My boys used to be addicted to this beading craft. Their backpacks were adorned with lizards, frogs, Pokemon and more. Every zipper pull and clip, bore a beadie. We haven’t visited this craft for years. When I mentioned blogging about beadies I thought I would be greeted with groans but to my amazement they each enthusiastically started beading.

First you will need a pattern. There are thousands out there. We like Making Friends, Margo’s Beadie Critter Collection, Evelyn’s Beadie Page and Jason’s Beadie Page. The pattern you choose will tell you the amount and color of pony beads you will need and the length of cord. Most patterns will call for satin cord. We find that plastic lacing cord is much easier to work with. The stiffness of the cord makes it easy to thread the beads—no need for a needle. We choose clear cord instead of colored because it works for every project.

First you will divide your cord in half and attach a lanyard clip with a half hitch knot .


Beads are threaded on one side of the cord in color order according to your pattern


The other side of the cord is threaded back through all of the beads. You continue through the pattern in this fashion.




We made this leprechaun and leprechaun hat


and looking forward to Easter this bunny and chick.


If you have used the plastic lacing cord and have trouble getting your beadie to lay flat when finished, you can take it and drop it in boiling water for about one minute. Remove from the water and place on a towel. Press your beadie with another towel, adjusting and flattening. Use caution– it will be hot when it first comes out of the water (especially the metal clip).

Happy beading!


12 Responses to “Beadies”

  1. Mary Z Says:

    this is really cute- how fun! Marykz

  2. Randi Says:

    I teach a homeschool co-op craft class this Friday and, thanks to this post, I now know what we will be making! Thanks!

  3. Angie Says:

    I love your beadies tutorial! I did this as a child and had forgotten all about it till I saw your site. Thank you for bringing back some great memories. I’ve added a link from my kid’s activity site so other mums can enjoy it too.

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