Beaded Star Tutorial

Beaded Star Tutorial

Using beads, create a star hanging for your Christmas tree in this easy tutorial.

What you need

4mm crystals, or other beads
Size 10/0 seed beads
Stopper bead, any color, will be removed later.
Fine fishing line, approximately 80cm
Beading needle, or other fine needle


1.    Thread the fishing line onto the needle.

2.    Tie on a stopper bead.  A stopper bead is a bead the same size or smaller than the smallest bead you are using.  String through it twice to hold it in place.

3.    Add 6 seed beads, 1 crystal and 1 seed bead.

4.    Go back through the crystal, and pull tight.

5.    String on another 6 seed beads, a crystal, and this time 4 seed beads.

6.    Go back through the first seed bead you strung on, through the same way you came from originally.  Then back through the crystal.

7.    Continue in this manner, adding 6 seed beads between each section, crystals next to each end, and ends alternating between a single seed bead, and a 4 seed bead circle.

8.    This should form a zigzag pattern with the 4 bead circles on one end, and the single beads on the other, as in the diagram.

9.    Stop when you have 6 of each types of ends. 12 points all together.

10. The thread should now be coming out of the crystal, in readiness for the 6 seed bead center.  Now instead of starting a new 6 bead section, just string back through the first section, all the way through the first 6 seed beads, the crystal, and the end seed bead.

11. You should now have a rough circle.  String through the next single seed bead, at the next point, then the next.  Continue through them all.  Then go through them all again.

12.    Tie off, and thread through a few beads.  Remove stopper bead, tie, and thread through a few beads.

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. it is super good … i liked it

  2. Tried it with a normal needle and it was soooooo frustrating! Just done it with a beading needle in less than 20 mins. Gonna make a batch as suncatchers!! Thanks xx

  3. Sandra Lemstra says

    I love it, great idea

  4. good

  5. Nice project and seems very easy! I’ll definitely make it for Xmas!

  6. I just made some and they’re awesome!:)So cute!

  7. What about the stopper beads?

  8. can you use elastic?

  9. Ooh, how cute and pretty! I’m gonna make me some for this Christmas…! 🙂 Tnx for sharing. 🙂

  10. this is super cute

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