June 22, 2013

Pony Bead Lizard Tutorial

Looking for an awesome craft to do with kiddos??  I've got ya covered!

I know, you're thinking "Isn't it the middle of the Red White Blue Series?!? what about that?" - - you're right, and here's to you, the ever-observant blog reader:  Patriotic Lizards

This project is part of the Michael's Summer Adventure program, which I love the idea behind - unplug and reconnect via fun activities and crafts this summer:


At Cub Scout Day Camp, the pony bead projects (pony = the type of beads, not the animal/shape being made) were a huge hit.  Boys made more at home, had lizard wars, etc.  

My oldest was so excited that all my other kids were too - and we had to make an emergency trip to Michael's the next day to stock up on pony bead animal supplies (love these multi-color kits I found at Michael's - keeps it organized, and gives tons of options.  Use a coupon!)
The kids are no strangers to pony bead animals - they've made various versions at Grandma Day Camp:


When we were making them, and my kids were showing friends how to make them, I thought "this would make a great video tutorial".  And so here ya go - - my kid can teach your kid how to create a Bead Lizard! Young ones these days, they can watch a tutorial and know exactly how to do something - they catch on so quick.  The video is about 8 minutes, so not too long:



If you want a visual pattern, here's that - the blue line is one string and the white line is the other string:
Voila, once you create one and kind of get the feel for how they go together, you'll want to make a bunch.  My kids keep making them to give away to friends.
And once you master the lizard, there are TONS of other patterns out there - just search online for "free pony bead animal patterns" and start browsing - here's my daughter tackling the monkey.  Oh, and heads up, we could not find brown pony beads - so you make "fun" colors work and think outside the box - like a pink monkey.

Enjoy!!

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6 Fabulous Comments:

Oh my goodness this brings back memories! I remember making all kinds of these animals when I was a kid (I am 25 now). I can't believe kids are still doing this... so fun!

Heck yeah! I loved making these with my mom when I was younger! We made all sorts of animals. We even made tiny lizards with seed beads and dental floss. Lots of fun!

This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/two-girls-and-a-party-link-up-22/
Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
Hosted by:
http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/ Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
http://thissillygirlslife.com/ Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
We hope to see you there!

Thanks for linking these up to "Let's Hear it for the Boy"!! They are adorable! My boys would love making these!

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