How to make your own PLASTIC BAG BEADS – Step by step tutorial for beginners

Hi everyone! Today I’m gonna show you how you can easily make Boho beads similar to the ones I use to decorate my Junk Journals

But before starting, I’ve got to make a disclaimer! It’s gonna be a long post with some storytelling and credits. If you wanna jump straight to the tutorial, look for the stars *******

If you kept on reading, thank you! Hope you’ll enjoy 🙂

It’s been a while since I last posted and I have a strange feeling that all my blog posts and YouTube videos have the exact same lame intro, but I’ll tell you why it concerns me so much. It’s been a while since I last posted because, you know, in the creative environment we tend to get stuck and lose our inspiration, then we procrastinate, and feel bad about ourselves, then procrastinate again because we procrastinated the day before, then we procrastinate some more because we lost sight of our journey.

BUT NOW I’M BACK!

In my procrastination (wow, I use this word quite a lot for a newbie) I tried to make myself a favour and at least watch some useful videos as well, not only cat videos (but you gotta admit those are crazy addictive) so while getting myself distracted on purpose, at least I could do was learn some stuff or get inspired.

Now, I don’t know how normal people watch a video, but I like to use that time to create stuff that doesn’t require my full attention in the process… like Boho beads, for example. Like that time when I was watching Melissa’s live streams, got engaged in the conversation in the chat room and, long story short, I was requested to make a tutorial. So long, procrastination! I have to mention that Melissa was doing acrylic pouring in her live stream, so my beads were completely unrelated and out of context.

I did take the inspiration for the beads from somewhere, and here are my top favourites in no particular order (hope I’m not forgetting anyone):

  • PINK POODLE CRAFTS
  • SECRET SOTO AT CREATIVE BIRDIE
  • AMITY BLOOM (Bohemian Journals)
  • SHARE COLLINGS
  • RITA MARIE
  • ILENE MCINNES

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NOW LET’S GET TO WORK!

 

For the plastic bag beads, similar to this one you’ll need:

  1. WIRE (1,00 mm and 0.5 mm)
  2. PLASTIC BAGS
  3. BEAD CAPS
  4. MEDIUM BEADS
  5. SMALL BEADS
  6. NAIL POLISH

UTENSILS/ TOOLS

  1. PLIER
  2. CANDLE
  3. RECIPIENT W/ SPONGE AND WATER
  4. POLYESTER BOARD

*details like wire length, the number or the colours of the beads and any similar issues are customizable according to you

STEP 1

wrap the plastic bag around the 1,00 wire, placing it in the middle

STEP 2

Fix the plastic bag onto the wire using the plier and place it over the candle fire for a couple of seconds

STEP 3

Soak your fingers using the wet sponge recipient and shape the plastic bag

-by rolling it on the table

-by tapping it with your fingers (like a marshmallow)

-or both 😉

*repeat STEP 2&3 until shaped accordingly

STEP 4

Paint the plastic bag with nail polish and let it dry (stick it into the polyester board to avoid messing it up)

STEP 5

Add the small beads on the 0.5mm wire (close it on one end with a loop)

STEP 6

Bind the small beads wire with the plastic bag wire using a knot then wrap it around. Cut the excess.

STEP 7

Add bead caps and medium beads on both ends

STEP 8

Bend the plastic bag wire with the plier as demonstrated and wrap the excess around. Don’t forget to get creative with it

 

AND NOW YOU’RE DONE!

REMEMBER: Practice makes perfect. Flaws make it beautiful

 

Hope you guys enjoyed it and got some mad skills out of this tutorial. Don’t forget to check the How to make your own PLASTIC BAG BEADS video as well for more clarity and inspiration. Let me know how did it work for you. Which step was the most challenging? The wrapping or the playing with fire?

Until next time (hopefully soon), stay inspired!

Hugs

 

 

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