This patriotic bead project shows you how to make a beaded barrette for the 4th of July holiday.
What you need
Red, White, and blue pony beads
1 chenille stem (pipe cleaner)
An old barrette, or a new barrette clip
Hot glue gun, or needle and thread
Step 1: Thread enough pony beads onto a pipe cleaner (chenille stem) so that it will cover the surface of the barrette you will be attaching it to. (I used a dark pipe cleaner because it disappears, but for a bit of bling, you could use a silver or gold metallic one.) See photo 1.
Step 2: Photo 2 shows the correct amount of beads to cover the barrette.
Step 3: Twist the two ends of the chenille stem.
Step 4: Photo 4 shows the beads ready to attach to the barrette. You may either cut off the excess chenille stem or turn it under the beads.
Steps 5 and 6: Either hot glue the beads on the barrette, or sew on with a needle and thread. To sew on, wrap the thread all around the barrette, and through a space between the beads.
Be careful to open up the barrette first, so you don’t accidentally sew it closed!
VOILA! Celebrate the 4th of July, wearing your patriotic barrette!
By M.E. HARRINGTON