How to Make a Beaded Banner

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Use colored beads to create a wall hanging.
Use colored beads to create a wall hanging. (Image: multi-coloured beads, background from beads image by 26kot from Fotolia.com)

Beaded banners are wall hangings made entirely out of yarn and beads that will add a bit of rustic charm to your home. You can use wooden, plastic or glass beads and you can use different colors to make up a pattern or image for your beaded banner. These banners can be as complicated or as simple as you want, but you will need to know the specific technique used to make these beaded works of art.

Things You'll Need

  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Yarn
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Beads
  • Tapestry needle

Print out a free bead banner pattern or create one yourself by drawing the dots of color on a piece of paper with markers. The dots represent the bead colors you should use and where each bead will go to create the image.

Tape the pattern to your work table. Measure and cut a piece of four-ply yarn at 3 feet in length. Line the string up at the top of the pattern to align with the first row of dots. Tape the left end of the string to the table with 6 inches of free string remaining. String on a row of beads in the correct colors and amount for the pattern.

Feed the end of a 1-foot-long piece of yarn through the eye of a tapestry needle. Starting at the right of the row of beads, pull the needle and yarn through every other bead. Do this on the upper side of the beads so this yarn is on top. When you get to the end, pull it through so that you have an equal amount of yarn on each side. Remove the needle and tie the ends together. This is how you will hang your banner on the wall.

Feed the long end of the yarn through the tapestry needle and add one bead. Pull the needle and yarn all the way through the bead on the right end that juts out on the bottom. Stop pulling when the bead rests against the other beads on the end. Add another bead to the end of the needle and pull the needle and yarn through the hole of the next bead that juts downward. Repeat this step until you reach the left side of the pattern.

Remove the needle from the end after you reach the left end of the third row of beads. Put the needle on the 6-inch piece of string that you left and weave it through the six beads on the end. Cut the end off that sticks out from the sixth bead.

Feed the needle back onto the long end of the yarn and feed it through the loop you just created on the end. Run the needle and yarn through the first bead that sticks out at the bottom on the left and pull it taught. You will do this every time you start back at the left side. Continue with the pattern and add the correct color of beads where you need them in the pattern.

Pull the needle and yarn through the very last bead in the very last row and loop it back around. Make a knot to secure it and trim the end of the yarn off.

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