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16 Bead Pattern Ideas For Braids

When I ask the girls what color beads they want, they always respond “rainbow.” Using our same box of beads, we have come up with different patterns in order to keep their braids looking different each time.

1. Random

There is no pattern here. I literally pick beads from a bag and let it create

whatever pattern. The only consistency is the number of beads on each braid.

colorful pony beads on African American 6 year old girl

2. More Randomness

Another random color scheme that still looks cute.

pony beads in 3-6 year olds hair

3. Primary Color

Purple was our primary color here. The pattern included a total of 5 beads.

3 purple

1 orange

1 blue

purple pony beads on little girl's braids

4. One Color: White

Here they are all white. We played around with shapes, but kept the beads the same color.

white flower and heart beads on little girl's braids

5. One Color: Blue

light blue beads on 4 year old girl

6. One Color: Yellow

yellow beads on 6 year old girl's braids

7. Layered

I like to match the girls patterns but give them different colors. This layered pattern includes...

2 Orange

2 Green

2 Blue

3 White

colorful beads on African American girl's hair

8. Random Color Scheme

We chose three colors and randomly arranged them on the braids. We also played with shapes.


Light Blue


flower and heart shaped beads on little girl with braids

9. Rainbow Braids

Each braid has a different color, but the same pattern and same number of beads. For example...

1 white, 3 orange, 1 white, 3 orange, 1 white

1 white, 3 blue, 1 white, 3 blue, 1 white

1 white, 3 pink, 1 white, 3 pink, 1 white

1 white, 3 green, 1 white, 3 green, 1 white

and so on...

colorful beads on little girl with twists

10. Start and End With Same Color

In this pattern, we did one bead of each color and started and ended with orange.

1 orange, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 pink, 1 white, 1 grey, 1 orange

Colorful beads on 4 year old girl with braids

11. Black Beads With A Hint Of Color

Our girls love color, so although the main color is black in this pattern, we put a different color bead on the ends.

5 black, 1 pink

5 black, 1 blue

5 black, 1 yellow

5 black, 1 white

and repeat...

black beads on little African American girl with braids

12. Repeating Color Pattern

This simple pattern has three colors ... white, blue, teal, white, blue, teal.

blue and white beads on girl with braids

13. Pink and Orange

In this pattern there are 5 pinks beads and 1 orange.

pink and orange beads on little girl with braids

14. Purple Lovers

The theme of this color scheme was tones of purple. We used...

3 purple, 2 light purple, 1 pink, 1 blue, 1 white.

purple beads on little girl with braids

15. Top Heavy

This pattern has 3 pink, 1 white, 2 yellow.

pink, yellow and white beads on little girl with braids

16. Mixed Materials

These wood beads did not come with the box of beads. But I mixed them with different shades of brown plastic beads to give an earth tone look.

16 Bead Pattern Ideas For Braids | DommiesBlessed

What are your favorite bead patterns? Have you tried wood beads and mixing materials? Let us know below.

Until next time...

Love The Journey,

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