Recently, we posted a new Beaded Christmas Wreath to the web site. We prefer to purchase beads in bulk, either the same bead type and size in multiple colors or an overall mix of beads.
But, how do you organize and store them?
For an inexpensive and efficient solution, we like to use plastic zip top snack and sandwich bags. Yes, you can purchase those plastic bead organizers, but for ease of use and more compact storage, zip top bags work great. Plus, if you buy the store brand, those zip top bags are much cheaper. It’s also easy to store the individual bags in a gallon storage bag.
The clear bags make it easy to see the variety of beads, and if you press out the air before you seal the bags, the smallest amount of space will be used (…similar to those plastic closet storage bags you see advertised frequently).
Beads add embellishment to a variety of crafts. You can separate them by color, by color and type, or by color, type and size. Once separated, it’s easy to find that perfect embellishment you need for your current project.
Several family members will be receiving the Beaded Christmas Wreath as gifts this Christmas to add sparkle and shine to this and future Christmas celebrations. Each will receive a variety of the wreaths in their favorite colors from lime green to pink to purple to blue.
Having the beads organized – some by color and some by color and type, makes it easy to determine the alternatives for each wreath for each person.
Yes, it can be tedious to separate thousands of inexpensive beads, but the organization prevents the frustration of trying to figure out if you have enough of the right color and type of beads (for example, lime green – a difficult color) to make the project. Plus, if you’re making several (in this case, six for each person) ornaments, having the beads organized helps you determine the available options to make each ornament unique.
As you organize, several bowls or glasses make the initial separation easier. Once you have the beads separated, place them in the right size zip top container. When finished, the bowls and glasses go back to their regular purpose.
This organization technique helps with sequins and buttons too.