Putting Together Kits for Beading Parties

by Rena Klingenberg.

Making Kits for Beading Parties - Rena KlingenbergFor beading parties, I found that the party moves along better if the participants can choose from “kits” to work with, instead of choosing each individual bead themselves.

(Some people can take an hour or longer to choose the beads for a pair of earrings, which can really slow down a jewelry making party.)

The kits are little “designer collections” of jewelry components, with everything the party guest needs to make a necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings.

I always include a few more beads than the party guest will actually need to make the piece of jewelry, so they can have the fun of choosing which beads to use from their kit.

It’s a good idea to have kits available in a variety of color schemes so there’s something for everyone.

Kits for Children’s
Bracelet Making Birthday Parties

(See my main post on how to do a Girls’ Birthday Bracelet Beading Party.)

Here’s how I’ve put together kits for bracelet-making birthday parties:

First, ask the parents hosting the party to send you a list of the guests’ names and favorite colors, so every guest will have a kit in colors they love.

I put each kit in its own mini-ziplock bag, along with a slip of paper that has the party guest’s name and desired colors, so they’ll be easy to hand out when we’re ready to get started.

I use a beadboard to measure how many inches of beads from my bead stash to put into each kit.

I focus on creating a nice variety of colors, shapes, etc. in the desired color combos.

Then I toss in a few beads in a coordinating color – or some hematite, onyx, or pearl beads for color contrast.

I also make sure there’s at least one cool focal bead in each bracelet kit.

Although I know each bracelet only needs 4 to 6 inches of beads for most children’s bracelets, I put about 8 or 9 inches of beads in each kit, so the guests will have a nice selection to design with, and they’ll get to take the extra beads home with them for other projects.

Into each kit I also put a 10″ strand of beading wire with one end of a small toggle clasp already attached to it (I help them put on the other end of the clasp when they’re finished).

This is a very simple version of kits, done for elementary-school age kids, but you can use it as a springboard for creating your own kit projects.

And of course, always bring along extra kits in case other people want to join in the jewelry-making fun!

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Comments

  1. Thank you again Rena for another great article with more great tips! What a great way to arrange the kits. I think I will apply your advice to the beading class for seniors that I am hosting in November.

  2. Thanks! What tips do you have for putting together kits for adults?

  3. Hi Holly, it depends on whether you’re working with someone individually or teaching a group. Kits are much easier, especially for group settings. In my post, Jewelry Making Party Flyers I wrote, “I recommend using flyers with photos that represent projects your jewelry making party guests could realistically make themselves. In fact, many people will just point to one of the photos on your flyer and say, ‘I want to make that!’” So if you have a pre-selected array of projects to choose from, you could create kits for each project ahead of time, to help make the event go smoothly.

  4. Christina Batiste says:

    I love your articles. They always hit the nail on the head. I always want to teach jewelry making but with some control. This is the solution. Thank you☺

  5. I have a seasonal gift shop and often thought it would be fun to host some jewelry classes in the store, (before I open) for the vacationers that are in the area. Teaching something from start to finish seemed an enormous task to me; but I think these kits would be a perfect project that could be done in an hour. Then I would have extra kits to sell that they could take home. I could focus on fun summer stretch bracelets or ankle bracelets. Something simple.

  6. Christina, thank you for your lovely comment! And I’m glad the idea of kits is so helpful for you. 🙂

  7. Janet, I think the jewelry classes in your gift shop would be popular – especially if you encourage participants to bring a friend. It’s more fun for the participants to have a friend in the class, and more students for you. 🙂

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