Branching Out with Beads Giveaway

Branching out with Beads Giveaway

This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to our winner, Sundari!

Beads are not only wonderful for jewelry designs, but they can be used to spice up craft projects, too! An art quilt can shine with beaded accents, bookmarks become personal with dangling charms and beautiful buttons can be used in a multitude of projects. Add flatbacks to picture frames, decorate everyday objects with cabochons or use crystal yarn in fiber arts. It’s time to use beads in unexpected ways with our Branching out with Beads Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive buttons, seed beads, adhesive, flatbacks and more to make your craft projects shine even brighter. Leave a comment below sharing a new way to use beads in craft ideas. This can be an idea you’ve had or something you’ve actually done in your own craft projects. Feel free to also share pictures of your ideas in action on Facebook! Only one entry per person, please.

This contest runs from Thursday, March 21, 2013 to Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. Please see our official contest rules for more details.

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    • Lauri Leach
    • March 21, 2013
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    I used beads when making my daughter’s wedding invitations. They were beautiful!

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    I incorporate both beads and buttons to form ornaments and pins. I will post a couple of photos on Facebook.

    • Jill Pyeatt
    • March 21, 2013
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    I’ve enjoyed making some plugs for cell phones, including one for my son using UCLA’s colors (his school).

    • Cheryl Hall
    • March 21, 2013
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    I like to put beads in a really pretty jar or bowl & just display them, I enjoy just looking at them !

    • Ronda Hendel
    • March 21, 2013
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    I’ve made sets of beaded wine charms for gifts, and I’ve also made beaded stemmed wine glasses.

    • Christine
    • March 21, 2013
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    I love my beaded crosses as wall decorations and smaller ones on my bedpost.

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    For years I have used beads in many projects, like to decorate magnetic foam frames, embellishing pins and bookmarks for childrens crafts. I not only volunteered in schools teaching craft projects uing beads, but utilized them at home. I even added beads to curtains, table runners, picture frames, pillows, mirrors, lamp shades, and even part of the paint on the walls. I even used nautical rope as a chair rail and glued nautical beads on that as well. I am just a confirmed beadaholic and nothing is safe from my beads.

    • Kathi
    • March 21, 2013
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    I loke to use beads and charms for dangly decorations,. I will post a picture on FACEBOOK.

    • Khadijah
    • March 21, 2013
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    I’ve made a coaster and small knickknacks.. Also I like using beads to embroider clothes and to make fringe for clothes..

    • Susan M
    • March 21, 2013
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    Using mostly lampwork beads I have made zipper pulls, cell phone charms and Christmas decorations all for the local SPCA to sell at their fund raiser

    • Mir
    • March 21, 2013
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    Thinking about making a backsplash for inside a hutch that is covered in a bead mosaic.

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    I just use beads for jewelry making, but would love to add some bling to a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes.

    • Angela Ciofolo
    • March 21, 2013
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    Would like to bling out some plain t shirts

    • domestic diva
    • March 21, 2013
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    Probably not new, but I used them to decorate spice jars (using glue).

    • Laura
    • March 21, 2013
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    I’ve made cell phone charms and Christmas ornaments. I am planning on taking up cross-stitch again and adding seed beads give the pieces a neat dimension.

    • Pam
    • March 21, 2013
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    What an awesome assortment! Thanks for the giveaway. Lately I’ve been making charms to tie to the handles of coiled fabric baskets that I make, and I have also been stringing beads for hanging crystal suncatchers.

    • Tania
    • March 21, 2013
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    I make napkin rings, they look great with beads

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    I use beads in some of my Kumihimo necklace and bracelet designs.

    • Sundari
    • March 21, 2013
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    Apart from using beads for jewellry,i make beaded curtains,keychains,fringe for fabric curtain,crochet…This is the link to the bead curtain i created,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8-qVMjxCzk

    • Hannah
    • March 22, 2013
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    I just ordered your Rose and Light Rose Swarovski crystals to decorate a phone case – I’ve always wanted a ‘rhinestone-crazy-sparkly’ phone case that I saw in Japan, but they usually cost around $80-$100! With your amazing wholesale prices that are available to the public, this is possible! I plan on doing a mixed media with some added cabochons (maybe cakes, a miniature animal, some pretty bows, or all of the above) on a clear case.

    This is a sample idea: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lo1fjxfU251qdt8lgo1_500.jpg

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    I love to make charms and ends for bookmarks and bookthongs with beads. I also use beads for keychains. I’m starting a new venture by making beaded garden stakes and sparklers!

    • Jill Pierce
    • March 22, 2013
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    My husband has made several beautiful tables using various tile and copper inlaid designs. Now he’s promised me a new kitchen table, and I want inlaid beads! I’m still in the design phase – could end up being anything from lots of fun, bold color to something peaceful with lovely earthy stones, but there will be beads. Lots of them!

    • christine mcd
    • March 22, 2013
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    Headbands and mixed media art are my favorite ways to use beads, besides making jewelry!

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    I’ve decided to go beyond the jewelry I make for sale to Miniature Fairy Villages for my Flower Garden., Fairies, their clothing, hair ornaments, some of their little fairy houses, fairy doors and a few treasures scattered under Toad stools and places I’ve yet to imagins as I build my fairy village (prototype) soon to be my new line of items for sale…..I hope!!

    • Suz B
    • March 22, 2013
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    My idea would be to take Branching out with Beads to a whole different level! How about sharing some very simple beaded items to the senior citizens assisted living facilities. Im a semi-retired home health nurse and you should see those ladies eyes light up when someone gives them something pretty! Plus it would be a great way to advertise:)

    • beatriz
    • March 22, 2013
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    i would love to use them when i make my daughter’s bows!

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    I know some people have already mentioned suncatchers, but I like to use beads for those too. I also like to see them in windchimes and just about any dangling organizers (like plant hangers or wine bottle hangers, etc.).

    • Candice Bradley
    • March 22, 2013
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    Probably no new ideas here, but I like to make beaded xmas ornaments & bookmarks, keychains
    crocheted bracelets & beads added to knit items.
    This summer I’m making beaded foot sandals.

    • Jeannie McCormick
    • March 22, 2013
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    I do everything with beads, jewelry, sewing, gluing etc. and would love to win some.

    • Kath Hofmann
    • March 23, 2013
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    I love making beaded kumihimo bracelets and necklaces and your TOHO 0/8 seed beads are perfect for this.

    • Linda Burch
    • March 23, 2013
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    I am a fiber artist ,quilter and beader. My beads appear on art quilts, wearable art, handbags, and jewelry

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    I love the bookmarks and everything at art beads!!

    • karen todd
    • March 24, 2013
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    truth of beads….is that they are great medicine! In a bad mood? for-gedda-bout-it….sickly? under the weather? start looking at beads- beaded sculptures-beaded art books and on and on- they can make all of that gloom just fade away- I Love Beads! appreciating the creativity of others and knowing just one small bead can start the spark within you—-

    • Mary Ann Batten
    • March 24, 2013
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    Add beads to an attache to jazz it up.

    • Lynn Powell
    • March 24, 2013
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    Perhaps some shoe clips.

    • Penny M
    • March 24, 2013
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    I use beads on my fiber art journals and art quilts. Also as sparkly charms for my car mirror to give a little color to my drive

    • Jennifer Reno
    • March 24, 2013
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    I have a friend who got a picture frame and covered it in polymer squares. I’d love to try to do something like that, but add some czech beads to it.

    • Janet
    • March 24, 2013
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    I like to add beads to my wind chimes for a little extra sparkle in the sunshine.

    • Alisa Vogt
    • March 24, 2013
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    I used seed beads to decorate personalized stockings for Christmas. I love using them in my embroidery work!

    • Donna Kutzer
    • March 24, 2013
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    I decorated the tie-backs of my bedroom curtains and my lampshades with beads for a little sparkle!

    • Anne Ryan
    • March 24, 2013
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    I use beads in my mosaic work. Anything that sparkles and shines is fair game and adds to the beauty of a mosaic piece.

    • Susie Hall
    • March 24, 2013
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    Besides making jewelry, I use buys to embroider and would like to try beading Christmas ornaments!

  9. I use peyote stitch to cover every day or common items to give as personalized gifts. Napkin ring holders, wine stem glasses, cell phone covers and rear view mirror bling! My favorite is the wine stem charms, I use colour so they also act as identifiers for those drinking from them. For my sister in law I did sets using 4 different background colours and a celtic knot in the center.

    • helen carillo
    • March 24, 2013
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    I se beads and findings when decorating purses I have made

    • Susan
    • March 24, 2013
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    I like to use them for bookmarks. And to decorate hats or scarfs for winter.

    • Cath
    • March 24, 2013
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    I love decorating silverware for all the holidays plus jewelry and scarfs

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    Beads on cards!

    • Priscilla C.
    • March 24, 2013
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    I’m a synesthete — each letter has its own color in my mind’s eye — so I’ve made people bracelets with their names spelled out in beads, according to the colors I see!

    • Deborah C
    • March 24, 2013
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    My daughter asked me to make her bouquet for her upcoming wedding. I always make jewelry for birthday gifts, etc. and made a wedding necklace for my sons wife, so I thought I could make a bouquet of beads! I used flower shaped beads, silk flowers, pearls, crystals, lace and all the stuff I had laying around in my stash. I made matching corsages for the bridesmaids, grooms mother, and a less ornate one for the groom.

    • Michael Creager
    • March 24, 2013
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    I use fishing plug swivels,beads and trot line cord to make key chains and jewelry.

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