New Year's Resolution: Organize Your Beads with Beaded Labels!

comments (8) January 6th, 2015     

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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Make these pretty embellished bead-box labels in color-coordinated combinations for an instant organizing boost!
I arranged my blue beads and rhinestones across the paper label before I glued them down.
After I finished the pink beaded label, I used double-stick tape to join it to the front of the pink bead box.
Make these pretty embellished bead-box labels in color-coordinated combinations for an instant organizing boost!

Make these pretty embellished bead-box labels in color-coordinated combinations for an instant organizing boost!

Photo: Susan Beal

I organize my bead collection in a system of plastic compartment boxes-I found a couple dozen at the craft store and divided up my beads by color, along with separate boxes for metal charms, seed beads, and semiprecious pieces. For my New Year's resolution, I thought I'd reorganize my unruly craft room, starting with my jewelry-making supplies. Whipping up these labels, with beads, rhinestones, and charms hot-glued to neat strips of paper, was so easy...and now when I glance over to my bead shelf, it's a snap to find any color or type I want to work with!

You'll need:

  • Colored or plain cardstock
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Assorted beads, rhinestones, or other pieces to decorate with
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Double-stick tape
  • Marker (for labels you don't want to bead onto)

1. Measure or eye your bead box and cut a piece of cardstock that easily fits on the front side, without interfering with the lid snapping shut. I used color-coordinated paper, but you could also use plain white or a neutral color for each one.

2. Choose an assortment of beads, rhinestones, or other pieces to glue down to the paper. Be sure to choose inexpensive pieces you have duplicates of, or won't miss in your collection, and nothing too heavy, either. I like to use lightweight rhinestones, acrylic or Lucite beads, and flat pieces to decorate mine.

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Comments (8)

darrylchad writes: loved it :-)
Posted: 6:21 am on May 8th
genalorainne writes: You can even tar what kind of bead there's in the box by gluing one of that kind in the side, so it can be easily noticeable when on the shelf or wherever. Thank you!
Posted: 12:43 pm on March 29th
johnludvig writes: thank.. i have lots of beads mess.. this will help sort it out
Posted: 6:14 am on March 17th
mickyervine writes: superb stuff
Posted: 1:52 am on March 17th
alankarshilpa writes: This is the coolest idea I can ever think of. I'm going to add this in my article "Organize" that I've just posted recently in my web site http://www.Bead-z-mommys-business.com.
Please check back a few days later, Susan, I'll give you credit. Thank you again. All the best - Dita.
Posted: 10:13 pm on March 31st
susanstars writes: thank you both so much! I would love to see photos if you label your bead boxes too :)
Posted: 4:11 pm on January 7th
NIckiLee writes: Thank you! Thank you for such a terrific idea! I just love it! Just yesterday I was stacking my #31 box of beads thinking there had to be a better way of finding the bead I was looking for. I can't wait to pass your idea along to all my Crazy Quilt friends as we are constantly talking about finding easier ways to manage all our pretties. Which, by the way yours look gorgeous all groups together.
Posted: 6:29 pm on January 6th
GingerGurl writes: what a really great idea kudos!!!
Posted: 1:58 pm on January 6th
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