How to Make Bead Insects

By Elizabeth Moore ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Beading wire
  • Satin cord
  • Pony beads
  • Crystal beads

Bead insects are the type of bug you might actually like to see. Insect crafts are popular, especially with kids, and can be done with plain satin cord and beads; or for a more elegant creation, jewelry wire can be used. You can make almost any insect with a basic technique of shaping wire and adding beads.

Cut a piece of beading wire or satin cord for the frame of the insect. Fold the cord or wire in half loosely, making an open loop.

String six to eight beads on the wire or cord in one solid color or alternating colors. For a dragonfly or butterlfly, string one bead on the wire and slide it to the end of the loop; then string the remaining beads over both wires so a single row makes up the body. For a bumble bee, string alternating black and yellow beads on each side of the loop.

Twist the wire together at the top of the loop, or tie a knot if using cord. String beads for wings on each of the ends of the string or wire. For a dragonfly, use four beads, laying end to end. For a butterfly or dragonfly, stack three beads for a fatter shape. Bring the cord or wire back to the center and twist off to secure it.

Add two beads at the top for a head. Tie or twist off the wire or cord.

About the Author

Elizabeth Moore is a fiction author and nonfiction writer. Well versed in gardening, crafting, business and even construction, Moore has owned several businesses and worked in fields ranging from retail to real estate.