Looking for an easy craft project with minimal cost and endless variety? How about a beading project that results in something you can use to add sparkle to your clothes, keys, luggage, decor, or holiday decorations? This Beaded Dragonfly is the perfect project to try out beading, and it’s easy to switch color and size, whether you want to make a matching set for napkin holders or whether you want a large one as a luggage tag or one to wrap around your wrist as a bracelet.
The pattern is a diagram available from Hand Made for free, and if you want to try making different shapes and sizes, the pattern is very easy to alter. You could turn the dragonfly into a bee, a butterfly, or a spider and make an array of critters to adorn whatever you wish.
The materials you’ll need are as follows: thread or cord (stretchy plastic, hemp, embroidery thread, etc.), beads (make sure the string and beads are of similar gauge to prevent losing beads or not being able to slide them on – and you can use any type of bead, whether it’s glass, wood, plastic, or other materials like paper mache), scissors, and whatever you want to use as a clip or chain if you’re adding these dazzling dragonflies to something.
Of course if you want more beading opportunities there are free patterns available for other creatures as well – try looking through Pinterest or craft sites for ideas. Once you begin beading it’s easy to pick up new patterns or alter the ones you have to create your own unique projects.
If you’re interested in adding a few of these beauties to your collection (as keychains, luggage tags, or jewelry), you can take a look at the free pattern and photo inspiration at Hand Made, as well as our own pattern below.