Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Beaded Boxes

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These chocolate dipped strawberry beaded boxes are quick and simple to make. Each is about 1″ across and just over 1″ high. So, they would make a great little display, but more on ideas for using them later… First, let’s take a look at how to make these.

Materials

You will need size 11 seed beads in four colours. You need less than 5g of each colour for each little chocolate dipped strawberry. So, you may already have some of the beads in your stash.

I recommend using Miyuki rounded seed beads for this project. I haven’t tried it with other brands, so they may give slightly different results.

You should NOT use Delicas because they will create very angular strawberries and look less realistic.

You are also going to need beading thread that will give you excellent tension. These boxes are self-supporting. So, your success with this project will rely a lot on your tension.

I have recommended that you use Fireline. You are free to experiment with other threads. But just be aware that if you are struggling to get the right tension, you might do better with a different thread.

Experience and Techniques

You don’t need any previous experience with beaded boxes. These chocolate dipped strawberry beaded boxes are a really simple design.

So, you will be working in circular and tubular Peyote stitch. You should already know how to make increases and decreases and also how to use Stitch-in-the-Ditch technique.

If any of those techniques are unfamiliar, I have also included a link to an online class that will teach you all the basic techniques. So, you have plenty of support if you need it.

About the chocolate dipped strawberry beaded boxes

These little beaded boxes take just a couple of hours to make. I actually made my original chocolate dipped strawberries as one of the projects in Sweet Treats book. Those were purely ornamental, or could be made into jewellery.

Since I’ve become addicted to making beaded boxes, it suddenly occurred to me that this would be a brilliant design for a box.

The chocolate forms the box base and the strawberry top will lift off to reveal the storage space inside. Now, these are really small boxes. But they will happily store a small treat, like M&Ms or Smarties or Jelly Beans. So, as a beading friend pointed out, this has great potential for a party game…

What could you do with a collection of these little boxes and a few treats?

The tutorial includes instructions for all the variations you see in the photos. So, you can stand your dipped strawberries just on chocolate. Or, display them on a flat doily or in a little white cake case.

You can also add some striped decoration to your chocolate if you wish. So, that gives you plenty of options to explore. And something for all skill levels.

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