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Bead Kit




Beads have captivated mankind ever since our primitive ancestors began fashioning eggshells into baubles. The allure of the bead lay in its ability to be combined, separated, and matched again with other beads to make beautiful jewelry.

You can make pretty decorations by gluing strung beads directly to blown eggshells.


  1. Step 1

    To blow out the egg, poke pinholes close together at the ends of the shell; gently break bits in between to make a larger hole. Stir the insides with a toothpick or long needle, then blow the insides into a bowl. Rinse and dry egg.

  2. Step 2

    Cut 8'' of 24-gauge wire, loop one end, and thread through holes in egg; make another loop so egg won't slide off. Use the wire as a working handle.

  3. Step 3

    Starting in the middle of the egg, liberally spread craft glue, using a paintbrush. Let glue set 2 to 3 minutes, or until tacky. Wrap a string of beads around equator of the egg, anchoring bare string at beginning and end of strand into glue.

  4. Step 4

    At the end of a strand, begin laying another; avoid gaps by lining up ends of string. Work toward one pole; try not to crush the shell.

  5. Step 5

    For striped eggs, alternate colors when laying new string. Begin and finish strings on back, aligning vertically. Repeat until covered.

  6. Step 6

    Cut excess beads from ends; leave enough bare string at end to anchor. Finish poles with larger beads threaded on wire passed through egg; make a new loop on end of each wire.

  7. Step 7

    Once glue has dried, attach a hook or ribbon.

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 55 December/January 1997/1998



Reviews (3)

  • Mrsfitz623 19 Mar, 2009

    i love this project! My Grandma introuced it to my cousins and me prbly 15yrs ago or more to keep us busy at her house during the Summer months. I hadn't revisited it until recently and notice its here on line..YAH for great ideas! I started making them again and I've been monogramming mine an making different patterns. Im shooting for 12 to make a basket to decorate my own home now..aww memories!! Wish me luck!!!

  • diefenbaker 1 Sep, 2008

    These are very pretty, if I wanted to save them from year to year or to give them as gifts, I would use high-quality stryofoam or plastic ones. As for putting a [filtered word] in the egg, this florist trick works very well. Light a small stubby candle [instead of discarding it], take a darning needle, heat the needle in the flame of the candle. This is great for most types of plastic. Remember, always use caution with candles and flames.

  • 984163 15 Apr, 2008

    I have used small plastic Easter eggs for this project. I dont know if you could put the wire through them or not. They are pretty in a basket. Susan