Need a pretty project for a lazy summer day? Here is how to make easy seed bead flowers for jewelry projects that you can use anywhere. I learned how to make these on a Native American cultural center way back in high school.
You will need:
- Strong thread (poly or nylon core, do not use 100% cotton)
- Seed beads
- Needle (Make sure it is slim enough for the beads you are using)
- Lobster clasps, earring hooks, etc.
To start, thread 5 beads to start with and pull them through almost the end and then tie them into a knot. You want a firm knot, but not too tight.
Next, Use your needle to pick up 3 beads that you want to add as a petal and then you are going to go through your first bead. Repeat this again with another three beads through the second bead of your knot. This creates a little petal and you are going to repeat this for all 5 beads.
After going through all 5 beads, pull your needle through the middle of your first petal (the second bead of the three bead petal) and string 5 beads through to the next second bead of the next petal. It makes it much easier to keep your beads and petals organized if you use 2 different colors of beads for each level of petal.
After you create 5 petals of 5 beads each, knot off the thread to finish the flower.
You can create several of these and knot them together for a bracelet or necklace. To finish it, you can thread a few extra beads through the point of the end flower petal and then loop in a clasp on each end. For earrings, do the same, but loop in the end of earring hooks.