How to Make Glass Bead Coasters

Updated July 20, 2017

We've all seen those beautiful coasters in the stores, the ones with tight spirals of beads spinning toward the centre. But why buy them when you can make your own, tailored to your unique sense of aesthetics and colour? Beaded coasters are quite easy to make, requiring minimal time and effort, and the results are both practical and beautiful.

Thread your needle. Measure it against the rim of your cork coaster to determine the length of string you will need. Add on an extra inch, and cut the string.

Slide a bead down to the end of your string and tie a knot around it. Fill the string with beads and tie off the remaining end.

Squeeze a thin layer of glue around the rim of the cork coaster, spreading it with your fingers to create an even coat.

Wind the string of beads around the rim of the coaster and pin it in place. Crop the threads and tuck their ends into the glue.

Coat the top of the coaster with glue, spreading it around with your fingers.

Start a new strand of beads, this one much longer. Wind the strand around the coaster, making a tight spiral toward the middle. Make additional strands of beads as needed.

Allow your coaster to dry for a few hours.


Do not use super glue, as it can glue your fingers together.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • String
  • Seed beads
  • Cork coaster
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Pins
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Jennifer Meyer received her B.A. in anthropology, specializing in archeology, in 2004 from Beloit College. She then earned her master's degree in museum studies at Indiana University in 2007 after being awarded a university fellowship. She started writing in 2005, contributing podcast scripts, procedural guides and exhibit copy to museums in the Indianapolis metro area.