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Time:9h00
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Nice 'n' Simple
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Beadwork

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Perth, Western Australia, AU
2008
Beaded Bouquet
Easy, beautiful and unique

I made these for my wedding because I wasn't interested in carrying flowers. They were easy, beautiful and I could make them exactly the colours I wanted.

I wouldn't recommend throwing it, but it'll keep forever as a memento or gift.

Tip: for your colours, pick one clear, one or two matching colours, and then one contrast colour. I used clear, amber, and amethyst (purple) on gold wire; and pink, yellow, green and clear on silver wire.

Times and quantities are for one bouquet only. If you're making more than one, get a friend or two to help you, as it's very repetitive work.

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Instructions

  • How to make a beaded flower. Beaded Bouquet - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut your wire into straight lengths with pliers/clippers. We used 24 gauge (0.5mm) wire and cut it into 25 inch lengths for my bouquet, 20 inches for the bridesmaid's bouquets.

    We found that 28 gauge wire was too flimsy to hold up a bead, and larger sizes would have been difficult to fit through the bead-hole.

  • How to make a beaded flower. Beaded Bouquet - Step 2
    Step 2

    Thread the wire through the bead, to the halfway point. Fold the two sides of the wire together, and give them a couple of loose twists.

    If you don't have a cordless drill, here is where you just keep on twisting that wire until it's wound all the way along itself. The drill does give a more polished look, which we preferred. It's also a lot faster, so I really recommend trying to borrow one if you don't have your own.

  • How to make a beaded flower. Beaded Bouquet - Step 3
    Step 3

    Attach a hook to your drill. We used a metal ring from the end of our BBQ tongs, but the end of a wire coat-hanger or any sturdy wire or plastic hook will do. We sort of shoved the hook into the drill, nothing fancy.

  • How to make a beaded flower. Beaded Bouquet - Step 4
    Step 4

    Place the loop of the loosely twisted wire over the hook. Hold on firmly to the ends of the wire.

    Hint: moisturising your hands before doing this makes them too slippery to hold the wire!

  • How to make a beaded flower. Beaded Bouquet - Step 5
    Step 5

    Give the cordless drill a short burst - it will take a few tries to work out what speed you want and how long to do it for. The wire halves will twist around themselves.

  • How to make a beaded flower. Beaded Bouquet - Step 6
    Step 6

    When you've made enough stems, hold them together the way you'd like them to sit. Duct tape around the base of the bouquet. We found this easier to do with two people, one to hold the wires together in a bunch, and one to wrap the tape. Make sure you cover the end, otherwise the ends of the wires will stick out and be too scratchy, or catch on your clothes.

    Bend the wire into whatever shape you like - we had grand plans of shaping them into a dome shape, but settled for spreading them out a bit. The wires are nice and springy, but they will twist around each other.

  • How to make a beaded flower. Beaded Bouquet - Step 7
    Step 7

    Wrap ribbon around the stem to cover the duct tape. This can be done by one person if you like, as the wires will stay in place now. We used about 2 or 3 metres of ribbon, but this will vary depending on how wide your ribbon is and how long you want the trailing ends to be. We used a bit of floral tape to stick the ribbon on at the top and bottom.

    Tie bows, or not, however you like. We liked the look of a simple double knot.

  • How to make a beaded flower. Beaded Bouquet - Step 8
    Step 8

    The final product. Approximately 150 stems. The bridesmaids' bouquets were shorter, with fewer wires, and the flower-girl's bouquet was shorter and smaller again.

    To make 1 bridal bouquet, 3 bridesmaids' bouquets and 1 flower-girl bouquet, it took approximately 10 hours with 3 or 4 of us working as a production line to get to the duct tape stage. This includes time for snacks and glasses of wine :) It then took 2 of us maybe an hour to wrap the all the stems with ribbon.

    It took our flower-girl only 5 minutes to completely unravel her ribbon. If you give one of these to a child, either stick the ribbon down completely so it can't come off (floral tape is good for this), or don't stick it down at all so that repairs are easier :)

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Jeanniece M.
Jeanniece M. · 1 project
These are really nice. I had a large bouquet of flowers for a special occasion and it had crystal stems like these incorporated with the flowers. It was really beautiful.

The lady who made them used really good wire and swarovski crystal. We made earrings!

Thanks for sharing.
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Joanna
Joanna · 4 projects
Wow, these are STUNNING. O_O
And your dresses are beautiful, by the way. Congrats! =)
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Scarlet-Begonias
Scarlet-Begonias · Everett, Washington, US · 15 projects
Thank you SO much! I've been looking everywhere for a how-to for beaded bouquets!!
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Sarah S.
Sarah S. · La Crosse, Wisconsin, US · 5 projects
wow that is so pretty! I think I will keep that in mind to add to my bouquet when ever my boyfriend gets his rear in gear!
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Stephy
Stephy · Murphysboro, Illinois, US · 3 projects
This is so pretty!
What a clever thing to do.
They look great with the dresses, too.
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Julie G.
Julie G. · Perth, Western Australia, AU · 1 project
Michelle A, your bouquet is beautiful, it looks so lush!
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Michelle Ames
Michelle Ames · Hilton, New York, US · 17 projects
I made these for my wedding in 2005. My bouquet had 300 stems and the bridesmaids each had 150. The flowergirl's stems were stuck into styrofoam in a basket that she carried. I, too, used gold wire, with crystals, pearls and pink and amethyst accents.

I made a silk flower bouquet to throw. Happy
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Nix Sidhe
Nix Sidhe · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US · 4 projects
That's really gorgeous. I'd love to do an autumn theme one.
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Julie G.
Julie G. · Perth, Western Australia, AU · 1 project
Thanks everyone! What I like about this idea is that it's so customisable: more ribbons, centerpiece, double the stems, bend the wire into shapes. Whatever you like, it's easy to mix it up.

athenamat, I'm just not a floral kind of girl. I did look at some, but didn't feel comfortable carrying them. But I still wanted to carry something or else I'd end up biting my nails Happy Also, in my area, a lot of flowers are grown elsewhere then transported in, which isn't the best for the flowers or the environment. It just didn't seem like a good fit for me or the occasion - I don't have anything against flowers in general Happy
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CO + K User

Wow these are quite elegant.
Congratulations on your marriage!
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