Friday, April 2, 2010

Do-it-yourself beaded/flowered vines

I love the flowery, blingy vines that are popular right now. Making my own was easy, it just took a little time and the right materials. I used to make jewelry, so I have plenty of wire and gemstones on hand that I hardly use anymore.

To begin, fold a floral wire in half, you can use either white or green for this. I chose white. If you want to, you can use glimmer mist to color it as well. Wrap one half of the wire around the other until you reach the end. You will have a piece of wire about 6-7 inches long at this point. This is the "stem".

Begin making the branches for the vine. I threaded gems onto floral wire, and twisted one end to keep them in place.

For the flowers, I threaded floral wire through the center hole (many have a hole for brads) and twisted one end back around the other. Then I pinched the flower together, and wrapped the extra wire around the base to keep it in it's place.

For the leaves, I simply took a few Prima leaves and made a hole in them with my paper piercer. I threaded floral wire through them, just like the flowers.

After all the branches were done, I began to assemble the vine by wrapping them around the stem. It may take a little time to get the branches on in a design that is pleasing to the eye, but the results are worth it. To add a bit of color and interest to my vine, I wrapped a little gold wire around it as well.

Here's the layout I used this vine on, it works perfectly!


Adrienne Pierce said...

That is so cool! Can't wait to try! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Jessie Lubyk said...

Wow, that is super cool. I think I'm going to try it sooner than later (love the layout as well). tfs

Heather said...

This is awesome!

MadebyGenieS said...

you are so creative in making these embellies--very cool!