How to Make Beaded Rings

Bumble Beads

Try both patterns for a bumble bee ring.
Try both patterns for a bumble bee ring.

Make some bumble beads to create a buzz in your hive. They'll look sweet as honey on your finger, and friends will want you to show them how they're made.

What You'll Need:

  • 6 inches of light-gauge, gold-tone beading wire
  • 2 yellow seed beads
  • 2 black seed beads
  • 20 to 25 clear seed beads
  • 1 black E bead
  • 8 inches of stretchy beading cord
  • 15 to 20 green seed beads
  • 1 small gold-tone crimp bead


  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors

Step 1: To make the bumblebee, bend the piece of wire in half. Then string four seed beads onto the bent wire in this order: one yellow, one black, one yellow, and one black.

Step 2: Separate the wires, and thread four clear seed beads onto each piece. Run each piece of wire back up through the body to form wings.

Step 3: Add a black E bead onto both pieces of wire for the head. Cut excess wire 1/2 inch past the E bead, and roll each piece into an antenna.

Step 4: To make the ring, alternate green and clear seed beads onto the stretchy beading cord until you have about 12 to 15 beads on the cord. Thread on the bumblebee by running the cord through the bee's body and head. Add more green and clear seed beads until the ring will fit around your finger.

Step 5: When the ring is the right size, pull both ends of the cord through the crimp bead. Use your needle-nose pliers to close the crimp bead around the cord, and trim the ends. Make the ring with or without antennae to suit your mood.

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