Bead crafts are excellent projects for children because they help to develop their fine motor skills while increasing their self-confidence as they master a new skill and create projects that they can share with family members and friends. The following bead craft projects offer a wide variety of choices for children of all ages.

Children will enjoy their books with this fun project. You can make a simple and beautiful bookmark using some ribbon and craft beads. Cut a length of ribbon slightly longer than you would like your finished project to be. Tie a decorative knot approximately two inches from the end. Slide four or five beads onto your ribbon and then tie another decorative knot just after the beads to keep them from slipping around.

You can use ABC beads to spell out someone’s name or make a word. Decorate each child’s bookmark with glitter, stickers, and/or markers. You can also add fringes to the opposite end of the bookmark for added interest.

String together a long thread of beads in a fun and attractive pattern. When finished, knot both ends and coil the thread into a continuous circle. Coat with a clear adhesive, and allow to dry for your own trivet or coaster.

Name Jewelry
Using adorable ABC beads, you can spell out your name or favorite phrase, and wear it with pride. Measure your wrist, double that number and add about two inches to get the total amount of string you’ll need.

Fold the length of string in half, hold a pencil in the center, and make a loose knot up against the pencil. Slide the beads all the way down the thread until the knot, and make sure to check your spelling. When all the beads are in place, knot the two loose ends together, and remove the pencil. To wear, place bracelet on your wrist, and slide the knot through the loop left by the pencil. This makes a great friendship bracelet/necklace as well.

Beaded Jewelry
Everyone loves jewelry. From necklaces to bracelets to earrings, beaded jewelry is by far one of the most popular craft projects out there because it is stylish, affordable, and fun to make. And best of all, it makes a great gift. All you need is beading thread or hollow lacing and colorful beads and lots of creativity to start.

Personalized Pins
Using a coiless safety pin, your kids can make a personalized pin. These are so nice and simple, you may want to make one to match every outfit or occasion. This super simple way to do this is with four small safety pins and one medium sized pin. Slide beads onto each of the four small pins in your preset pattern or color of choice. Close the small pins onto the medium sized pin. Close your medium pin and you are done.

A slightly trickier and more impressive locking pin can also be made. Cut any shape from craft foam to use as a backing for your pin. Glue a pin back to the cut out shape and let dry. Apply a layer of adhesive to the front side of the cut out shape (the side without the pin), and place beads until the shape is entirely covered. You can sprinkle glitter across the finished project to give it a lovely shimmer.

Zipper Pulls
Here’s a simple project that your kids can make with some beads and beading thread. Attach two lengths of beading thread to a zipper or key chain ring and pull down so that all four ends are even. Make a knot and pull tight.

Begin making four or five square knots with all four strings. A square not is simple. You take the rightmost string and bring it under the two middle cords and over the leftmost cord. Then you bring the (original) leftmost cord and bring it over the middle to cords and through the loop created with the (original) rightmost string. Repeating this step in opposite will give you one square knot.

Alternatively, repeating this step exactly will give you a spiral effect. Do four or five of these, then string a bead onto the two center strings and make another set of square knots. Repeat this as many times as you like. Not only is it simple, but it’s useful as well.

Sun Catchers
Native American sun catchers are beautiful and tribal looking, a wonderful addition to your rear view mirror, vanity, purse zipper or room decor. Cut out the center of a plastic coffee lid or craft foam to form a ring. Wrap a nice ribbon around the ring until it is totally covered. Glue both ends down for ease of use. Take beading thread or thin wire and loosely loop it around the ring around 6 or 8 times. Bring the thread around, and weave through each loop, pulling slightly to form a star/web type pattern.

Hold a bead in the center, and pass the thread through the bead each time you go to loop it through one of the original loops. You can add beads at any point in the pattern by holding it in place and looping through the bead as you make your loops. When looping is complete, take each end of the cord and let it hang down from the bottom center of the ring. Attach more beads at the bottom of each end, and knot.

Sara Simons, a wife, mother and crafter, works as a freelance writer for, which offers arts and crafts supplies that ignite creativity. Teachers, parents and hobbyists alike, recommend Hygloss craft supplies.

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