If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that my Halloween crafting obsession has spread to Hama beads this year – partially ignited by the selection that CraftMerrily included in the Bostik Bloggers box this month.
Pumpkins (or Jack O Lanterns as they’re called in the US) are one of the most obvious Halloween symbols to me, so they were the most obvious place to start with my Halloween Hama Beads. The urge to make them was so great that no only did I use up all the orange beads I could find in the house, but I also placed a separate order with CraftMerrily for more of them!
After making one large pumpkin (pattern found on Pinterest – and pinned on my Halloween board there) I then moved on to a smaller design with the aim of making some Hama bead bunting. Ideally I would have made more pumpkins, but to be honest I just ran out of orange beads! As I made them I lined them up on the bottom of the big mirror we have in our lounge and liked them all there so much that I just didn’t have the heart to move them when I finished.
Whilst waiting for an order of orange beads to arrive I tried modifying some cross stitch patterns that I’d found to create some other Halloween characters.
I started with a simple skeleton – not too bad for a first attempt.
Then I totally depleted my white bead supply with this cute ghost. There’s no way you could describe him as scary but I am completely in love with him!
The thing I’m fast discovering with Hama beads is that no matter how many of them you seem to have in the house, you never have enough in the right colours to make exactly what you want to make when you want to do it. I’m coming to the conclusion (whilst I wait for my next order from Craft Merrily to arrive!) that buying in bulk and having lots of storage boxes sorting into colours is the way forward.
Disclaimer: I was sent some Hama beads as part of my Bostik Bloggers craft box, but most of the ones used in the projects featured above have been bought form CraftMerrily myself.