These string wrapped beads are so pretty, and lightweight. You wouldn’t believe it, but they are actually straw beads! I have yet to make something with them, but when I do, I will definitely share.
One of the most important keys to making sure that your string wrapped beads don’t look like straw beads, is matching up the colors. I didn’t aim for an exact match – just similar enough that the straw can look like a slightly darker shade of the string.
These are very lightweight beads, and so they’re perfect for making statement pieces. I’m thinking, chandelier earrings that would otherwise be too heavy for some, or a huge collar.
Whether you’re going to make a large piece with these, or simply string them on a pretty cord, you’re going to love how they look! They’re uncomplicated to make, and you can make a lot in a short amount of time.
While most of this craft is kid-friendly, it does require a strong pair of scissors to cut it at the end.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE STRING WRAPPED BEADS:
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- Plastic straws
- Embroidery floss in matching colors
- Tacky glue
- Thread snippers
- Strong scissors
HOW TO MAKE STRING WRAPPED BEADS:
- Match up your straws to your embroidery floss. Colors should be similar, but not necessarily exactly the same.
2. Spread a thin layer of tacky glue on the first inch or so. Start from the end, and wrap your string around.
3. When you are finished, add more glue and continue wrapping. Don’t worry if some of the glue oozes out – it dries clear. But do be careful to cover your entire straw and not leave spaces.
4. Cover as much of the straw as you’d like, and then trim your floss.
5. Do this for all of your colors. Allow it to dry completely.
6. Using a very strong pair of scissors, trim off the messy ends. Start cutting your straw to the size beads you want. You can mix it up if you’d like, making smaller sizes and larger sizes.
7. As you go along, discard any that get messed up, and you’ll be left with a beautiful set of string wrapped beads!
Now go ahead and make something pretty with them! After you make it, snap a photo, and either post to Instagram tagging @menuchadesign, or post to my Facebook page. I’d love to share it with my followers!
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