Our DIY Wedding Revisited #7: Decorative Beads on Wires

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Left: wedding bouquet
Center: centerpiece
Right: corsage

In the spring of 2009, I “married” my husband three times! First we filed the legal paperwork to be married (it’s a very cut and dry ordeal in S. Korea), then we had a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, and lastly, we had a wedding reception in California. This series is dedicated to the last event, which was truly my DIY masterpiece. Nearly every aspect of our travel-themed wedding was a DIY project that I poured my heart into. With my fourth wedding anniversary around the corner, I’m feeling full of love and generosity! I hope you enjoy this series of DIY wedding projects!

Today’s project: Decorative Beads on Wires

In my previous post, I discussed tips on being your own wedding florist. One of the key tips for creating a relatively stress free floral project is to restrict your flowers to one main choice. That’s not to say that your flowers won’t have any accompaniment. However, instead of companion flowers (which equals more money, time and potentially stress), I decided to use non-living decorative accents.

These decorative beads on wires are a perfect accent. It’s a very affordable way to add a beautiful bit of elegance to floral arrangements, the wedding cake, and even the bride’s hair. Plus, by making it a DIY project, I was able to completely customize the look of the beads by selecting the color and shape I wanted.

DECORATIVE BEADS ON WIRES

TOOLS:

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  • power drill (remove the drill bit and use a cup hook instead)
  • 22 guage steel wire (in both silver and green)
  • glass beads (tear-shaped, clear and green)
  • pliers
  • C-Clamp (not shown).

Then I proceeded with the following steps:

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  1. Cut the wires into sections (my sections were about 28″ long). Then thread a bead and fold the wire in half. Next, clamp the open ends to a sturdy surface, like a table end.
  2. Next, VrRrOoOoOM! It’s time for the power drill! Use it to twist the wire on itself.
  3. When you’re finished, you’ll notice a gap where the hook was, so….
  4. Use the pliers to hold the twisted wire, and hand-twist the beaded end to eliminate the gap.

VOILA! Beautiful beaded decor that’s ready to use. The wires can easily be cut or shaped/curled as needed. As you can see from the picture at the beginning of this post, I used these liberally in my wedding bouquet, table centerpieces and corsages/bouts. I also gave a handful of these to my baker to add to our wedding cake. I’ve even seen wedding bouquets made entirely of these beaded wires, so if that suits your wedding style, then go for it!

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4 responses »

  1. Pingback: Our DIY Wedding Revisited #8: Wedding Corsage and Boutonnieres | Jenny Lee's Jottings

  2. Pingback: Our DIY Wedding Revisited #9: Wedding Bouquet | Jenny Lee's Jottings

  3. Pingback: Our DIY Wedding Revisited #10: Table Centerpieces for a Travel-Themed Wedding | Jenny Lee's Jottings

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