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How to Use Leftover Beads: 27 Super Stash Buster Beading Projects

By: Kelly Spence, Editor, AllFreeJewelryMaking
How to Use Leftover Beads 27 Super Stash Buster Beading Projects

If you've been beading for years, you know best that a jewelry designer's bead collection can quickly accumulate into a hoarder-style stash. On top of all the new beads you're always buying, you have bits and baubles leftover from that necklace project, odds and ends still sitting around from that bracelet you made, and enough seed beads to clog a Craft Vac. Though we all love buying beads, sometimes we need to work with what we have (in order to clear out our stash and make room for more new beads, of course!). That's why we pulled together this collection of stash buster beading projects!

How to Use Leftover Beads: 27 Super Stash Buster Beading Projects is a collection of jewelry crafts specifically designed for those unsavory bead leftovers, so you don't have to waste your random orphan beads left from projects of the past. It's not always easy trying to piece those mismatched bits and baubles together into something cohesive and harmonious, but these stash buster beading projects will teach you how to mix and match old DIY jewelry leftovers into delectable "bead soup" sensations! Plus, not only will you find ideas for how to use leftover beads, but you'll also discover jewelry projects for old, broken jewelry pieces and that ever-growing mountain of seed beads you've been meaning to tackle for an eternity. Clear out your collection and make room for new bead purchases with these stash busting beading projects!

Stash Buster Necklace Projects

Bright Beaded Color Block Necklace

It may seem like that random hodgepodge of leftover beads doesn't go together, but these necklace patterns will show you that there are many ways to work beads of varying colors, shapes, and sizes into one stunning new piece of jewelry. Find fabulous cluster necklaces, multistrand necklace patterns, eclectic necklace designs, and more among these stash buster beading projects.

Stash Buster Bracelet Projects

Bubble and Squeak Stashbuster Bracelet

If you don't have enough leftover beads to make a necklace, try one of these stash buster bracelet projects. These bracelets take even fewer amounts of each bead, so they're perfect if you have just a few of various bead types remaining. Learn how to use leftover beads to make charm bracelets, eclectic cuffs, coordinating bracelet stacks, and more with these tutorials.

Seed Bead Stash Busters

Seed Bead Jeweled Pendant

If there's one thing every jewelry maker has more than enough of, it's seed beads. No matter how many you use, they always seem to be multiplying! From multistrand necklaces in pleasing color palettes, to stackable seed bead bracelet sets, to simple resin pendants, these projects will give you a variety of ideas for how to use those leftover seed beads.

Upcycling Stash Buster Projects

Chunky Charm Necklace

It's time to breathe new life into those broken and forgotten old accessories collecting dust at the bottom of your jewelry box or bead storage bin! A broken or outdated piece of jewelry provides a golden opportunity to create something new from something you'll never wear. Don't let those perfectly fine old parts go to waste; try these upcycling jewelry projects and transform something "blah" into something brilliant!

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I like the assortment of ideas on this page. I know I have a wide variety of beads at home, so it's nice to get quite a few ideas of what to do with them.

This may well be the best ebook of my week. I make jewelry and sell it on line and I have thousands of left over seed beads and regular ones for that matter. This is going to help inspire me to use them up. I saw one idea I want to do just glancing at them. I love how I can download the book to my iPad and then keep the ones I want. No wasting paper printing.

You know these kind of pages have tooo much clicking to see things. Why not put little pictures of each project.

Thank you for taking the time to send us a thoughtful message. We always appreciate reader feedback. It helps us develop our site to our readers' needs. Thank you again for writing, Editors of AllFreeJewelryMaking

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