By General Craft Contributor Michelle
Beat the boredom with this fun project that’s part S.T.E.M. learning, and part craft!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Morse Code Alphabet PDF
- Perler Beads 1000 pc. Multi Mix
- Multicraft Bead Pony 9mm x 6mm Barrel Metallic Gold
- Darice Pony Beads 6 x 9 mm 1000 pc. Opaque Colors
- Darice Cord Nylon Bright Mix 100 yd
- Toner Bead ‘N Stretch Cord 1.2 mm x 30 ft.
- Darice Hemp Cord
- Darice Bamboo Cord
To begin, choose a word that you want to spell. Then, on a scrap of paper, write your word in Morse Code using the provided alphabet PDF.
Cut a length of your cord, and tie a perler bead to the end, if desired, to make it so your beads don’t slide off of the end while you’re stringing them.
Begin stringing your beads. Use big pony beads for the dots, and a perler bead for each dash. I suggest using a black perler bead between each of your “letters” that you string, to make each individual “letter” of your word stand out.
My son wrote the word “cat,” and as you can see, chose not to add spacer beads between each letter–it’s harder to tell where one letter stops, and the next one begins.
Another way to create your code is to choose the same color bead for each of the dots, and each of the dashes, so you make a less busy pattern.
You can see that by using this method, and by using the same color of spacer beads between each letter, you create a legible pattern in your beading.
Try beading your name, a child’s or pet’s name, a place, or just a favorite word.
Tie the ends of your cord together to make a bracelet, or a necklace.