Bead Crafts

Bead crafts are fun for kids of all ages and are a great activity when you don't want the children to get sticky or make a mess. You can buy children's beads cheaply from craft stores or online, and break up old necklaces and bracelets from the car boot sale or charity shop to add some variety. Of course you should make sure that younger children are given the appropriate size of beads and are supervised at all times.

You can use all sorts of things for threading beads: string, wool (yarn), laces, or thongs. Our favourite with little kids are pipe cleaners, because the texture holds the bead in place and can be bent into interesting shapes!

Bead Figure Pencil Topper

Bead Figure Pencil Topper

This bead figure pencil topper is a quick and easy craft for kids. Perhaps they could have a go at making them at a party or for "Back to school". Kids can really use their imagination to create these!

Bead Sculpture Rainbow

Bead Sculpture Rainbow

This rainbow craft is fun because it is 3D - and also because threading beads onto pipe cleaners is just fun, anway! The rainbow sits on a cloud cut from foam board (or a recycled pizza tray) so it make a pretty display.

Beaded Butterfly Craft

Beaded Butterfly Craft

Here's an idea for a very pretty beaded butterfly craft for kids. Adapt them for all ages by changing the thickness of the wire and the size of the beads. Imagine a flurry of these hanging in your window in summer time - so cute!

Beaded Candle Holder

Beaded Candle Holder

When you light a tea light in this pretty beaded candle holder, no-one will guess that it is a recycled glass jar! Use pretty glass or plastic beads for a lovely stained-glass effect.

Beaded Easter Eggs

Beaded Easter Eggs

Have a go at these beaded Easter eggs with the kids - they make a great non-messy craft that can be adapted to all ages. It's a super little "take with you" activity too.

Beaded Ornament

Beaded Ornament

This beaded ornament is fun for kids to make for Valentine's Day or Christmas - it looks very pretty hung on a tree or in the window - or you could even make a miniature version as a pendant!

Beaded Wreath Craft

Beaded Wreath Craft

This Beaded Wreath Craft requires only a few craft cupboard supplies but will hang proudly on your Christmas tree for many years! Suitable for all ages. NB: It is prettier than it looks in the photos! The beads are so sparkly that my camera had difficulty focusing.

Egg Beads

Egg Beads

Most beads are round, but our "egg beads" are egg-shaped - an original craft idea for Easter!

You will need:

Homemade Heart Bead Necklace

Homemade Heart Bead Necklace

Here's a pretty Homemade Heart Bead Necklace using polymer clay that kids will enjoy making for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day - or themselves!

Pipe Cleaner and Bead Bag Tags

Pipe Cleaner and Bead Bag Tags

Decorate your bags and satchels with these super easy pipe cleaner and bead bag tags - perfect for kids to make for school, or as gifts for friends and family.

Pipe Cleaner Hearts

Pipe Cleaner Hearts

These pipe cleaner hearts are a simple little craft for kids for Valentine's Day, but they are fun to make and very effective. A good craft for all ages.

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