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5 DIY bead crafts

Add a bit of sparkle to your makes using these decorative items

5 DIY bead crafts

Crafty coaster

Jazz up a simple fabric coaster by adding beads in a variety of shapes and colours. You'll need to cut out the fabric, then sew on as many beads as possible to cover it up. Think outside the box with the pattern and style so that it matches your décor. It will be the perfect project for those last-minute celebrations that'll certainly impress your guests.

Simple cushion

This simple beaded cushion will only take you less than a day to complete and will make a great addition to any room in the home. Create an outline of a shape, or even an animal on the cushion, then sew tiny beads, ensuring that the outline is covered. If you'd like to take it to the next level, why not cover within your outline with as many beads as possible? It'll surely make for a stand-out design!

Decorative hanging

A bit of string and, of course, a lot of beads is all you'll need to create this project. Tie a knot at one end of your string before sliding your beads on – mix and match for an eye-catching effect, then tie a knot on the other end of your string to secure. Hang as many as you'd like around your home! And if you've got a tree, you could add a touch of sparkle and quirkiness by dotting your makes on each branch.

Pretty bow

A multi-coloured bow may be just what you need to decorate a vase to take it from bland to eye-catching. Source pipe cleaners and bend one end to ensure that the beads are secure. Once you've placed all your beads, bend the other end of the pipe cleaner before making a bow-shape. Adhere your bow to the vase and fill it with beautiful flowers.

Beaded t-shirt

Take a plain t-shirt and turn it into a work of art using a few simple touches. Outline a pattern of your choice and add beads, either sewn or glued on in a variety of shapes and colours. If you'd like a touch of sparkle, but don't have glittered beads, you could place dabs of glitter glue on a few, leave to dry and then add them to your make. It's as easy as that!