Glass beads are a crafter’s dream; extremely versatile, beautiful, and affordable, they can be used in almost any crafting project. Though your mind might immediately go to beaded jewelry, there are many other options for working with glass beads. Looking to get inspired? Read on for some ideas to use up your loose Czech glass beads.
If you are looking for a project to make with Czech pressed glass beads, customizing clothes is a great choice! You can embroider any piece of fabric, whether it’s a shirt, jacket, or dress. Sewing with glass beads is a great way to embellish your wardrobe. Create appliques that are then attached to your clothing, or embroider the beads right onto the fabric! Seed beads are perfect for this project, but other glass beads can be used as well.
Every home could use a few more beads! A fun, vintage choice to decorate with beads is to create a beaded curtain! This is a great DIY project to use up loose glass beads. All you need is durable string, a hanging rod, and many beautiful beads! Just string them on, either with a pattern or randomly, attach to the rod and hang! Place in a doorway or over a window, an especially beautiful choice with transparent glass beads.
You can also create a custom beaded chandelier! Either drape a string of beads on an existing chandelier, or attach them to the top and sides for an artistic look! You can use any color bead, and consider painting the chandelier to match your bead color scheme.
Lamp shades are an unexpected place to add beads – a little beaded fringe will create a stunning rainbow of light. Either make many short strands of beads and attach them to the bottom of the shade, or create one long strand and drape it along the bottom. Both techniques create a beautiful and unique work of art!
Whether it’s a headband, purse, belt, or other accessory, a little bit of beads can go a long way. Attach beads to an existing headband or barrette for some added sparkle. You can even arrange the beads in a pattern of flowers, stars, or even someone’s name! The same can be done with a beaded purse. Embroider the beads right on to the bag for a unique fashion piece all your friends will want. Beads can truly be used on any accessory, including a belt, shoes, wallet, and more!
Go crazy with Czech glass beads and create something beautiful! Once you start working, you may surprise yourself by what you make.