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  • Host a Bead & Bracelet Making Party

    Host a Bead & Bracelet Making Party

    Making beaded bracelets and necklaces is a great activity to share with friends and family and having a DIY jewelry table at your next party and event can be a way for guests to be creative plus, a cute beading table will also add an adorable decor element to your event.

    Beading is a really fun and creative party activity for guests of all ages. Even if the group doesn’t seem like they might be into beads, you'll see that everyone will have fun laughing and creating their own unique trinkets that they can keep for themselves or give to a friend. It's also sweet for guests to make and trade handmade beaded bracelets and jewelry with eachother. 

    Jewelry making activity is perfect for different types of parties, from children’s birthday parties to bridal & baby showers. Add little bit of healthy competition by having a jewelry-making contest to spark up the entire event. And the best part? Your guests can take their DIY jewelry home as prizes!

    Since beads come in a variety of colors and shapes, you can decorate your bead station with any color combination to fit your party theme. Charms and colorful elastic can also be used to enhance the event and guests will be excited to see a colorful spread of beads for making their own bracelets and necklaces. 

    A simple supply list is provided below so you can create a gorgeous beading table for your guests using pony beads, craft beads, charms and other pretty jewelry making accessories. Alphabet beads and colored jewelry beads can be used to make name bracelets and spell inspirational words and phrases.

    Instructions for creating simple DIY bracelets and necklaces are below. You can also make key chains or lanyards to add to zippers and decorate backpacks. Here are a few things that can be made from beads and string:

    • friendship bracelets that guests can gift and trade
    • name bracelets using alphabet beads
    • charm bracelets
    • book marks using beads and ribbon
    • necklaces
    • lanyards
    • zipper pulls

    Below are additional tips & supplies for setting up a bead party or activity at your next event. You can choose beads in a specific color scheme to fit your event - for example, different shades of blues and white can be fun as a gender reveal element. Or, for an autumn festival, beads in earth tone shades can be used.

    You can also simply provide a rainbow of colors and a large variety of beads, string and cord for your guests so they have the freedom to be creative and make unique items. To make it easy for you, we offer convenient bead packs in mixed colors and you can choose from rainbow mixes and specific color schemes.

    Here are tips for supplies and how to set and organize a bead table for the activity.

    Beads - including pony beads, alphabet beads, bead shapes, etc.
    Elastic Cord
    Small Binder Clips
    Bowls for beads
    Bead Boards or fabric place mats
    Table Cloth 

    1) Using a table cloth and fabric placemats helps to prevent beads from rolling around and falling off or bouncing off the table

    2) Divide beads into bowls, one for each guest. You can also put additional bowls filled with beads in the middle of the table for guests to pick from. Bead can be organized in different bowls by color and shape.

    3) For making bracelets, pre-cut elastic cord into 12" pieces and put a small binder clip on the end of each one. You can also make necklaces with elastic that slip on over the head, for necklaces, cut elastic at 24-30" long.

    4) Have fun creating with friends and family! To make stretch bracelets, simply thread beads on to elastic, have a friend tie the bracelet around your wrist, double knot and trim the excess elastic.

    TIP: To figure out how many beads you need, keep in mind that it takes about 30-35 pony beads to make one bracelet, so one package of 500 beads will make about 14 bracelets. In addition to pony beads, add alphabet beads and different bead shapes to your selection so your guests can be creative and customize their jewelry.

    keychains are also an easy and fun party activity just use vertical hole alphabet beads and pony beads. Click here for key chain instructions & supplies.

    Add a personal touch to your party by making custom beaded party favors. Check out our ideas for DIY Party Favors so you can make bead kit party favors or make bracelets and key chains as party gifts. 

    We'd love to see what you made - please share your pics or share on social media at Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest

    Tag us @ponybeadstore #madewithponybeads #ponybeadstore 

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