Wish I had more time to do stuff like this.

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      6 years ago

      Quite wonderful projects you've presented! Thanks for sharing!

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      Elisa Margaret lesmana 

      6 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      I'd love to make an ethnic beaded choker. It would look fabulous to wear in parties.

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      6 years ago

      These are lovely ideas and fun to do.

    • beaworkathomemom profile image


      6 years ago

      I love bead projects and I like wearing beaded accessories too.

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      6 years ago from Southern California

      Try some of these beads on a collage pin - I have a lens for this craft. Nature bead would be something quite new.

    • delia-delia profile image


      6 years ago

      As an artist I tend to collect art and craft ideas and things to do..I have sat on a project for 10 years of using my broken necklaces of pearls, jade, coral and others...I want to make a necklace & bracelet using all the bead combinations...Thanks for sharing the info.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Very useful information.

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      6 years ago

      What lovey ideas! I will pass this on to a local craft group raising money for charity. Thank you.

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      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      Great projects.

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      6 years ago

      I have made a similar design as to what you have done with the key rings but mine was earrings. The key ring is a great idea.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! I started off with beading making earrings and I've been doing it ever since.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I have a vintage choker that needs to be restrung. I think I can use some of the information on this page. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      I love beading, and really should set up my supplies again and get with it. Fantastic ideas here!

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      6 years ago

      I used to make bead but it was many year ago. You reminded me of those days.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nice bead project ideas - I might give the keychain a try


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