The large, evenly-shaped size of pony beads makes them ideal for little fingers. The traditional pony bead was a barrel-shaped plastic bead, but modern pony beads are also available in different shapes such as hearts or even animal shapes and may be either opaque or transparent. They're also available in a range of finishes, including metallic, glitter and pearl.
Bookmarks are quick and simple craft projects for last-minute gifts or stocking fillers, or for kids to make for themselves. Cut a foot length of ribbon and tie a knot in one end. Thread pony beads onto the ribbon. Four or five beads are enough, although you can use as many as you prefer. Tie a knot in the other end of the ribbon to prevent the beads sliding off.
Make ornaments for the Christmas tree by twisting sparkly pipe cleaners together and threading them with pony beads. For a star ornament, cut two pipe cleaners in half and twist the two pieces together in the middle to form a cross. Twist the remaining two lengths around the middle of the cross to make an eight-pointed star. Push pony beads onto each spoke of the star and bend the ends of the spokes to prevent the pony beads falling off. Other shapes, such as circles, triangles or diamonds, are also effective.
Necklaces and bracelets are simple to make with pony beads. Choose Christmas colours to make seasonal jewellery and mix with silver bells for festive cheer. To make a bracelet, thread strong elastic through pony beads, alternating the colours, and add bells at intervals along the length. Knot the two elastic ends together when the bracelet is long fit around the wrist. Use ribbon or other strong cord to make a matching necklace, and use a bell as a pendant.
Make a personalised key-chain out of a plain keyring and a few pony beads and elastic. Thread two equal lengths of elastic through the keyring. Thread all four lengths through a pony bead. Thread pony beads onto each separate length and secure with a knot tied on the last bead. Different-coloured beads on each strand are effective, or create matching stripes of colours on each strand.
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