You might remember these beads from your childhood. They’re inexpensive and easy to work with so they are often one of the first kinds of beads used with kids. If you’re anything like us, you still love pony beads, so you’re going to want to check out the pony bead craft projects we have rounded up.
These still make for great craft projects for kids – check out the lizards for one of our favorite kid projects – but there are some more grown-up ideas here too. We are especially fond of the macrame bracelet with beaded accents. SO cute!
Love these pony bead crafts? Check out our amazing Perler bead craft roundup too!
Pony Bead Craft Projects
Here’s another reason why pony beads are so popular in crafting. They melt really well and you can make all kinds of cool stuff that way as well. Just remember to work safely and in a well-ventilated area!
This is the bracelet we mentioned – isn’t it adorable? Simple to make and fun to wear. It would make a great gift for your BFF too.
Another take on melting the beads – add them to hair and jewelry findings! Ohhh, what about attaching one to a keychain?
This suncatcher is so pretty! You could also add feathers to it if you wanted to make it more boho.
This is a classic! Make simple Christmas ornaments with pony beads. This is an easy craft project even for preschoolers.
Wow. The melted bead crafts just keep getting better and better. Who would have thought you could fuse them together like this to create such pretty bracelets?
Use them as keychains or attach them to a backpack or lunch bag. If you don’t want them where someone’s name would be seen because of safety concerns, try using a nickname or secret code you come up with yourselves.
Football fans are going to love this! You could make them in traditional football colors or the colors of your favorite team.
Tuck this idea away for the fall. Keep the kids busy for hours creating autumn decor for your home and to give as gifts!
Another version of a suncatcher – this one adds a prism to create that pretty dance of colors throughout your home.
Once the kids see how easy it is to make these fish, challenge them to come up with shapes of their own. Who can make a pony bead cat?
We think hanging a bunch of these up as a mobile or filling a window with them would look so cute!
A classic. These were so popular back in the 90s and we think it’s time to bring them back!
Your little one will be spreading wishes and dreams everywhere with their special fairy wands. We think making them in red, white, and blue and placing them in a mason jar or something similar would create an adorable display for the 4th of July.
A more sophisticated take on the melted bead jewelry – make sets of these to give as gifts or use as stocking stuffers.
These ornaments will pick up the sparkle of the Christmas lights adding a stunning effect to your holiday decor.
It’s so simple – we can’t believe we didn’t think of this before. Use old t-shirts and pony beads to create cute and trendy headbands.
The little ones are going to get a kick out of these adorable spy glasses! They might need a little help assembling them but decorating is all up to the kids.
See? Pony bead crafts are still tons of fun! You can buy them in bulk really inexpensively. The beads and a few other simple supplies like pipe cleaners and the kids are all set for some creative fun.