Beading projects come in all shapes and sizes, and some are very very easy while others are things beginners might not even want to try! But a simple bead weave is not one of those. Any beading crafter can set up a little bead loom and make a bracelet like this.
The best part is that the beaded bracelet isn’t the only DIY thing involved. Although you can buy bead looms, many people make their own loom as well. You can find tons of designs out there. Here’s one made by Holly Mann.
Here’s a the materials and some photos, which will give you an idea of whether this project is for you, and for complete instructions you can head over to Mrs. Mann’s directions.
Making a DIY Beading Loom
- Piece of scrap wood
- Two small pieces of wood
- Two bolts
- Six eye-rings or eye-bolts & a couple of screws
Making a Beaded Bracelet Weave-style (these are Holly’s suggestions, but you can modify the sizes of needles and beads a lot)
- Seed beads
- Thread – 0.006in or 0.15mm
- Needles – size 10-13
- Scissors & round-nose pliers
Make Beaded Jewelry Like This
When I was little, we spent quite a bit of time in the car. Some of it was for my parents’ job, some because our relatives were spread out across the U.S. from California to Florida, and sometimes we just wanted to go on a road trip. I always brought things with me to keep myself occupied, although what I brought changed with the years. First it was toys, then books, then a Discman, and eventually, I learned how to do a variety of crafts, including crochet, cross-stitch, and beading. My friend Lydia was the main inspiration for my desire to learn beading. Art came intuitively to her, and often in forms that were arranged inside the dollhouse she’d designed. I still have two beading projects she made and gave to me – a beaded mat with a butterfly pattern for my own dollhouse, and a journal that she hand-sewed and beaded painstakingly together for a school assignment.
If you think of beading as something for experts, or dedicated hobbyists, you may want to check out a few books from the library, or watch a few videos on YouTube, like the one below. Beading is an enjoyable, meditative craft that requires few materials and whatever time you have available. It’s a craft you can keep coming back to over a period of weeks, months, or even years. To start your own beading adventure, you’ll only really need the following items: fishing line (later you can graduate to wire, elastic, or leather), beads (pony beads, seed beads, and wooden beads are great for beginners, but if you’re feeling fancy you can always order glass, porcelain, or metal beads later), scissors, felt, thread, and a needle.
Depending on your project and pattern, you may also need leather, cardboard, tracing paper, a pencil (chalk, soap, or charcoal also work), safety pins, and either a toggle and clasp (useful for necklaces, anklets, and bracelets), brooch backings, earring hooks, and glue. You can also substitute for what you don’t have with handy kitchen tools like wax paper and tinfoil, skewers, and rubber bands. You can also use other craft items such as rhinestones, feathers, crystals, chain, and magazines. Experiment and find which materials work best for you.
What you’ll want to do first is find a simple pattern to transfer onto your backing, which should be firm enough to hold plenty of beads without drooping. Then you’ll choose your beads and get to work sewing them onto the backing. You can also add buttons, fabric, lace, or other standout objects to the brooch with glue. After you’re done sewing the beads on, attach a brooch pin. You’re done!
Interested in trying out a beading pattern? This brooch on YouTube is fun, but if you’d rather go for something inspired by nature, you can try the instructions found on Podelki (Google does a pretty good job at translating the page and the instructions, but there are also plenty of photos with step-by-step, simple instructions).
DIY Beaded Bracelet - Free Tutorial
Last time I hosted a brunch, I was reminded of how simple it all can be. All you need is a pitcher for mimosas, some light snacks, and a place to sit outside and gab. I always wonder, however, what I should be wearing. Is brunch something to dress up for, or dress down? Casual or not-so-much? Cute or classy? Though of course it depends on the brunch crowd you’re spending time with, these worrisome wardrobe questions can be mostly avoided by adhering to the true spirit of brunch. You’re going out with your friends to socialize. Dress comfortably, and if you want to add some sparkle, try an accessory or two.
I’d recommend a bracelet. It won’t get tangled in anyone’s hair like a necklace or earrings, it isn’t easily lost like a ring, and it is within sight so as to be admired, unlike some ankle jewelry or toe rings. It’s the perfect brunch showpiece because you’ll be subtly showing it off every time you raise a glass or bring a spoonful of delectable fruit to your lips.
The beaded bracelet by Sonysree Creations is the ultimate in classic, elegant jewelry without being overt. Not only is it a simple pattern, it is easily customizable to your tastes. Seed pearls, statement beads, and a toggle and clasp are the main ingredients and can be re-mixed into various bracelets that are perfect for every time of year and every conceivable occasion.
Not only does this bracelet look good on your wrist, it would also make a lovely present for friends, family members, teachers, and other people in your life that you want to show appreciation to for their involvement. And if you’re wondering what else you can use these bracelets for, you can forego the jewelry aspect and use them as bookmarks, shorten them down to ring and napkin ring size, you can utilize them as a wrap for curtains, etc.
However you choose to use this free tutorial, the DIY beaded bracelet will rise to the challenge and provide many hours of enjoyment.
You can find the materials needed for this project online at sites like Amazon, or you can visit your local craft and hobby store such as Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s. If you’re a member of their rewards program, you can even shop for what you need when things are on sale and make a few bracelets for the price of one.
If you haven’t yet, we highly recommend that you check out the video tutorial for the beaded bracelet on Sonysree Creation’s YouTube channel. You can also follow her on her other social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. If you like this DIY video, you’ll want to subscribe to her YouTube channel for more jewelry and beading tutorials. You never know when you’ll need a new accessory for your next big event, whether it’s a girl’s brunch or for the bridesmaids at your wedding.