Instructions for Making Bead Animals

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Making animals out of beads is a fun craft to do with kids; it helps with fine motor control, counting and color recognition. Beaded animal key chains also make excellent gifts. Once you've mastered this beaded ladybug, try different color combinations to make beetles, bees and any other animal or insect you can imagine.

Things You'll Need

  • Key ring
  • 33 inches of black cord
  • 26 Red beads
  • 15 Black beads
  • Scissors
  • Lay the key ring flat on the table. Fold the cord in half and place the point of the fold on top of the key ring so the point is in the center of the ring.

  • Take the two ends of the cord and wrap them behind the ring and pass them through the loop of the folded end of the cord.

  • Pull the ends tight to create a knot. You should have the cord knotted to the key ring and two ends hanging down. The one on the left is cord "A" and the one on the right is cord "B."

  • Feed a red bead, then a black bead then another red bead onto cord "A." Feed the "B" cord back through those same beads in the opposite direction. Pull the "A" and "B" cords tight and move to the next row.

  • Feed two red beads, one black bead then two red beads onto cord "A." Feed the "B" cord back through those same beads in the opposite direction. Pull the "A" and "B" cords tight and move to the next row.

  • Feed three red beads, one black bead then three red beads onto cord "A." Feed the "B" cord back through those same beads in the opposite direction. Pull the "A" and "B" cords tight and move to the next row.

  • Feed one red bead, one black bead, one red bead, one black bead, one red bead, one black bead and then one red bead onto cord "A." Feed the "B" cord back through those same beads in the opposite direction. Pull the "A" and "B" cords tight and move to the next row.

  • Feed three red beads, one black bead then three red beads onto cord "A." Feed the "B" cord back through those same beads in the opposite direction. Pull the "A" and "B" cords tight and move to the next row.

  • Feed two red beads, one black bead then two red beads onto cord "A." Feed the "B" cord back through those same beads in the opposite direction. Pull the "A" and "B" cords tight and move to the next row.

  • Feed four black beads onto cord "A." Feed the "B" cord back through those same beads in the opposite direction. Pull the "A" and "B" cords tight and move to the next row.

  • Feed three black beads onto cord "A." Feed the "B" cord back through those same beads in the opposite direction. Pull the "A" and "B" cords tight and move to the next row. Tie a double knot on each end of the final row.

  • Clip the cords to ¾ inch from the end of the ladybug for her antennas.

Tips & Warnings

  • This project can be done with any size beads, but bigger beads make easier work for little hands.

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