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Organize your beads into a colourful bead gallery!
I've been looking for a great way to organize my beads ever since I started my collection as a kid and when my friends were selling off some furniture from their craft store, I picked up a giant frame which gave me the idea to create a bead gallery for the wall.

It's so much better than rummaging through drawers of beads and looks so inspiring next to my craft desk!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find a frame large enough to hold your bead collection. I have a lot of beads so I had to buy a massive frame.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 2
    Step 2

    You'll also need some cork tiles for the backing. If you're lucky, these will fit first time.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 3
    Step 3

    If not, you can cut them to the right size by marking a line where the tile meets the edge of your frame.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 4
    Step 4

    Carefully saw the cork tile with a hack saw.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 5
    Step 5

    Check the fit of your cut tile and repeat with the remaining tiles.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 6
    Step 6

    Stick the tiles together around the edges with a hot glue gun and tape over the cracks with duct tape for extra security.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 7
    Step 7

    Wrap the covering fabric around the front of the cork, folding the rough edges neatly around the back. You can use thumb tacks to hold the fabric in place while you work.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place the covered cork on your frame and hammer nails around the edge of the cork to secure it to the frame.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now it's time to organize your beads into little ziplock bags.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 10
    Step 10

    I grouped mine by colour, then shape, then size and arranged them in a rainbow on the side of my desk.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 11
    Step 11

    Transfer the beads onto your board, starting at the bottom with the darkest colours.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 12
    Step 12

    Pin the first bag in place at the top with a map pin and then overlap the bag on top so that you can see about an inch of the bag underneath. Work your way up the board getting lighter in shade.

  • How to make a craft organizers. Bead Gallery - Step 13
    Step 13

    You're all done - now look how easy it is to the fine the bead you need!

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