Flowers are a popular craft project, and with good reason – they’re beautiful! This project is straightforward, inexpensive, and particularly suits complete beginners. You’ll be using some fundamental beading skills, which will benefit future, more advanced pieces. I very much recommend this tutorial for kids.
- 28-gauge soft wire (45cm/18inch or longer)
- Top-drilled beads of your choice
- Needle nose jewelry pliers
STEP 1 CREATING THE FLOWER SHAPE
Slide five top-drilled faux pearl beads onto the 28 gauge wire. Then slide the right side of the wire through the leftmost bead, then tighten the wire until the beads resemble a flower shape.
STEP 2 WRAPPING THE FLOWER
One wrap is not enough for those top-drilled beads to sit tightly together. We need to wrap the flower further to fix the beads. Therefore the wrapping technique is the key to this project’s success. Each flower needs five wraps, and the final shape looks like a star. Remember, for each wrap, the wire goes through two adjacent beads, both front, and back. Once a flower is complete, twist the wire together tightly.
STEP 3 MAKING MORE FLOWERS
Bend one side of the wire and slide five top-drilled beads onto it. Repeat the wrapping process described in step 2. Twist the wire a little bit once the second flower is complete, and then create the third flower. Make the leaf by adding a single bead on both sides of the flowers.
At last, finish the piece up by making a closed loop at the end.
Again, you can use the complete piece for many different purposes: earrings, necklaces, hairpieces, etc.