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You stop by the store and pick up a bead bracelet for the outfit that you are going to wear tomorrow. Same thing for the party this upcoming weekend. Of course it becomes hard to find an exact match with the clothing you are going to wear and prices just seem to be going up at the stores. Is there an alternative. Yes, there is. You can start making your own bead bracelets at home. In fact, if you get into making bead bracelets, you will probably find yourself making your own earrings, necklaces, pendants, and more. With beads and beading, the fun part is in doing it yourself.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

So what does it take to start making your own bead bracelets? I always recommend starting with a pattern or design. If you are anything like me (a touch on the non-creative side) then you will want to pick up a bead magazine or head over to your local craft or bead store for ideas. If you are still coming up with nothing, just do a search on the internet for bead bracelets and you will come up with designs that you can replicate.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

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Will you be using glass beads, plastic, wood, or even your very own handmade clay beads to make your bead bracelets? Choices are virtually unlimited. One other quick tip that I would like to add. If you are anything like me, you like to take pictures of your creations. Well, not everyone but the one's that you are proud of. So what I do is to buy a background that I can place on my kitchen table which not only allows me to easily see the beads but will eventually serve as the background for a picture or two. Black, red, blue, and white are my favorite colors for the background.

Here are the supplies that you will need:

Background
Project design
Type/Size of beads
Number of beads
Bead (wire or elastic)
Crimps
Clasps
Pliers for crimping
Bead organizer (optional)

Place all of the above on top of the background. That way your materials are all within arms length reach. Make sure to string your beads one at a time to avoid any kinks in your bead line. A bead stopper can help you to keep the beads in place. If you've ever slid beads on the line to only watch them fall off the other end, you'll know what I mean. Use a crimp near both ends of the line to keep the beads in place. Finally, add the clasp. That is how you make bead bracelets.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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