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How to Make Beaded Jewelry


Awesome Earring Keeper
Be creative and come up with your own designs for these handy earring keepers.
Be creative and come up with your own designs for these handy earring keepers.

Make this awesome earring keeper for a friend's birthday -- and you can give them beaded jewelry to put in it.

What You'll Need:

  • 9x6-inch piece of hot pink plastic canvas, 60 holes wide and 40 holes high
  • 9 yards clear yellow lanyard lacing
  • 9 yards clear blue lanyard lacing
  • 20 blue pearlized pony beads

Tools:

  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Cool-temp glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Step 1: When working with lanyard lacing, check after every stitch to make sure the lacing isn't twisted. When you start stitching, leave a small tail and stitch over it to hold the lacing in place. At the end of your row, or when you run out of lacing, push the remaining lacing under stitches on back.

Trim the tail. If the lacing doesn't stay put, use a glue gun to put a small dab of glue on the end. Be careful, even cool-temp glue gets very hot! Ask an adult for help.

Step 2: Adding beads is very simple. Just slip a bead on when you have the lacing on the front side of your piece.

Step 3: Make the handle about 10 inches longer than you want it to be. Slide an end of the lacing through the top right hole of your piece. Tie a knot, leaving a five-inch tail on the front.

Tie a knot above where you want to place a bead, slip on the bead and then tie a knot below the bead. Repeat for the other side.

Step 4: Cut two nine-inch pieces of lacing. From the back, slip an end of the lacing through the top right hole and the other end through the hole directly beneath it. Repeat the same procedure as above for adding beads. Repeat for the left side of the holder.

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