How To Make Beaded People

How To Make Beaded People

There are so many uses for these cute little beaded people so have lots of fun making them! These are miniature figures that are made using only beads!

What you need

Assorted beads in 3 sizes
Elasticated thin thread
Craft glue
Safety pin
Pipe cleaners
Felt scraps


To make this project easier to follow we have provided you with diagrams below.

Step 1: Make a slip knot on a matchstick with your elasticated thread. Using your needle pick up bead 1 (head) 2 and 3 (body) 4,5,6 and 7 (leg) 8 (foot). Re-thread through beads 7.6.5.and 4. This makes one leg.

Step 2: Pick up beads 9,10,11,and 12 (second leg) and 13 (second foot) Re-threading through beads 12,11,10 and 9. Then re-thread through beads 3,2 and 1. Both threads should now emerge from the head.

Step 3: Pick up one small bead on one of the threads emerging from the head. Tie the 2 threads together and pick up 4 small beads on both threads and tie the ends to a safety pin.

Step 4:  To make the arms dip the end of a pipe cleaner into some craft glue and thread on a bead for the hand. Push on a bead of the same size and then a third bead the same size of the body. Push the pipe cleaner between the two threads just under the head Add 3 more beads in sequence for the other arm gluing the last bead as before. You can add an optional felt clothing such as a skirt wool hair and paint on some facial features.

You can Leave the safety pin attached and use this as a brooch or tie off the thread and attach it to your zipper pulls on your bag or other items. Add a length of ribbon and use them as a creative bookmark.

What you need

Beading thread
Size 11 seed beads in various colors
Beading needle


 These little patchwork squares made from your leftover seed beads can be woven together to make a wrist cuff or bookmark, connected to ear wire with a jump ring to make earrings, or hung from a necklace as a pendant. Experiment with different color combinations and patters; the possibilities are endless. 

Project time (per square): about 10 minutes
1. Cut a 20-inch length of beading thread and tie an overhand knot in the thread, leaving a 5- to 6-inch tail.
2. Thread the beading line through a flexible beading needle, and string four size 11 seed beads onto the thread.
3. Run the thread back up through the first two beads to form a small square. Pass the thread through all four beads again to tighten the square.
4. String three more beads onto the thread. Pass the needle back through the last bead in the inner square.
5. Pass the string through the next bead of the inner square, and repeat step 4.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining two beads in the inner square so each corner of the small square has three beads surrounding it. Pass the thread through the beads of the outer square to straighten and tighten it.
7. For a two-layer square, weave both ends back through several beads, tying knots as you go to secure the thread. Trim any remaining thread.
8. With the thread emerging from between the two center beads on one side of the square, string one bead and pass the thread back through the last bead in the second layer and the next bead in the second layer. Repeat once.
9. With the thread emerging from a corner bead in the second layer, add three beads. Pass the thread back through the corner bead and the next bead in the second layer.
10. Repeat steps 8 and 9, adding one bead for every middle bead in the second layer and three beads for every corner bead in the second layer. Pass the thread through all the beads on the third layer to tighten and straighten them.
11. Continue adding layers in this manner until your square reaches the desired size. For larger squares, you can use a 3mm cube-shaped bead in place of the four central beads.


  1. This sounds really great, I’m saving it for the next school holiday project with the grandchildren, they will love it. Good job.

  2. this is an awsome craft!!!

  3. this is an awesome craft!!!! great idea of putting them on earings!

  4. Excellentttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  5. I thought it was a cute idea. I would of scored it higher if it did not have the stuff in it that most people do not have like needles!!!

  6. you could also put then on earring just add a loop at the top. they look SUPER CUTE. 🙂

  7. very creative

  8. These little people are soooo adorable!!!

  9. Awsome!

  10. it was so beatiful but i think it is so difficultto do,

  11. It looks like fun!

  12. I used your design, but I turned mine into a teddy bear by adding two beads on the top. It looks so cute!

  13. orange julius says

    These are so cute! I’m going to make them as soon as I am done writing this thingy.

  14. These look like a really clever idea, a great way to use up any beads you have left over from other projects

  15. These are very cute!

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