New Year's Resolution: Organize Your Beads with Beaded Labels!comments (4) January 4th, 2009
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!
- 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.
3. Arrange your beads and other pieces as you like on your label. Once you're happy with the arrangement, glue them down one by one using a hot-glue gun. I used glitter hot-glue sticks for this project for an extra-sparkly element.
4. Let the pieces set until cool, then apply double-stick tape to the back of your paper label. Press it right onto the front of the bead box.
5. Make as many labels as you like. For special collections like my semiprecious beads, which I didn't want to use up for labels (plus they're heavy and glassy, two things that make hot-gluing tougher), I just wrote the type of beads on the label and taped that down. I did the same with my seed beads—too messy to glue!
6. Now you can stack your bead boxes vertically on a shelf and instantly see which colors or styles are in which box—so you can spend your time crafting instead of endlessly searching for just the right bits and pieces.
Wishing you a happy and crafty 2009 with plenty of time to bead!
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