This blog shares alphabet bead craft ideas and product information to help you choose the right supplies for any craft activity. We have the largest selection of alphabet beads and number beads available online at www.MyAlphabetBeads.com.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Garlands Featuring Alphabet Beads

Kids love stringing these beaded garlands for the Christmas tree or mantel.

Fun plastic beads like sparkly acrylic faceted beads, star beads, pony beads, Christmas tree beads, Angel beads and santa beads are festive choices for your holiday garland. You can chose bead colors that match your holiday decor or religious themes.

This is a fun holiday activity that children can do with visiting guests and create holiday necklaces and bracelets. It's a the perfect bonding activity or ice breaker for siblings, cousins, and other visitors.

Use alphabet beads to add personalized messages to holiday garlands and jewelry. Spell whatever you like and spread holiday cheer with adorable beads.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Share a Special Message with Alphabet Beads

Rhodium plated pewter alphabet beads are a gorgeous alternative to sterling silver alphabet beads. You will find these beads to be budget friendly without having to sacrifice quality.

Made in the USA, these beads are available in both rhodium (silver color) plated and gold plated finishes and are the perfect combination with 4mm Czech glass fire polished beads which come in a large variety of colors. Our example show bracelets strung on gossamer stretch cord.

I chose to spell "PEACE, LOVE, HOPE" but you can spell anything you like, matching pewter number beads are available as well.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Alphabet Beads on Friendship Bands

Here is a new twist on friendship bracelets. Not only can you spell out any special message using alphabet beads, you can also use fabric with fun patterns to add personality and create these friendship "bands".

You just need some fabric strips cut to size - about 12" x 3/4" and large hole beads. Slide on the beads and tie the bands around your wrist or ankles.



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Alphabet Beads on Mosaic Tile Magnets

Create these adorable mosaic tile magnets from old dishes and alphabet beads. They are perfect for hanging your children's artwork on the fridge. (Thanks to Becky from Wisconsin for the great idea and photo)

These are beautiful and impressive but simple to make - a perfect little thank you gift for those that do a lot - parents, teachers, coaches, etc.

Materials: old dishes (thinner ones are easier to cut with tile nippers), tile nippers, glue, grout, alphabet beads, magnets, small mirrors or wood pieces to serve as a base.

Directions
Arrange pieces of cut tile and beads onto the base piece, glue the pieces down, allow to dry and the grout (follow the directions on the grout packaging for applying and cleaning grout), attach magnet to the back.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Using Alphabet Beads to Personalize Christmas Ornaments


You can personalize your favorite ornaments using white round alphabet beads. This particular style works well because the beads are flat and can be glued onto any surface with the right adhesive.

Spell out names, dates, or special messages like "PEACE" OR "NOEL".

This is a great way to personalized store bought ornaments for all of your family and friends.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Personalizing for Unique Names


I often see cute key chains and mugs and such personalized with first names, but not every name is available, especially if your name is unique or spelled differently. Some names are common, but are spelled in several different ways, such as Sean - Shawn - Shaun. Alphabet beads are the perfect solution! You can create your own personalized items for any name. Fun suggestions for personalized bead projects include name bracelets, key chains, necklaces & book marks.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Key Chains that Say it Loud with Alphabet Beads

12mm alphabet bead keychains are the perfect way to show off your personality. Spell out your name, your favorite team, or celebrity!

I created this key chain for my neice, who is a pretty little ballerina. She keeps it hooked on her back pack for all to see.

The keychains are simple to make - see alphabet bead key chain instructions

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Beaded Friendship Bracelets

Boost your creativity by adding beads to your friendship bracelets. A fun was is to add white cube alphabet beads to create fun name bracelets or spell special messages like "LOVE", "PEACE" or "HOPE".

Have fun with different colors of floss and string on alphabet beads, heart beads, star beads or other large hole beads that will fit through woven friendship bracelets.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Perfect Personalized Bookmark


These non slip bookmarks are practical and adorable. The elastic band can be adjusted to fit different size books and fits snug around the book so it won't accidentally slip out.

Alphabet beads identify the book's owner and decorative plastic beads express personality.

This example features 10mm plastic alphabet beads and plastic pony beads & flower beads.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Baby Shower Favors

These candy filled baby bottles were a big hit! I recently made them for my friend's baby shower and everyone loved the fact that their names were spelled out in alphabet beads.

To personalize each bottle, I strung each guest's name with alphabet beads onto designer ribbon with matching pony beads and tied it onto each bottle.

I have also done this for a bridal shower favor, spelling the names of the bride and groom and tying them onto champagne bottles. It's so much fun to see cute bead projects come together!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wear Your Success


A team achievement is something great to celebrate. Proudly wear team colors or school colors created with plastic pony beads and use alphabet beads to add a special saying .

Add sports ball beads for more personalization. We have plastic sports ball beads for basketball, football, volleyball, soccer, baseball, tennis and eight balls.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Celebrate Heroes with Alphabet Beads

Many of us have loved ones in the military, and we can't do enough to show our appreciation. A troop of Girl Scouts created 100 "HERO" key chains to give out in their community as a service project.

The key chains were created with red and blue pony beads and 12mm alphabet cube beads. They are simple to make using key rings and cord - just slide on the beads and tie a knot.

What message would you like to share with alphabet beads?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Alphabet Beads that Inspire (Part 2)

White alphabet beads, when combined with colored plastic faceted beads can be creatively designed into fashionable and inspirational bracelets. Take your creativity even further by adding specially selected charms.

These alphabet bead bracelets are especially appreciated when created in sets.

Materials: white round alphabet beads, gossamer stretch jewelry cord, faceted plastic beads.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Show Team Spirit with Alphabet Beads

One of the most popular projects that involve alphabet beads are sports team jewelry. Parents love to create these necklaces to support their team or for fundraisers. This example features large 12mm alphabet beads, available in mixed letters, or by the letter. 10mm faceted plastic beads are used to represent the team colors.

Your can create matching bracelets and key chains too. Please call us at 407. 895. 0062 and we will be happy to help with your ideas.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Message Pins with Alphabet Beads


Share a special message with these simple message pins. With just a few materials, you can create great tokens of expressions to celebrate a special occasion, spread awareness for a special cause, or as a fun craft activity. 

Materials: plastic lacing, alphabet beads, coilless safety pins, and decorative beads. Note that any beads that you use must have holes that are large enough to thread on to the lacing.

Simply knot the lacing onto a safety pin, string on beads, and knot at the end to secure the beads.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pewter Alphabet Beads Pebbles

Have you seen these cute little things? They are the perfect choice of alphabet beads when creating fashionable jewelry. These beads are made in the US so the quality is exceptional. The rhodium plated pewter is durable and elegant.

In addition, this style of pewter alphabet beads are available in 22k gold plate on pewter.

The holes in these beads are about 1mm so flexible beading wire like Flex Rite or Soft Flex are perfect. Stretch cord (0.5mm) works well too.

If you want to incorporate ribbon, leather or suede, which would be too thick to fit through the holes, we have a great beading tip - click here.

Our "DREAM" bracelets are a triple set featuring Toho Japanese glass seed beads, Czech glass beads, and pewter alphabet beads, all strung on stretch jewelry cord.



Thursday, October 29, 2009

Spread Holiday Cheer with Alphabet Beads

White round alphabet beads are perfect for scrapbooking projects and card making. These beads are flat on two sides so you can glue them to paper, or string them on thread or wire. They are available in mixed letters or numbers, or you can choose just the letters and numbers that you need.

Add these adorable alphabet beads to your holiday projects along with other colored beads or charms and they will surely bring a smile to everyone's face.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Alphabet Beads that Make a Fashion Statement



You may remember stringing up plastic or wooden alphabet beads as a child. Now that we are all grown up, alphabet beads can make a fashion statement - literally!

This ribbon bracelet and necklace design is simple and chic. More adult versions of alphabet beads include pewter alphabet beads, gold plated alphabet beads and sterling silver alphabet beads which are classy and modern. You will be able to create stylish and personalized pieces that will fit right into your jewelry collection.

In addition, these ribbon accessories are the perfect gift - ribbons can be tied at any length, making these pieces one size fits all.

Materials: metal alphabet beads, colored accent beads such as Czech glass beads, Swarovski crystal beads, metal beads, metal charms with large jump rings, flexible beading wire, crimp beads, crimp tool and ribbon.
1)       Cut two pieces of satin ribbon. For bracelets, cut two pieces at 20 inches each, fold in half. For necklaces cut 30” each and cut in half. (Feel free to customize the length to your own personal needs.)

2)      Layout beads in desired order, measure the length and add 4 inches. This will be the length at which to cut the flexible beading wire

3)      Attach a bead stopper to one end of the flexible beading wire. String beads. Add crimp bead to each end.

4)      Loop one end of flexible beading wire around the folded end of one piece of satin ribbon and crimp. Do not crimp too tight, create a “loop” with the flexible beading wire where it is attached to the ribbon. This allows for flexibility and movement. Repeat with on the second side.

5)      Attach charms on the ribbon. We used 8mm jump rings. This prevents from crinkling the ribbon.

We opted to string our beads on flexible beading wire to allow for a wider selection of beads that can fit on the wire. Of course beads can be strung directly onto the ribbon, however, you will be limited to beads with larger holes. The use of a needle can aid in stringing ribbon through beads with smaller holes.

No clasp is required- just tie the ribbon in a bow around your neck or wrist. If you prefer to add a clasp, you can use ribbon cord ends to attach your clasp of choice.

Sunday School Alphabet Beads

Churches love to use alphabet beads for Sunday School and VBS projects. Kids will have fun creating their own bracelet, key chain or necklace and will also have something to remind them of what they have learned in class. They will also have something to share with their friends and loved ones.

Bead craft activities are very helpful when integrated with educational or instruction programs. They can interest and help keep children focused and on task and avoid boredom.

Our examples spells the word "PRAY"  a simple, but important phrase. With alphabet beads, you can spell whatever you like. We also have several bead kits available for popular words & phrases.

Over 30 types of alphabet beads are available at Bead Bee.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

15% Off Alphabet Beads

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We have both  alphabet and number beads you can choose just the letters and numbers you need or purchase bags of mixed letters or numbers. These are great for creating name bracelets, key chains and other great activities.

If you need help planning an activitity or with selecting the right materials, please give us a call, we would love to hear from you - 407. 895. 0062.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Alphabet Beads that Inspire (Part 1)


When using alphabet beads, the possibilities are endless but motivational saying are my favorite.

This ribbon tie necklace is created from sterling silver alphabet beads and Swarovski crystal beads strung on Flex Rite and crimped to the ribbon.

Adorable pewter charms were added for a finishing touch.

This necklaced is a great for many reasons, you don't need a clasp, but if you want to add one, simply use ribbon crimp ends. Plus, the ribbon ties are one size fits all.