November 22, 2010

Bead Wreath

I'm jumpin' on the wreath bandwagon.  There have been so many marvelous wreaths blogged lately!  It's such an easy and fun way to spice up your front door, your mantel or a wall.  Here's what I did with some beads.  What do you think?

Glue gun with extra glue sticks (lots of em)
Styrofoam wreaths (I did two little ones but you can do any size!)
Beads (I got natural wood beads @ Michaels.)
Pretty Mexican oilcloth to protect your table (totally optional!!)

Start gluing!  It's seriously so easy and I did it during naptime.  
(By the way, do you see the bite marks on the styrofoam?  I totally let Ginger chew it while we walked around Michael's.  A mom's gotta do..... )
I didn't bead all the way around--just enough so that when flush against the wall there was no green styrofoam showing.  I wanted it to lay nice and flat. BUT, I do think I will go back and bead all the way around because I like it in my window and I don't want any green showing when you are looking in.

Here it is hanging in the window with a red grosgrain ribbon.  It's so versatile that you could just change the ribbon for the season.  I toyed with spraypainting it because I was originally inspired by this awesome acorn wreath but I do like the color of the beads with my chestnut woodwork.  Maybe in the future I will when I tire of it?

And again on my mantel.  Another idea for these is to put on a table with a big pillar candle in the middle.  Could be another reason not to bead all the way around....crafter's choice!

Have fun!


Aiming4Simple said...

Very inspiring. I think I might make a similar type of wreath but use acorns, since they can be had for free!

Colleen said...

Looks great, Flann. And actually, when I first looked at the picture, I thought it was an acorn wreath!

Colleen said...

Actually, saying I thought it was an acorn wreath makes me sound like an idiot since they are all different colors! What I meant to say is that I thought it was a wreath with a variety of actual nuts. Very pretty!

Jen said...

Stealing this. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Jen said...

Stealing this! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Flannery Buchanan said...

@Aiming4Simple--I hear ya on the free. I couldn't find enough acorns to round up plus I saw these beads and got the idea in my head.


Jen-steal away! Let us know if you try it!

Allison said...

Love love LOVE it on the mantle!!!

Shannon @ The House Creative said...

Very cute in the window! Love it!

Molly Hammond said...

i love all of the colors on your mantle!

It's A Priceless Life said...

I love the colors and the texture of this wreath!!! May have to try this one! I'm your newest follower...come check out my blog when you have a chance. :-)
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Stephanie said...

What a great idea. Love it. :)

Madigan at madiganmade said...

This is gorgeous! Love the fullness and texture.

Allison said...

Woot! You already know how much I love this! :-)

Thanks for linking up to Tell Me Tuesday at Vintage Pollyanna!

Allison said...

Picked this project as a fave from last week's link party! Go grab yourself a button!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

So cute! I haven't seen one made with beads though - the natural colors make it perfect for year-round decor. I love all the DIY wreaths everyone's making!

Tasha said...

Love this! I HAVE to make one! LOL!
Thanks for sharing!
I hope you don't mind me featuring this at my blog today!
Have a great day!
P.S. I am your newest follower!

Cathy said...

What a great idea!! I have a box of old multi-colored wood beads and I love the look hanging in the window! Thank you for the inspiration!!!!!

Three Sisterz said...

thanks Cathy! Post a picture of your wreath on our FB page~ we'd love to see it!