Beginner Beaded Boxes: 3 Projects to get you started
I get a lot of people asking me how to make beaded boxes. It’s almost as if they think there is a ‘special’ technique that you need to learn. Well, I’m happy to say that beaded boxes are just projects made with existing beading techniques that you probably already know. So, if you want to learn how to make them, you just need to grab a pattern. And I can help with that. I’ve carefully selected three beginner beaded boxes that you can try right now.
How to make beaded boxes
So, before I get on to those patterns, let’s just recap on what I said about the techniques. You can make beaded boxes using Peyote stitch or Cubic Right Angle Weave.
The beginner beaded boxes I want to show you all use Peyote stitch. Now, Peyote stitch has a lot of different variations. Some are flat, some are dimensional, some let you create shapes. So, you’re simply going to use a combination of these variations to make a box.
That’s great news as it probably means you already have all the technical skills you need. So, let’s just check…
Which techniques do you need to know?
Here is a list of the Peyote variations that you would need in order to make a basic beaded box:
- Circular peyote
- Tubular peyote
- Increasing and decreasing within a row
- Stitch in the ditch
- Zipping up
That’s it! Just five basic Peyote variations will get you to a complete beaded box. Now, of course, you can get more complex than that with more advanced boxes. But even they are just adding different variations. So, there’s really nothing you can’t handle right now!
If you are a beginner and you’ve never done Peyote, or if you’re not sure about any single one of those variations, I can help you learn for free. So, simply follow this link and use the blogs to learn whichever variation(s) you don’t yet know. It really couldn’t be easier!
3 Beginner Beaded Boxes to try now
Right, now I’ve got you set up with the skills, the best way to make your first beaded box is just to grab a pattern and follow the instructions. All they’re doing is telling you how to combine those techniques that you already know (or you’re now starting to learn).
If you are still starting to learn, then you can learn the techniques from the pattern. If you get stuck, just supplement that with the free blogs I linked to above.
The three patterns I’m about to share will give you the chance to try three different shapes. You don’t have to do them in order. So, choose whichever appeals to you and give it a try. Do bear in mind that each shape is slightly different. So, if you’re struggling with one, you might find another shape easier.
Triangle Beaded Box Pattern
This is a lovely beginner level pattern because the colouring actually helps you understand the basic box structure. So, in the parts where you are shaping the box, you have colours to guide you and help you see how the structure works.
You can make this in any colour combination you want. So, you can find the pattern here>>
Hexagon shaped beaded box
The hexagon is another very basic beaded box shape. So, this Easter Bonnet pattern is a good one to try as a beginner. The style is basic and you have some colour combinations that will help you. Then, the floral decoration just uses a basic flat Peyote technique, so there’s nothing too tricky in any of that! You can find the pattern here>>
Square shaped beaded box
Now, the square is the last of the basic shapes. Although you might also see boxes made with rectangles, they use the same shaping structure as a square. So, if you’ve mastered this one, you’re fine to try any four-sided shape.
This parcel beaded box also has colouring options that will help you understand the box structure. The trickiest part of this project is the bow on top. But that is an optional addition at the end. So, if you just want to learn how to make simple beaded boxes, you can leave out the bow, or add an alternative decoration of your choice. Here is the link to the parcel beaded box pattern>>
How do I know what are beginner beaded boxes?
If you’re not keen on any of these patterns, maybe you’ve seen another beaded box pattern. But you’re wondering whether it’s suitable for beginners.
Well, here are the things you should look for:
- Is it a basic shape (eg triangle, square, hexagon, pentagon, rectangle)?
- Does it have lots of complicated decoration?
If you answered ‘yes’ to the first question and ‘no’ to the second question, then it should be suitable for a beginner to try. (Note, by beginner, I mean a novice in making beaded boxes, not necessarily a complete beginner to beading…although there’s no reason why you can’t learn to bead by making boxes!)
Over to you…
So, there you go! If you’re one of those people who keeps saying to yourself, ‘I’d love to make a beaded box, but I don’t know how to’, this is your answer.
Start by making sure you have some knowledge of each of the Peyote variations I listed above. Then just grab yourself one of these beginner beaded boxes and get started.
The skills that you learn from these projects will enable you to move on to the more complicated boxes.
Just remember, anything you’ve never done before looks like it will be difficult. But that’s only because you don’t know how to do it. When someone explains it to you (as in these patterns), you often find it’s a lot easier than you imagined. So, go on…be brave…try your first beaded box now!