Whale Bead Pet

Weave cords around plastic beads in a specific pattern to create a whale design!

Materials

Instructions

Step 1. Gather your supplies.


Step 2.

Cut pink Braiding Cord to 6o inches in length. Stiffen both ends by rolling it between your finger with a dab of craft glue. Allow glue to dry. This will help when threading the beads.


Step 3.

Create a lark knot on the key ring. To learn how to create a lark knot, click here.


Step 4.

Start by threading (1) small pearl bead onto both strings, push up to the keyring.


Step 5.

Thread (1) large pearl bead onto both strings, push up to make tight, as shown.


Step 6.

To create Row 1 of the Whale’s body, thread (3) blue beads onto the left hand string.


Step 7.

Take your right hand string and lace back through the beads from the other end.


Step 8.

Pull cords tight to form this row of your Whale Bead Pet.


Step 9.

To create Row 2, thread (5) blue beads onto the left hand string. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create Row 2.


Step 10.

To create Row 3, thread (7) blue beads onto the left hand string. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create Row 3.


Step 11.

To create Row 4, thread the following through the left hand string: (4) blue, (1) black,  (1) blue, (1) black, and (1) blue. The black beads shown here are the Whale’s eyes.  Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create Row 4.


Step 12.

To create Row 5, thread the following through the left hand string: (5) blue, and (4) pink beads. The black beads shown here are the Whale’s mouth.  Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create Row 5.


Step 13.

To create the top of the tail, Thread (2) blue beads onto the left hand string.


Step 14.

Take the end of the same left hand string and thread it back through the first blue bead.


Step 15.

To create Row 6, thread (11) blue beads onto the left hand string. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create Row 6.


Step 16.

Repeat steps 13-14 to create the bottom of the tail.


Step 17.

To create Row 7, thread (11) blue beads onto the left hand string. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create Row 7.


Step 18.

To secure your key chain, tie a tight double knot at the end of each cord, making sure the knots are snug against the beads. Trim excess thread with scissors.