There are lots of different ways to make your own jewelry, but one of the most fun – and also the most versatile – is to use beads.
With beads, you can create a whole range of attractive pieces of jewelry, so for anyone who wants to try, we’ve had a look online to see what other people have been doing – and as a result, here are our favorite 29 DIY bead jewelry plans you can have a go at copying yourself.
1. How to Make a Beaded Necklace: 15 Steps – wikiHow
For those looking to take their first steps into the world of beading, this post on WikiHow would be a great place to start. It teaches you the basics of making a beaded necklace, explaining everything you need to do in 15 simple steps. Once you’re comfortable with the techniques, you can then start experimenting, but this guide is perfect for beginners.
2. DIY Rice Pearl Necklace
Here’s a fun video to watch – in it, this YouTuber shares her passion for her latest hobby of making beaded jewelry. She demonstrates her techniques, showing you how to make a range of simple yet pretty necklaces. As you can see, it looks like she enjoys making pieces like this a lot, so why not see if you like it as much as she does?
3. Introduction to Jewelry Making – Beads Unlimited
If you’re looking for a general overview of making bead jewelry and you’d like to know a bit about some of the main techniques you can use, this blog is just what you’re looking for. It teaches you the basics of the art, and then it’s up to you to put them into practice!
4. DIY Trendy Beaded Necklaces
In this video, this YouTuber shares a few ideas for how to make beaded necklaces and phone charms. Her designs are easy to copy, and they’re the kind of thing that would make a beautiful handmade gift – a useful video that’s well worth a watch!
5. Making Beaded Fairy Necklaces
Here’s a tutorial that shows you how to make cute beaded fairy necklaces. The YouTuber in the video is very talkative, and she seems to have a lot to say about everything – but it’s worth watching all the way through because she also has lots of useful tips about jewelry.
6. Nepal Chain Earrings – Jewelry Making Tutorial
As the introduction to this tutorial explains, this is a simple flower-patterned chain that can be as complicated as you want to make it. That means you can start off with an easy version, but as you become more experienced, you can start making more sophisticated versions. We love the way it looks too – give the post a read and see if you agree!
7. Christmassy DIY Beaded Earrings
Here’s a video from a YouTuber we like a lot. All her jewelry tutorials are so much fun to watch, and in this one, she teaches us how to make some gorgeous Christmas-themed beaded earrings. She’s a highly talented individual, and it’s always absorbing to watch her at work. Check out her video a watch and see what we mean.
8. Jewelry Making and Beading For Dummies Cheat Sheet
For anyone who wants to try their hand at making bead jewelry and who like things to be explained to them in the simplest way possible, this is a tutorial that should be of interest. It breaks down the art of making jewelry from beads so anyone will be able to understand it. A useful resource and well worth a read.
9. Bicone DIY Beaded Earrings
This video tutorial teaches you how to make a classy and sophisticated pair of DIY beaded earrings. We love the way they look, and we’re sure we won’t be the only ones. And if you appreciate this style too, you shouldn’t have any trouble making a pair just like them.
10. DIY Beaded Summer Necklaces – Honestly WTF
The beaded necklaces this post teaches you how to make look gorgeous. With shells and lots of multicolored beads, they’re just the kind of thing most people will love wearing in the summer – so if you’re looking for some warm-weather accessories, this plan could be just what you need.
11. How to Make a Beaded Necklace
If you’re looking for a fun project to work on, this idea for a beaded necklace with a cherry design should be worth considering. It looks lovely, but if you follow what this YouTuber does in her video, it should be easy enough for you to make one yourself – check it out and see what you think.
12. Bead Necklace: DIY Braided Bead Strand Tutorial
The necklace in this post is highly original because it starts with several beaded strands that are then braided to create an attractive and stylish look. The one in the photo only uses one color, but you could also use different colors for each strand to give it an even more striking look.
13. How to Make a DIY Beaded Stretch Cord Bracelet Tutorial
As this YouTuber explains at the start of her video, stretch bracelets are an ideal project for anyone to work on, whether you’re a rookie beader or a confirmed expert. We like the way she shares plenty of useful tips and advice for making sure your project is a success, and we’re sure most people will be able to learn a thing or two from her.
14. DIY Beaded Bracelet Tutorial – Thesprucecrafts.com
Here’s a simple tutorial that will teach you how to make an easy beaded bracelet that’s just gorgeous. It starts by giving you the necessary info about assembling your supplies before giving you clear instructions for how to go about the project. And when you’ve finished, you should have a beautiful bracelet just like the one in the photo.
15. DIY Cherry Bead Ring Easy Tutorial
Cherries seem to be a popular design for beaded jewelry, and here’s a plan for another pretty piece. This time it’s a cherry bracelet, and we think it looks super-cute. It’s not hard to make either, so if you want one too, you should be able to produce one just like it.
16. Beading 101: How to Get Started Making Jewelry – The Bead Traders
As you can probably guess from the title, this tutorial gives you an introduction to all the main aspects of beading, teaching you everything you need to know to get started. Once you master the basics, there’s so much you can do with beading – but this is a useful introduction for those just starting out.
17. Bead it! Totally Cool and Easy DIY Jewelry Ideas
When working with beads, the possibilities are practically limitless, and the only thing holding you back is your own imagination. However, if you’re struggling for ideas, this is a video that should help – because it gives you a range of suggestions for things you can try. Give it a watch and see which ones you might like to try copying!
18. Paper Beads You Can Make in Minutes! – Mod Podge Rocks
If you want to make bead jewelry, you can buy the beads you use – but an interesting alternative is to make the beads yourself. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, give this post a read because it teaches you how to make homemade beads from paper and Mod Podge. It’s an intriguing idea and one we think we’d like to have a go at too!
19. DIY Beaded Bracelets – Beading Tutorial
When it comes to making homemade jewelry – or any other kind of DIY for that matter – you can always learn so much by watching skilled people at work. That’s what you get in this video because you get to watch a talented YouTuber producing beautiful beaded bracelets. Once you’ve seen what she does, it’s your turn to try – so give it a go and see how it turns out.
20. Make Your Own DIY Painted Wood Bead Necklace – Think.Make.Share.
Here’s a great idea we love. Rather than using lots of small beads to make a necklace, this plan shows you how to produce a stylish and classy necklace using just a few large hand-painted wooden beads. It’s easy to make and looks great too, making it just the kind of DIY project we enjoy.
21. How to make Pearl Beaded Necklace
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and if that’s a sentiment you can agree with, this is a plan you should like. It teaches you how to make an elegant necklace using just pearl beads. The result is a sophisticated, chic piece of jewelry that will look great when you need to dress up.
22. DIY Beaded Wire Ring – Make Your Own Jewelry (6 Easy Steps)
Most of the plans we’ve seen for bead jewelry have been for necklaces or bracelets, but here’s a novel idea for using beads to make rings. There are a couple of designs to copy, and they all look great. Which is your favorite? We think we like the one with the green beads, but it’s so hard to choose!
23. “Adore Heart” Earrings. DIY Beaded Earrings
Here’s another tutorial from the YouTuber who made the Christmas earrings in #7 – and as with all her videos, this is another high-quality plan. We love watching her at work, and her ideas are so easy to follow, making this another plan we’re sure plenty of people will be keen to copy.
24. 8 Jewelry Making Hacks You Might Not Know About – Golden Age Beads
This isn’t technically a plan for making bead jewelry, but there’s lots of useful information in this post, making it an invaluable resource, so we thought it deserved a place on our list. As the title suggests, it gives you some useful tips about jewelry making techniques, including several for beading, so make sure you give it a read before you start your next project.
25. DIY Waterproof Beaded Square Knot Bracelet
For those looking for the kind of project that will help them learn a few new skills and upgrade their beading ability, this is a video that’s worth checking out. In it, you’ll learn how to make a waterproof beaded square knot bracelet using some useful techniques that are sure to come in handy for lots of other beading projects in the future. A recommended watch!
26. How to Make a Pendant with Rivoli Crystals and Beads – Jewelry Making Tutorial
The pendant this tutorial teaches you how to make is one of our favorite beading projects we’ve seen because it looks simply stunning. You’re sure to have a lot of fun making it too, so check out the post and see if you think it’s your style.
27. DIY 3 Stackable Seed Bead Bracelets
This is a fun video to watch because this YouTuber has so much enthusiasm and charisma. The stackable seed bead bracelets she teaches you to make are super cute too, and if you like them, you should have no trouble copying her ideas yourself.
28. Seed Bead Jewelry Making Tutorials for Beginners
In this video, you’ll learn the basics of making seed bead jewelry. As you can see from the examples, it’s a technique that’s worth learning – so give it a watch and then give it a go yourself!
29. Easy DIY Keychains with Wood Beads – Consumer Crafts
The keychains in this tutorial are an interesting and original way to put your beading skills to use. They’d also make wonderful gifts for all your friends, so why not make a few for all the people you think deserve one?
Loads of great ideas for bead jewelry you can try
As you can see, there are so many great ideas for creative and beautiful bead jewelry you can make, and perhaps the hardest thing will be deciding which idea to try first.
We’ve enjoyed collecting these plans for you, so we hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching them all too. And above all, we hope we’ve helped you find the inspiration you needed to make some beautiful bead jewelry of your own.