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Bert and Bella Bead Characters

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These little rascals are super cute and so simple to create! Once you have created one character you'll want to make a whole family of them!

  • Step 1Begin by cutting a long length of jute twine. Fold the twine in half and knot the folded end to create a loop. Thread a wooden bead onto the yarn and push it all the way up to the knot.
  • Step 2Trim the jute twine so that it is long enough to be a body and legs. Knot the two strands of twine at the ends to create feet.
  • Step 3Choose a colour of ribbon and start making your character’s body by weaving and knotting the ribbon over and around itself as shown in the picture.
  • Step 4Continue this technique until you have covered the whole body of your character.
  • Step 5Trim the excess ribbon to create arms and knot the loose ends of the ribbon to create hands.
  • Step 6Cut a short length of ribbon in another colour and use this to tie a bow around your character’s neck.
  • Step 7Use a marker to draw a face on your bead character.
  • Step 8Use the steps above to create as many characters as you desire!

Materials used in this activity

Ribbon Pack - 65g Pack
Product Code: 10798
EACH $16.49 (inc GST) $14.99 (ex GST)
4 or more $9.89 (inc GST) $8.99 (ex GST)          
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Wooden Beads - Natural - 340g Pack
Product Code: 10841
EACH $21.99 (inc GST) $19.99 (ex GST)
5 to 9 $18.69 (inc GST) $16.99 (ex GST) 10 or more $16.49 (inc GST) $14.99 (ex GST)
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Jute Twine - Thick - 140 Metres
Product Code: 14275
EACH $31.89 (inc GST) $28.99 (ex GST)
6 or more $21.99 (inc GST) $19.99 (ex GST)          
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CleverPatch Triangular Maxi Permanent Markers - Black - Pack of 12
Product Code: 16531
EACH $14.29 (inc GST) $12.99 (ex GST)
10 to 49 $10.71 (inc GST) $9.74 (ex GST) 50 or more $7.14 (inc GST) $6.49 (ex GST)
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