To say I’m excited might just be an understatement. The Summer Blogger Challenge is finally here!
Since our Spring Challenge, I’ve had the honor of working again with some of the most awesome, creative, and fun bloggers on the planet.
We’ve been planning, crafting, and chatting for a few weeks and I’m kind of sad that part is nearly over. But, today is the day we’ve been waiting for and we finally get to share our projects with YOU!
For our Summer Challenge, we’re creating with bright, colorful beads. We all started with the same set of In Bloom by Bead Design beads from Hobby Lobby, then let our creativity take off.
For my project, I went straight to the garden. I decided to add a little bead flair to a bright, summery hanging basket of flowers.
Two summers ago, I found a gorgeous hanging basket of Calibrachoa at Lowe’s. The flowers were stunning, but the beaded hanger was just too much.
So…it came home with me that day.
Of course, when something strikes a chord like that beaded hanging basket did, I’m not satisfied until I try it myself. Later that summer I made one that turned out okay, but not so “stunning”. It’s kind of hanging out in the garden shed now.
But, you know what they say: if at first you don’t succeed…
So when we chose beads for our Summer Challenge, I didn’t have to think long at all to come up with my project: a beaded hanging basket.
Crafting a Beaded Hanging Basket
I started with a basic plastic hanging basket and removed the original hanger. I love these hangers that have the easy on-off clips. You can take them apart without tearing them apart, which is awesome!
This pot also has 3 holes along the top edge, so I didn’t even have to create them. If you have the perfect pot that wasn’t designed for a hanging basket, you can use it anyway and simply drill small holes in the top rim.
I replaced the plastic hanger with a handy wire hanger. This one, designed for orchid baskets, came with four hangers, and my pot only needed 3, so I just snipped one off – easy!
Since the hanger wire was too large to string the beads on, I used a roll of 22 gauge jewelry wire to string them. This worked really well, and I just love this wire because although it’s nice and flexible, it’s also strong and doesn’t break when its twisted tightly – just perfect for this project!
Next, I found a cozy chair, watched a video I had on my wish list, and got busy stringing beads. I considered trying to create a pattern, but thought I’d just keep it simple and fun and go random. I’m so wild, right? 🙂
The Finishing Touches
With beads strung, all I had to do was wrap them around each of the hanger wires. I started at the top and made a tight twist around the ends of the hanger wires, going through a few so that the beads wouldn’t slip down later.
Between every 3 beads, I gave the jewelry wire a tight wrap around the hanger wire to hold it in place, then moved along until I was within a couple of inches of the bottom of the wire.
When all three hanger wires were studded with beads, it was time to put it all together.
First the flowers…
Then the hanger…
Don’t you love it? I love the extra flair it adds to an otherwise plain hanging basket of flowers.
Of course, one of my favorite things about this project was that it was really simple and didn’t take a lot of time. The most time-consuming part was stringing the beads, and since I was multi-tasking, it really didn’t take long at all. Total project time from start to finish was less than one hour.
We’re just getting started! The Summer Challenge bloggers are AWESOME and you have to go by and see what each of them made with their beads!
I’ve only had a sneak peek myself, so I can’t wait to see their full projects, and with beads on sale this week, I’m going to snag some more so I can whip up a few of them too.
Be sure to say hi when you visit, and if you love their projects (I know you will), share them on your favorite social media or email the link to your crafting bestie!
Thanks for joining us for our Summer Challenge, and watch for details for our Fall Challenge coming up in September!
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