Beaded Cube Pattern by Celeste

Welcome to the beaded cube pattern instructions! This pattern was generously created and donated to all of us by our fellow beader Celeste. If you have any difficulty following this tutorial, please post a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Beaded Cube Pattern

Before you begin ...
Materials:
48 crystals (4 to 6 mm) or seed beads (size 6); 1 meter of fishing line; optional: 36 smaller seed beads (size 11 or 15) to be strung between the larger beads once the cube is completely beaded
Time required: About 0.5 hours
Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave
Difficulty: Easy


Step 1

Step 1:In this pattern, we'll be starting at the orange dot (not the yellow star!) at bead #1. First, string 4 beads onto your piece of fishing line and cross the strings at the 4th bead. Add 3 more beads, and cross at the 7th bead. Add 3 more beads, cross at the 10th bead. At this point, you are going to string through a bead you already have placed in your pattern, which is bead #3! Just add two more beads now, and cross at bead #12. The majority of the pattern is repeating itself, just remember that you are always making a circle of 4 beads! Keep beading by following the pattern until you have crossed the strings on bead 44, where the yellow star is drawn.


Step 2

Step 2:Once you are done with the bottom and the 4 sides of your beaded cube, we will pause after crossing the strings at bead 44. Pull your strings tight. You should have a hollow cube with no top on it! We'll add that now. In the pattern, look at the four-sided yellow star, this is where you left off, your pattern is just pulled tight now, do you see it? I shaded beads 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, and 44 (the all-around blue beads in this diagram) darker than the middle ones (45, 46, 47, 48) so that you could tell the old beads from the new ones added in this step. The middle beads are the new ones to be added (the top of your cube!)

From bead 44, you will string through bead 42 (Which is already in the pattern!) And then you will add 2 new beads (Beads 45 and 46). Cross through bead 46. String through beads 40 and 38, which are already in the pattern. Add one new bead, 47, and cross there. String through beads 36 and 34, add 1 new bead, and cross. Your cube is almost done now! String through beads 45, 30, and 32. Cross at 32. From there, take your string through some beads, tie a knot between the two ends of your fishing line or string, string through some more beads, then cut your strings short. You're done!

Tips:
- Colours: You don't have to use two different colors, but if you're making your first cube, then it's much easier to use two or more colors because you won't lose your place in your pattern. Follow this exact color scheme on your first cube, then play around with it on your next tries to get your perfect motif (something more complex like the cubes in the picture)
- Seed beads: If you want your cube to look extra intricate, you can string size 11 or 15 seed beads between each two larger beads, as you can see from the picture; this is very easy, just go back through all the beads in your cube and insert smaller seed beads between the bigger beads by simply stringing through
- Bugle beads: If you use long thin bugle beads instead of crystals or large seed beads, your cube will be like a skeletal lattice!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Post a comment on this page.

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  Beader Comments:
 hawkfire929 on September 30, 2014:
wow...it looks so hard......
 Priyo Sasmito on December 28, 2012:
I think it would be better if the instruction is step by step till the end.
 omar on June 3, 2012:
wow I remember you shoinwg us how to make those one summer. you brought us two big purple plastic boxes that had all sorts of beads and seashells in it and we did all sorts of crafty things. That's definitely a summer I have never ever forgotten. We all sat in the our dining room and had everything all spread out everywhere. That wasn't log after we moved up here if I remember correctly. One of the first summers you visited us. We were really young.
 billybloobbyy on April 4, 2012:
Omg that is so confusing i didnt even try to make it!!!!!
 Nicky Gabriel on August 10, 2011:
This is amazing! Thank you!
 danilda12 on June 17, 2011:
to Celeste-how to insert the smaler(round)beads?
 danilda12 on May 16, 2011:
oooops! and not adn.sorry i dint look at my coment before i post it.:P
 danilda12 on May 16, 2011:
in just two steps!!!!!!very beautiful adn seems to be easy to do!!;)
 Martha G O on January 13, 2011:
Gracias. Las instrucciones estan super.
 Zeliah on October 13, 2010:
Where can i get a tutorial im not too good with these patterns
 monika on September 17, 2010:
laba ;) aj zinai kalbu su tavim per skype :DDDDDDDDDD
 evelina on September 17, 2010:
labuka :) ka veiki? ;DDDDD
 monika on September 17, 2010:
oh no! this is to hard for me!! And hi evelina. evelina is my friend ;))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
 evelina on September 17, 2010:
omg!
 evelina on September 17, 2010:
omg!
 NNB on June 21, 2010:
Whoops, I ask questions too early...I get it now. Sorry, thanks. :)
 NNB on June 20, 2010:
Wait, I don't understand how to insert smaller beads inside. Do we need to string them in or just insert them?
 NNB on June 18, 2010:
nevermind, I get it now. :)
 Sophia on March 6, 2010:
Hi~ I was wondering if anyone had a picture of a cube beaded with bugle beads? I've already made several cubes successfully with seed beads (thank you Celeste ^^) but have had trouble making one with bugles. I think a picture would help because whenever I am about halfway through, it starts to look all wrong so I find myself just unthreading all the beads and starting over again. Thank you. ^^
 NNB on February 23, 2010:
I'm lost...i don't understand how to keep going after bead 12. Can someone explain? Thank-you so much.
 NNB on February 23, 2010:
ok, never mind. that just won't do at all... :(
 NNB on February 23, 2010:
Is it ok if i use beads of different sizes or will that not work?
 yello on February 14, 2010:
it is pretty hard
 shesaidleave on November 15, 2009:
so i made this with crystal 6mm cube beads and fishing wire. it's really flimsy and doesn't hold it's shape very well. i'm wondering if this is because i used cubed beads or due to the fishing wire? any ideas?
 patpat on June 10, 2009:
thanks a lot for this looking forward to trying it..
 Bead Lover on May 3, 2009:
I made one of these completely out of small seed bead and put it on a chain for a necklace and got a TON of complements! Thanks so much for this pattern!
 Mini-squishy on April 11, 2009:
this is so amzingly simply I'll soon have lots of these on my friends and my own school bag.
 fern on March 3, 2009:
the ones you made if they are what i think then thats it i saw them made in 5mm beads real cute four sided like the cube idea just a bead or two taller and two bead wide, cute i wish i knew how to figure it out but i will wait for you thanks sooo much again:)
 Celeste on March 3, 2009:
No promises on when, lol. But it shouldn't take too long, I already have an idea on how it will need to look. I made some around Christmas..I was going to make a bunch and make a little igloo, but got tired of making rectangles, lol.
 fern on March 2, 2009:
hi thanks for getting back to me, and yes i would love to learn the brick pattern how soon can it be posted? its realy a cute one!!!!:) thanks.
 Celeste on March 2, 2009:
Oh, and we arn't doing those sort of patterns anymore. They take a very long time to make, and cropping and image manipulation takes forever on them.
 Celeste on March 2, 2009:
Hi Fern! So sorry I didnt see this sooner, I'm glad you finally got it though! As for how to make a brick, it isn't too hard. If you could do this you can make one of them easily. It's hard to explain, but if you would really like to know I could perhaps make it into a pattern for you. =)
 fern on March 1, 2009:
hi i enjoy making the cube thanks so much also do you know about the brick pattern look like a long cube but thin not as wide as cube i have seen it its sooo cute woman from japan had it can you let me know if you know how to make that thanks:)
 fern on February 25, 2009:
hi iiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! got it and love it all i needed to do was relax and do again thank you love it:)
 fern on February 23, 2009:
hi celeste is there a pattern like the others you have with ppl hands in view? i looked at those and they look a bit simpler to me but i will try it again and again and see what hap thanks but let me know if somthing is pos workable thanks
 Laura on February 23, 2009:
Hi Fern. Celeste may be a better person to try and help you but I thought I would have a go at trying to explain. You may find it easier to follow the diagrams and also relate back to the written instructions. For example, even though the text doesn't specify which thread to add the first 4 beads, you can see on the diagram that the orange thread passes through these beads and the blue thread crosses through the last bead added. Same for the beads 5 to 7 - the orange thread passes through them and then the blue thread crosses through the last. And so on. Hope that helps you. Let us know if you need any more help. xxx
 fern-feb22 on February 22, 2009:
hi your cube pattern is not saying to put left thread any way all it say is add ,what does that mean on right and pass through with left this is confussing i do alot of right angle but this one is questionable to so please help i want to make the cube:) looks jumble to me ps i love the hearts
 Celeste on February 14, 2009:
I'm glad that you got is Leah! ^^
 leah on January 26, 2009:
Well Im happy to say i got it now,it took a couple of times but I got it.
 nancy on December 28, 2008:
Hi, I love this pattern. I've made several using crystals and I have used six different colors for a diamond shape in the middle of each side. I was wondering if you could make a box with a beaded lid. I will play with it. Thanks for a great pattern.
 Cat on December 25, 2008:
YAY! I got it! It's much easier when you follow the directions, hehe. I used two colors, and colored the end of one thread black with a sharpie. I made a "mommy" and a "baby". I am putting pics in the forum right now, but I think they're a little blurry.
 Celeste on December 7, 2008:
Yes =) You can use crystals, seed beads, or bugle beads.
 Abbie on December 7, 2008:
Can you use crystals like you use in the hello kitty, or the small cat pattern?
 Celeste on November 27, 2008:
You don't have to, I guess if you wanted to weigh it down you could though.
 nancy on November 27, 2008:
Do you stufff a bead or two inside before you stich the cube up?
 Allegra on November 26, 2008:
Right, so bead 6 is actually at the very bottom face of the cube. Bead 21 is on the side wall of the cube. Looking at the finished product picture, I believe it is the corner bead, while bead 22 is directly opposite bead 6, except along the side wall of the cube, not on the bottom face. Hopefully if you pull your strings tight and follow the diagram as closely as you can, it should fall into place. Let us know if this helped at all. I tried to photograph my cubes from an angle so that you could look at them to be able to tell where you are at in your cube. Do you need more pictures?
 Celeste on November 25, 2008:
Well, if you pull tightly you should see part of the walls up by bead 21. Did you use two seperate bead colors like in the pattern? That way is easiest, because you can always know which way is the bottom. Keep the first four bead circles flat, because THAT is the bottom of your cube. From there it should be easy to figure out..I hope, lol! I dont have any pictures of the beaded cube actually, i cant get the beads to show up well at all on my camera, im sorry =(

Try using a permanent marker to make one of the strings, that always helped me when I was following patterns that were based heavily on the string colors. Hope I helped some! =)
 Cat on November 24, 2008:
This is harder than it looks. I got up to bead #21, and then I couldn't figure out which bead was the original #6 to put the orange side of the thread through. Is there any way you can show us what the cube should look like after each step or two? No wonder I can never figure out the Japanese books. I can't even do it in English, LOL.
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