3D Bead Playground Slide

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This is a cute 3D beaded playground slide that I made for my daughter’s shopkins collection. In case you don’t have kids who are in the 4 to 6 age group, shopkins is a toy brand that makes mini toys. Her mini characters can now slide in this slide. 😀

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Let us start making the parts first.

For this, you have to know how to weave the following stitches.

1. Cubic right angle weave – for making the stairs
2. Right angle weave – for the slide

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

For the stairs, you can make add a touch of color to the rungs as I did above with a line of white beads or you can make the stairs a single color like shown below.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

The ladder and the slides have the same height and width.

This is a tall structure so it will need adequate support to stand. So join the two beaded sheets of the slide. Link shows detailed steps to do the same.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Join 3 sides, and then insert a cardboard. You can also use a transparent stiff plastic sheet if you prefer that. I could not take proper pictures with them. So I am going to use this brown cardboard.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

If you are a perfectionist, you can cover the cardboard with paper / fabric that matches the beads.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

After inserting the cardboard, seal the 4th side also.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Now let us start with the stairs. Stairs will also require reinforcement. You can use a couple of tooth picks on each side or thin metal rods as shown below.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Bend the metal first and then start weaving the ladder. It will be harder to insert the metal later. But this also depends on how flexible your metal rod is.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Close up view to show position of metal rod.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Then finish the last rung of ladder.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Cut off the excess metal using cutting pliers

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Add two small columns to the slide using cubic right angle weave as shown below.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Then join the stairs to the slide. Here is a tutorial that shows how you can join them.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Then weave and fill the gap.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Beaded 3D slide is ready for hours of fun for your little one.

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

Playground slide - beaded 3D shapes - Indian crafts from 1980s

 

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