The easiest way to show-case my pumpkin beaded box pattern is actually through video. So, I had a bit of fun creating a spooky film…make sure you watch to the end!…
Now, let’s get serious for a minute, and let me tell you more about this project.
You are going to need a combination of size 11 Delicas and size 11 rounded seed beads to make this pumpkin beaded box. The reason is, mixing up these two bead types is critical to giving your box its shaping.
So, I have gone into a lot of detail about how to choose your beads, and how to make some substitutions if you’re wanting to use beads from your stash.
You also need your favourite beading thread. I say, ‘your favourite’ because you want something that will allow you to get excellent tension. So, this can vary from person to person. For me, my preferred choice is Fireline, but I know there will be others who prefer something different.
Experience and Techniques
As you just saw in the video, this beaded box uses a combination of basic bead-weaving techniques. None of them are difficult, so I have assumed you already know the basics. But I have also linked to free tutorials to help you out if you’re new to anything.
I will be asking you to use your own initiative, get a little creative, and possibly solve some problems. So, if you’re a beader who needs everything spelt out exactly, then maybe this is a project to try later on when you have more confidence.
The key to getting this to work is good beading tension. But I have also included a lot of tips to help you with that.
You will also have the chance to use your own creativity.
About the pumpkin beaded box
I’ve been wanting to make a pumpkin for a very long time. But, as with my cupcake beaded box, it was really important to me to be able to get the texture and shaping just right for this. So, it has taken me a while to evolve, learn, and work out how to create this.
You may be looking at this and thinking that the ‘segments’ are going to be really complicated to make. But if you get the pattern, you’ll discover they are actually deceptively easy. You’re going to be using simple even count Peyote for a large proportion of this project!
Having worked out how to achieve the pumpkin effect that I wanted, I then had to figure out how to turn it into a box. So, rather than making the pumpkin a box in itself, I’ve combined it with leaves. So, you’re growing a full plant here!
I have sized this to allow room for a tea light. (These are the exact tea lights that I used). So, you can create a wonderful spooky effect. These would be brilliant decorations for a Hallowe’en party. You’ve just seen that in the video! But, as you also saw, you can simply fill this box with treats and give it to someone special.
So, I look forward to seeing what you do with yours…