How to Make Pictures With Beads

Making beaded artwork of any kind takes time and patience. You can make a picture on fabric by sewing on different colored beads. You can make a picture with melted beads. You can also make a beaded picture by gluing beads onto heavy paper. Follow these instructions for transferring any type of picture to beaded artwork.

Things You'll Need

  • Beads

  • Glue

  • Cardstock or heavy cardboard

  • Computer

  • Graph paper

  • Printer

  • Clear-coat spray

Step 1

Find the picture that you want to use to make up your beaded picture. Choose a picture with definite separation of colors. Make a copy of the picture using your computer printer. Divide the copied picture into grids by drawing lines evenly vertically and horizontally. Cut apart the grids. Use a printer to enlarge each section. Print each grid on graph paper. Arrange the segments in the proper order near your work surface.

Step 2

Prepare the work surface. Use heavy paper or cardboard for the background. Draw lines on the cardboard to divide into the same number of grids as the copied picture.

Step 3

Work on one section at a time. Use the copied picture segments to decide which color bead should go where. Each square of the segment equals one bead. Glue the beads on one at a time. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Step 4

Spray the entire project with a clear coat to help the beads stay in place. Frame the artwork as desired.