How To Make Beaded People

There are so many uses for these cute little beaded people so have lots of fun making them! These are miniature figures that are made using only beads!

by Shellie Wilson

What you need

Assorted beads in 3 sizes
Elasticated thin thread
Craft glue
Safety pin
Pipe cleaners
Felt scraps


To make this project easier to follow we have provided you with diagrams below.

Step 1: Make a slip knot on a matchstick with your elasticated thread. Using your needle pick up bead 1 (head) 2 and 3 (body) 4,5,6 and 7 (leg) 8 (foot). Re-thread through beads 7.6.5.and 4. This makes one leg.

Step 2: Pick up beads 9,10,11,and 12 (second leg) and 13 (second foot) Re-threading through beads 12,11,10 and 9. Then re-thread through beads 3,2 and 1. Both threads should now emerge from the head.

Step 3: Pick up one small bead on one of the threads emerging from the head. Tie the 2 threads together and pick up 4 small beads on both threads and tie the ends to a safety pin.

Step 4: To make the arms dip the end of a pipe cleaner into some craft glue and thread on a bead for the hand. Push on a bead of the same size and then a third bead the same size of the body. Push the pipe cleaner between the two threads just under the head Add 3 more beads in sequence for the other arm gluing the last bead as before. You can add an optional felt clothing such as a skirt wool hair and paint on some facial features.

You can Leave the safety pin attached and use this as a brooch or tie off the thread and attach it to your zipper pulls on your bag or other items. Add a length of ribbon and use them as a creative bookmark.

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