Beaded pen covers are a fun and creative way to customize and decorate your everyday writing instruments. They add a pop of color and personality to pens, pencils, and markers. Making beaded pen covers is also a great craft project that allows you to design patterns and choose color combinations that match your style. With just a few basic supplies, you can create unique beaded covers for any type of pen. Follow this beginner’s guide to learn how to make beaded pen covers from start to finish.
- Beading wire or thin nylon cord
- Beads in your choice of colors and styles
- Pen or pencil to wrap
- Beading needle
- Clasp for closure (optional)
Choosing Your Beads
When making beaded pen covers, you first need to select the types, colors and quantities of beads you want to use. Glass seed beads, shaped beads, and multi-hole beads all work well. Make sure to pick bead sizes that will fit comfortably on your cord or wire. For a starting point, choose one main bead color and then accent colors. You'll also need enough beads to cover the length of the pen. Feel free to get creative with patterns. Character beads, animal shapes and letter beads can be used to spell names or words.
Cutting the Cord
Cut a strand of beading wire or nylon cording to your desired length. A good rule of thumb is to cut it about 2 inches longer than the pen. This allows for some overlap for finishing the ends. Use sharp scissors to ensure a clean cut. For pens or pencils that will be inserted into the beaded cover, be sure to account for the tip when measuring cord length.
Stringing the Beads
Thread your beading needle with the cord or wire. Tie a knot at the end, leaving a 1-inch tail. Select your first bead and string it through the eye of the needle. Continue adding beads in your chosen pattern. Use the ruler to space beads out evenly if desired. Once the pen is fully covered, slide all beads down toward the knotted end.
Wrapping the Pen
Position the beaded strand at the top of the pen barrel near the clicker or eraser. Begin wrapping down the length of the pen, keeping beads tight together as you go. For pencils or pens that will be inserted, slide the tip through the beaded strand first before wrapping down. Wrap the cord all the way to the bottom.
Finishing the Ends
When you reach the end, tie a knot with the tail end to temporarily hold beads in place. Put a dot of glue or clear nail polish on knot to permanently secure. At the top where you began, tie the two cord ends together. For a more finished look, attach a clasp or simply tie ends together. Trim any excess cord with scissors.
Adding Dangles or Charms
For a more decorative cover, you can add dangling beads,charms or chains. Use a jump ring or attach an extra piece of wire to connect charms to the main beaded strand before knotting the ends closed. Mix and match metals like silver, copper or gold for pretty accents.
Tips and Variations
- Use different sizes of seed beads for interesting texture
- Try two contrasting bead colors in a simple stripe or zigzag pattern
- Make beaded covers for marker sets by adjusting cord length
- Match beads to pen colors for a coordinated set
- Use beads like hearts, flowers or animals for themed covers
- Glue flat backed rhinestones or gems into beaded design
- Stitch initials or names with letter beads
- Braid multiple cords for a wider cover
- Wrap wire tightly around pen, then thread beads onto the coiled wire
With the basic technique mastered, you can design endless beadwork patterns for unique pen covers. The beads, colors and materials you choose make each hand-crafted cover one-of-a-kind. Give them as gifts or make a set to decorate your pencil cup. Add some sparkle and creativity to your writing tools with DIY beaded pen covers.