How to Make Beaded Art Crafts


In this article, kids can learn how to make beaded art crafts using colorful beads, cut and paste materials, paints, yarns & thread, and recyclables. Almost every project calls for scissors, so make sure you use blunt ­scissors, and always handle and carry them safely. Kids should ask an adult for help with the hard-to-cut items.

As you try more projects, you'll learn how to use various tools while experimenting with different ideas. A simple project such as paper lanterns can be adapted in size, color, folding technique, and display. You create the additions that make your project unique.

Remember, creativity doesn't always mean making something new, it's learning how to combine one idea with another!

Check out the following pages for step-by-step instructions on how to make a variety of beaded art craft projects.

Yarn Collage

You'll be surprised what you can do with glue, construction paper, and a ball of yarn. Beads are the icing on the cake! Go to this page to learn how to create this crafty yarn collage.

Dream Catcher

Coffee lids? Thread? Ribbons? Yes -- you can make the perfect dream catcher with a few things from around the house and a big imagination. Find out how in this section.

Spiral Mobile

Whether you prefer to paint your projects or shade with markers, this spiral mobile can be created with just about any of your favorite art supplies! Go to this page to learn more.

If you're ready to get started making your very own beaded art craft, choose any of the projects above, or continue to the next page to learn how to make the first craft on our list -- a yarn collage.

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Yarn Collage

Yarn Collage
Yarn Collage

Create a unique beaded art craft by using this yarn collage. It will give your picture a furry, three-dimensional appearance. Stringing beads on the yarn adds even greater depth!

What You'll Need:

Pencil

Drawing or construction paper

Craft glue

Assorted colors of yarn

Blunt scissors

Beads (optional)

Draw a picture, such as a plane in the sky, on a piece of drawing or construction paper. Apply a line of glue along the outline of the picture. Then place yarn along the glue. To "color in" a space, coil the yarn around itself until the space is filled in.

Keep outlining and filling all the spaces in your picture with yarn. Trim off any excess yarn. To add more dimension to the picture, string a few beads on the yarn as you go along.

In the next section, learn how to create a dream catcher from a few items from around the house.

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Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher
Dream Catcher

This beaded art craft will help make all your dreams come true. Learn how to make a dream catcher!

What You'll Need:

Plastic coffee can lid

Scissors

Ribbon

Glue

Embroidery thread and needle

Thin leather cord

Beads

Feathers

Cut out the middle of a plastic coffee can lid to make a ring. You may need some adult help for this part. Wind the ribbon several times around the ring until it is totally covered and nicely padded; glue the ends in place. Loosely wrap embroidery thread around the plastic ring to form 8 small loops.

Use a needle to weave the thread in and out of the loops around the ring. Loosely knot the thread to each loop. Then sew each loop with its opposite loop to make a web. Hold a bead in the center and pass the thread through it each time you sew 2 loops together. To finish, tie loops of thin leather cord to the top and bottom of the ring.

Cut the bottom loop so 2 lengths of cord hang down. Thread beads and glue feathers to these ends. Hang the Dream Catcher over your bed using the top loop. All your bad dreams will get caught in the web, but all your good dreams will pass through the center and come true!

Grab your paintbrush and a handful of beads! In the next and last section of this article, you'll learn how to make a twirling spiral mobile.

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Spiral Mobile

The spiral cut line is an important step in creating the twirling effect of this spiral mobile.
The spiral cut line is an important step in creating the twirling effect of this spiral mobile.

It's easy to make a spiral mobile. We'll show you how to make this beaded art craft that you can hang in front of an open window. Let the wind gently twirl and whirl your spiral mobile! Ask mom or dad for help before you begin.

What You'll Need:

Pencil

39-ounce-size plastic coffee can lid

Scissors

Permanent markers or acrylic paints

Paintbrush

Hole punch

String

Mobile items such as shells, acorns, or beads

To make the spiral mobile hanger, draw a 1-inch-wide spiral line on a large coffee can lid. With an adult's help, cut along the spiral line. (See illustration below for reference.)

Decorate the spiral mobile hanger with acrylic paints or permanent markers. Let dry. Punch holes in the mobile hanger along the spiral, making sure the holes line up together on each ring of the spiral.

Punch a hole at the top end of the spiral, and thread it with string to hang the mobile. Pull the spiral hanger open. Tie a piece of string through 1 top hole of the spiral, and string it through 1 hole on each adjacent part of the spiral.

Leave the end of the string hanging. This is where you will hang your mobile items. Repeat for remaining holes. Hang shells, acorns, or beads from each string end.

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ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERSDream Catcher by Lisa Lerner and Kersten Hamilton