Learn how to make this easy bead project. Beaded coasters for the patio in a range of colors and patterns make a great gift.
This bead project is part of a summer blogger challenge. What can you make with a package of beads?
Bead Project - Bejewled Coasters
As you can see, I made beaded coasters.
Here is the product that Karen challenged us to use, to create something new. I have to admit I wasn't sure what to make at first. But then I was thinking about sitting outside on the porch, and the outdoors in general, and the idea to create a pretty coaster came to mind.
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First I separated all the different sized beads. I ended up using two packs of beads to make two coasters, and there were leftovers. You could make one with one pack, or use a different design to make use of more beads.
Coat the outside edge of the coaster with a thick layer of glue.
Start with some of the large beads on the outer rim.
Here's a handy tip: Use a large hat pin to string your beads. Then lay the tip of the pin on the coaster and slid them off, all in line. It's faster than trying to place each bead on the glue line with your fingers.
Continue placing your beads on the coaster, starting with a line of glue, followed by the beads.
I let the coaster set overnight and the next day it seemed pretty solid.
Just to be safe, I coated it with more glue, allowing the glue to sink into the nooks and crannies.
Here's the completed coaster.
There's plenty of room for a wine glass, and I even glued a few beads on the pin I was using, to make a little wine charm.