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Butterfly Bead Pet


Create a fluttering butterfly bead pet to keep with you this spring. Simply thread and weave pony beads in a pattern which creates these beautiful insects! Use the beads from the Made by Me Bead Pets activity kit in order to complete, or create this design with your own collection of Pony Beads!

Materials


Instructions


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Bead Pet Pattern

Pony Bead Project

Step 2.

Cut Braiding Cord to 48 inches. 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.

Pony Bead Pattern

Step 3.

Create a lark knot on the key ring. To learn how to create a lark knot, click here. To create Row 1, thread (1) black Pony Bead onto the left hand string.

Kids Craft Pony Bead Pet

Step 4.

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

Pony Bead Design

Step 5.

Pull cords tight to form the first row of the Butterfly’s body.

Bead Pet Craft

Step 6.

To create Row 2, thread (2) black beads through the left hand string. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to complete the row.

Bead Instructions

Step 7.

To create one wing, thread (5) metallic blue beads through the left hand string.

Butterfly Bead Pet

Step 8.

Thread the end of this left hand string back through the second bead, from the left to the right as shown.

Making Bead Pets

Step 9.

Continue to create the wing by threading (4) metallic blue beads through the left hand string.

Beads and Crafts

Step 10.

Thread the end of the left hand thread through Row 2 of the body made of (2) black beads from left to right.

Kids Craft Bead Pet

Step 11.

Repeat Steps 7-10 with the right hand string, mirroring the steps that you just completed. You should now have (2) metallic blue butterfly wings.

Butterfly Bead Pet

Step 12.

Repeat Step 6 two times to create Rows 3 and 4 of the butterfly body.

How to make a Bead Pet

Step 13.

To create the bottom wing of the butterfly, thread (6) metallic purple beads through the left hand string.

Bead Pet Kit

Step 14.

Thread the end of the left hand string back through the second bead, from the left to the right, as shown.

Kids Craft Bead Pet

Step 15.

Add (3) metallic purple beads through the left hand string.

Bead Pet Instructions

Step 16.

Thread the end of this same left hand string through Row 4 of the body made of (2) black beads.


Step 17.

Repeat Steps 13-16 with the right hand string, making sure to thread back through the fifth metallic purple bead from right to left to create the mirrored effect. You should now have (2) metallic purple butterfly wings.


Step 18.

Thread (1) black bead through the left hand string and repeat  Steps 4 and 5 to complete the bottom row 5 of the butterfly.

Butterfly Bead Pet

Step 19.

Tie a double knot with the cords. Leave a small amount of space then thread (1) metallic blue and (1) metallic purple bead to the end of each cord. Tie a double knot to secure. This will create (2) dangling pieces at the end of your butterfly.Use scissors to trim excess cord. Congrats! You have now made a butterfly bead pet.



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