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Dog Days of Summer

Sad that summer is almost over? Take a look at these cute pups (plus bonus kitties and baby!) who love Maptote too! They’ll be sure to cheer you up! 

Shop for your furry friend and share your love of Maptote with us!

Posted on September 8th, 2020 by Maptote

DIY Beaded Face Mask Chain

Face Masks are here to stay so, we created a handy mask chain DIY for you to create your very own stylish mask chain. It’s perfect for those times when you need your mask easily accessible. Read on to learn how to make 2020’s hottest new accessory!

DIY MASK CHAIN

Materials

You can find these materials at your favorite craft store or online. Or checkout the independent craft stores we linked below, and shop small!

MATERIALS

Step 1

Cut beading wire to about 24 inches long. If you are using a badge or necklace clasp first string the crimp bead and then the clasp and feed wire back through crimp bead to create a loop. Press and flatten crimp bead with flat or round nose pliers. If you are using a clip or lanyard clasp that does not need to be attached you can just feed the wire through he crimp bead to make a small loop and we will connect the lanyard clasps at the end. Press and flatten crimp bead with flat nose pliers.

Step 2

Start beading! Plan a pattern with your seed beads or just start stringing at random. You can feed the excess wire from your loop through the first couple of beads to hide it. I like to use a Maptote Small Tray as a beading tray. It makes for an easy clean up and makes these tiny beads easy to grab!

BEADING PATTERNS

Some examples of beading patterns. Have fun and get creative with colors and patterns!

Step 3

Periodically while beading, check it out for length. I prefer mine on the longer side, but these chains can be any length. Once you have beaded to your desired length, make sure to leave about 1-2 inches of wire to loop the end.

Step 4

Finish by stringing the second crimp bead and last clasp on the wire and loop it to close. Press firmly with pliers to flatten crip bead. You can try feed the excess wire back through the beads to hide it or cut it off!

Step 5

Attach your favorite mask and you are ready to safely adventure out into the world!

DIY BEADED MASK CHAIN
DIY BEADED MASK CHAIN

Posted on September 4th, 2020 by Maptote

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