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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fairy Charms Tutorial


The little charms I made for my garden supports are super easy and very inexpensive. Savannah and I started a moderately massive bead collection when she was little, and we still have a lot of plastic beads, which is all that was used for this project. The flower beads are from Walmart; they come in a small packet in assorted colors with leaves included. Convenient.
 
Select your beads and some thin galvanized wire and let's do this.
Cut your wire 18" long.
For the first bead, I used one with a dangle to give the charm a little movement. These particular beads were from a necklace I picked up at a thrift shop for 50 cents and then took apart. It wasn't my style, but the beads were a very pretty pinky-purple with a little gold dust through them.
Fold the wire in half and crimp it. The two lengths of wire should be even and together.
After that, thread a small crystal over BOTH lengths of wire, then a flower bead.
Then a leaf.
From there, it's largely preference. 
If you don't have a dangling bead, a round one is an easy substitute. Thread the wire through, fold it in half, and give it a twist.
Then pile on the beads!
That's it. Five minutes. I love how they look, and other than GARDEN CHARMS, they make adorable lamp pulls, fan pulls, purse charms, etc. Use your imagination, and if you decide to try this out, please do share the results!

7 comments:

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Super cute and easy! I will look for those flowers at WM, they really make them special. We have a massive amounts of leftover plastic beads and wire too so the rest should be cheap and easy!

-heather

Life in Rehab said...

Heather, the little bags of beads were only a dollar or so if I recall, so yes, it's a very affordable little embellishment!

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The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Saw you over at Room To Inspire's link party. These are great and since like most of us...I have TONS of leftover beads, a great way to use them.

Room to Inspire said...

What a great project and a great way to use odds and ends - we all have them! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.

Chelsea

Fawnda said...

What a cute idea! I love it! :)

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Very cute. Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.