How to make bugs out of beads

Written by jennifer streit
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How to make bugs out of beads
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Crafts made to look like bugs are popular with all age groups but especially kids. You can make a variety of bugs out of beads for a fun and functional rainy day craft or supplemental activity for learning about bugs. Dragonflies and butterflies are the most popular bugs but you can make other ones if your child is interested in something else, like spiders or bees. Use them as zipper pulls, key chains and more.

Things you need

  • Beads (amount varies)
  • 1 to 2 yards or metres beading thread
  • Scissors
  • Beading needle
  • Key chain hoop (optional)

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    Decide which bug you want to make. The type of bug you make will determine the number of beads and the colours you use. For both the butterfly and the dragon fly you need four beads of one colour (colour A), 12 beads of another (colour B) and about a yard of thread. A beading needle makes the process a little easier.

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    For a butterfly, fold your cord in half and find the centre point. This makes two strands. Attach to a key chain hoop (if using), a zipper or just make a loop to attach to something else later.

  3. 3

    Thread one bead in colour A onto the right thread. Thread the left side through the same bead from the other side so it is sideways with two threads in it.

  4. 4

    Thread another bead in colour A onto the right side and thread the left side through in the same manner.

  5. 5

    Thread three beads in colour B onto the right side. Loop the thread up and through the second bead in colour A to make the top of one wing. Repeat on the left side to make the top of the second wing.

  6. 6

    Thread another bead in colour A onto the right side and thread the left side through, then repeat for the last colour A bead to finish the body of the butterfly.

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    Take the strand that is on the left side and thread it up through the third colour A bead. Thread three colour B beads onto it and thread it back through the last colour A bead to make the final part of the rightwing. Repeat with the other side to finish the wings.

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    For a dragonfly, fold the thread in half and attach it as you did for a butterfly. The steps are the same except that after you have threaded the second colour A bead with both strands of thread you will add six colour B beads to each side and loop up and back through colour A bead number 2 in order to make the wings. Add the final two colour A beads.

  9. 9

    To finish both the butterfly and the dragonfly, loop both threads through the final colour A bead one more time then tie tightly at the bottom, cutting off any ends.

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