Hama bead weaving continued…

I finally got around to posting some more hama bead weaving images. I decided against baskets in the end and went for candle holders instead!

Hama bead weaving

I had intended to make a whole army of them but we’ve all has a dodgy stomach bug over the last few weeks so it put a bit of a dampner on my plans!

Hama bead weaving

The neon semi-transparent beads worked really well against the opaque white beads and the jars look really pretty with the light shining through them.

Hama bead weaving

I was going to write a proper how-to but there is a really fantastic bead weaving tutorial here which is better than anything I could put together.

Hama bead weaving

Hints and tips:

♥ You will need some shirring elastic, a darning needle and some hama/perler beads.
♥ I would say that hama bead weaving is too fiddly for little kids and best aimed at teenagers or grown ups!
♥ Threading the first few rows is pretty fiddly so don’t be put off by this. After that it’s a piece of cake.
♥ I have found it easier to sketch a design first, rather than trying to figure one out along the way. With this in mind I have put together a printable design sheet here!
♥ You don’t need fancy candles…just use an old glass jar and stick a tea-light inside.
♥ If you don’t fancy candle holders then you can make bracelets, baskets, plant pots and coasters using the same method. You can also use seed beads to create some stunning jewellery. Inspiration here!

Hama bead weaving

If you have any questions then leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Happy Monday all!



48 Comments Leave yours

  1. hmm need to get me some hamas :) love the colors :)

  2. I love the colour combination here – neon and white, yum! Cool Argyll-style design, too. Must try!

  3. love love love it. thank you for det inspiration!

  4. LOVE the colours – so much fun

  5. Nice craft!!! Fun colors!! ^ _ ^

  6. so cool idea! & i love your pictures! so bright with beautiful colors!

  7. Really nice!! How did you fix it to the glass for the candle holder? With glue?

    • Kate #

      Hi Lililila….you just weave a flat piece just long enough to fit around the circumference of the jar. Then you bring the ends around and weave them together. It should then just slide nicely over your jar.

      If you are still in the dark then let me know and Ill put up some photo’s to explain

  8. Oh my! So lovely, lovely, lovely. I imagine that the light from the candle creates lovely patterns shining thorough the beads. Be well! a.

  9. Kennie #

    Those candle holders are awesome! I’d like to give them a go eventually, but I’d like to give the bracelet a try first. In both the bracelet and the candle holders, did you use mini or midi beads? Also, which packs (colours) and how many packs did you need for both projects? I think I bought the Hama midi pastel pack and that’s definitely not enough to make the bracelet, nor does it contain all the right colurs.

  10. Love the pattern to this, very colourful for these dark January evenings – fabulous!

  11. very colorful ! love it !
    must try with kids !

  12. I’ve been dreaming of weaving with Hama beads too! I was inspired by those Swedish baskets from the 70′s but have yet to give it a try, so thanks so much for your inspiration!

  13. Beautiful! I love the design!

  14. Would look great as cupcake holders!

  15. acabei de conhecer o seu blog e amei, vou voltar mais vezes e parabéns pela sua criatividade, beijo, nanda.

    • Kate #

      Obrigado Fernanda ^_^

      • Thea #

        what he’s saying is, i just know your blog and loved it, i will come back more often.

        • Thea #

          then you said thanks, sorry i didn’t know!!!!! i forgot what it was “/ awkard!!!

          • Kate #

            no worries Thea…and thanks for the help

  16. Thea #

    you were right, the start is REALLY fiddly, but after that it is sooooooo easy, love it, love it and most of all, my friends loved their gifts!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. pretty. cool idea and beautiful colors!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

    • Kate #

      Thanks Doro K…it’s lovely that you linked.

      Kate ^_^

  18. Rebecca #

    I would love to see a tutorial on basket weaving with hama beads!

  19. Sylvia #

    Beautiful, nicely done.

  20. Sen #


    need to see how you’ve put the beads in the thread.


    • Alana #

      have a look at the website she has linked, it has videos on it and everything, it is really useful!!!

      Hope it helps,


  21. Diva Silva #

    I love everyone, thank you for share!

  22. Alana #

    Hi Kate, just wondering if you used an even or odd count for the cover with the complete diamond it the middle. I have some iron on beads, are they the same?


    • Alana #

      Just noticed you used 35 beads across and 17 beads going down!!!!

    • Kate #

      Hi Alana,

      Glad you sorted it. I think iron-on beads are the same as hama beads and perler beads. Happy weaving ^_^

      • Alana #

        Thanks!!!! Will start this as soon as mum gets some shirring elastic!!!!!!! She is getting some soon, so these will make perfect christmas presents!!!

  23. Alana #

    Hi again,

    I was just wondering where you got your candle from, I adore it!!!!!

  24. A beautiful surprise present for my mom…!!!

  25. tamara #

    how are you string in out of the perler on your pattern I can not see how you are doing it I
    apperiate if you could send me more info thank you

  26. Hey! I have a big “perler bead board” the one with all of the little spikes on it to hold up the beads. Do you think the pattern would turn out well if I arranged them all on that first, and then started weaving?

  27. emma campbell #

    Hi there could u show me how to add on the string when u run out please many thanks emma

    • Kate #

      Hi Emma, Just tie a new piece on – the knot will become hidden inside the beads. Hope that helps. Kate ^_^

  28. I’m absolutely tickled to see this post. I used to love bead-weaving, it was one of the first crafts I taught myself as a kid. That said, I think this craft could be great for the right child. I was pretty obsessed with bead weaving between 9-12.

  29. wow great! really cool instructions. Thanks for that. That the pattern is sometimes a bit difficult, but with a little exercise you get through it well.

  30. susan tan #

    This is so interesting.

  31. Amy #

    How do make it

  32. Alex #

    Hi, I’ve just found this and is really great. I’m going to do some my self. On an average size wrist with a Hama bead bracelet which is 4 beads thick, how much elastic would you need?

    Love the site

  33. really cute!!! I linked you at my DIY-Blog at http://www.nur-noch.blogspot.de

  34. genie #

    how do you start them off as i make candles and these would be perfect

  35. genie #

    how ho u start them off as i make candles and these would be perfect

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