I know I’ve shared lots of easy DIY’s here on this blog. I hope that doesn’t mean I’m a simpleton… But of course, to keep on track with the simple DIY theme, here’s another tutorial, although it almost doesn’t need one.
This process started by making just one flower, of one “variety”, and as soon as I made it, I was hooked and had to make another. And another. And a different one. And maybe another.
So here’s what you need:
To make these kinds of flowers, all you do is add hot glue to the floral wire and roll it in the beads.
I found that once the glue has cooled a bit to the touch, but is still pliable, it’s a good idea to shape the flower with your fingers and press the beads into the glue lightly. That way, you won’t have beads a’flyin’ when you’re using these flowers.
These flowers are a bit more intensive, but definitely doable.
Start with a bit of glue just on the tip of the wire. Add beads all the way around.
Add some more glue (in small sections, so it doesn’t dry before you place the beads) and continue adding.
For the last layer, you’ll repeat step 2, but place the beads in a slightly more diagonal angle, so it looks like it’s budding off of the stem.
This project goes by pretty fast, and it’s one of my favorites that I’ve ever made. I love flowers, and these are a little more glitzy and long lasting than the growing kind.
Here are my top ideas for using these beaded flowers:
1. In a small vase, as is.
2. Mixed in with a real flower arrangement.
3. Twisted into an old wreath.
4. Used as hairpieces for a photoshoot.
5. As a unique cocktail ring.
6. Wrapped around candles.
7. Decorating scrapbooking pages,
8. As a prop in product photography.
To be real here, this may be my proudest DIY I’ve posted about so far. There are just so many possibilities with these beaded flowers, and I can’t wait to use them over and over and over!
What would you do with these?