Bead Craft Ideas – Animal Bead Buddies

Bead Buddy Ideas Featuring Two Adorable Animals

Animal Bead Buddy Ideas from Helen Woodward Animal Center

During this election season we can all agree to Vote For Animals! Vote For Animals is a Summer Critter Camp theme where campers learn each of our animal candidates’ strengths, how they help the environment or provide service to people in need. Campers will get HANDS-ON animal interactions, play games, sing songs, and create crafts. Register your little animal-lover today.

Make a Bead Buddy

Some of our favorite crafts to make during camp are animal-shaped bead buddies. This blog features a patriotic ladybug and dog but there are tons of other patterns available online. When you finish making these cute critters, you can put them on your backpack or lunch box to show that you love and support animals!

Red-White-And-Blue Ladybug Bead Buddy (simple)

Ladybug Bead Buddy Materials

You will need: one yard of cord, one split ring or lanyard hook, six white beads, 14 blue beads, and 38 red beads.

Bead Buddy Materials for Ladybug

This is a simple and fun craft that is great for all ages! Start by cutting a yard of cord, fold the cord in half, and attach it to the split ring.

Bead Buddy Ladybug Template

From MakingFriends.com

Begin with the head of the ladybug and follow the template all the way down to the bottom where you can finish by tying off with a double knot.

Finished Ladybug Bead Buddy

Patriotic Pup Bead Buddy (advanced)

Dog Bead Buddy Materials

You will need: three yards of cord, one split ring or lanyard hook, 71 white beads, 10 blue beads, and 31 red beads.

Bead Buddy Materials for Dog

This craft is a bit more complicated because of the ears and legs and is great for older kids.

Bean Buddy Template - Dog

From MakingFriends.com

Begin with the nose and follow the template down to the fifth row where you will place the ears. Once you have completed the fourth row you can string eight beads through the right cord and pull the cord through all of the beads that make up the fourth row. Repeat those steps on the other side for the left ear.

Continue to follow the template down to the seventh row where you will place the top legs. Once you have completed the seventh row you can string seven beads through the right cord. Place these beads level with the seventh row and separate the two beads farthest from the body, take the end of the right cord and pull it through the two beads (only separate to put cord through, when pulling it, move the two beads close to the remaining four). Repeat this with the next two pairs of beads making sure to string the cord through the bead closest to the body in the pair of beads you are working on.

Repeat these steps on the other side for the left leg and bottom legs, which you can start on the tenth row. Finish by tying off with a double knot.

Finished Puppy Bead Buddy

Enjoy these bead buddy craft ideas and we hope to see you at Summer Critter Camp at Helen Woodward Animal Center!

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