Easy Bead Coaster Craft Tutorial [Video]

Do you love the colors of glass beads? Think beyond the glass bead bracelet and learn how to make an easy bead drink coaster!

No matter your home decor style or color scheme, there is always room for a pop of color! If it adds a little sparkle, all the better!

And I have just the thing!

I thought I would try something a little different this week. Beading is not really my thing, because I’m just not that patient.

Usually, I’d be more likely to make a coaster with loose beads that involved resin and no stringing.


This was just enough to keep my attention and because it was easy, I didn’t get frustrated.

Could it be any prettier? Look at all those colors!

I went all-in with all the colors, but you could go mix it up. Red and white are perfect for Valentines Day. Go with the traditional red and green for Christmas.

You see where I’m going with this!

Or just use the colors that go with your home decor style.

Container of colorful glass beads

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Materials you will need to make the bead coaster

Bead Coaster Video Tutorial

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Directions on how to make beaded coasters:

Step 1: Start stringing those beads

String beads onto the fishing line. The amount you need will depend on the size of your beads and the size of your cork round. I needed roughly 74 inches.

Stringing beads on fish line
Stringing rainbow colored glass beads on fish line

Step 2: Secure the knots

Knot both ends, so the beads don’t fall off.

Tying know in fishline so colorful glass beads won't fall off

Step 3: Glue all around!  

Using a combination of hot glue and Ultimate glue, you will glue the beads onto the cork round. Start with a small bit of hot glue in the center of the cork round and place one end of the bead string into the hot glue and let it cool.  

Gluing glass beads to cork round

Step 4: Spread the glue!

Once cooled, spread the other glue around the cork round, a little bit at a time.

Spreading glue on cork round to glue on glass beads

Step 5: Now it’s starting to look like a bead coaster!

Keep winding it around itself and adding glue.  The hot glue will hold the beads in place, while the other glue dries and creates a stronger bond.

Showing how to make beaded coasters by spiraling colorful glass beads around on a cork round
Glass beads snaked around to create a glass bead drink coaster

Step 6: Snippity snip!  

When you are done, be sure to allow the glue to dry before you snip the end (if needed).

Using scissors to trim off extra beads


  • If you have a gap in the very middle, then just glue a couple of loose beads in the middle.
  • I placed a piece of parchment paper on the coaster and put a book on top, while it dried. Cork rounds can sometimes begin to curl, while they dry. The book kept it nice and flat.

That’s it!  Now you know how to make beaded coasters that can withstand your coffee or teacup as well. It’s cheap to make, but looks like a million bucks!

Completed glass beaded coaster with rainbow beads
Cork backing on coaster

If you are still not convinced that beading is for you, I have other projects that give you a beaded look, without the time-consuming beading and stringing!

I have a very classic, think Chanel vibe, Pearl Coaster.

I also have a colorful pearl coaster that could not be easier!

If you really want to have fun with beads, try your hand at making Bead People!

Bead Coasters To Buy

If you love the look of the bead coaster but don’t want to make it, here are some beautiful bead coaster alternatives!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Remember:  Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!


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