Thursday, October 30, 2014

Faux Lavender Seed Bead Flowers DIY






As promised in my post on wrapped rope on glass, here is an easy, and I mean EASY, tutorial on making cute little lavender seed bead flowers. 

      You only need:
  •   Seed beads
  •   Green cloth stem wire (18 gauge)
  •   Hot glue
  •   Cool cup of water


  1. Coat the end of the cloth wire stem with hot glue.  It might get messy but don't worry. 
 * Safety alert: always keep a cup of cool water to douse your fingers in when working with hot glue.  This helps to prevent glue burns!



   2.  Rotate the stem around so the glue settles somewhat evenly.



3.  Dip the glue stem into a small cup of seed beads (I mixed two purple bead colors together to mimic the colors of the flowers on the napkins) and twirl around, coating the glue with beads.



4.  Remove the stem .  .  .  the beads and glue will be soft to shape and manipulate. *Remember the water!






You can add more glue if you want to make the flower larger or to cover any missed areas.





5.  The glue will remain soft for several seconds  .  .  .  to stop movement of the glue and beads, I quickly plunged the flower into a cup of cool water.  You can also put all of your fingers in cool water and touch the beaded flower to set the glue and beads and to stop movement until completely dry.  That's it!  So easy!


Simply Lovely!





Have fun making these!!!


Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!




 















45 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful Gail. I had no idea they would be so simple to make. Great tutorial as always.

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  2. You are a brave girl! Lordy, I hate to get hot glue burns....thanks for that great tip on having cold water on hand. Those seed bead flowers are so very clever. I like your purples (of course) but they could be made in different colors for different occasions too. Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us.

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  3. Very nice and easier than I expected. The last time I worked with beads was when I tried to string them on wire. I gave up after 10 minutes - too much work! I just might give your idea a try though.

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  4. They look so real to me I can't tell they aren't just by looking at the photo:) This is another brilliant idea of yours! So beautiful!

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  5. I had no idea cool water would stop hot glue but makes sense! These flowers are beautiful! I will have to make a few dozen for myself :)

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  6. Wow, these turned out so beautiful! Thanks for sharing :D

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  7. Those are just beautiful Gail! I thought they would be a lot harder! Leave it to you to figure out a simple and gorgeous way to make those!

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  8. Thanks for the tutorial. Got to get a hot glue gun now.

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  9. Beautiful Gail! just beautiful! I can think of a thousand ways to use those....

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  10. How lovely and so simple. Thanks for sharing.

    Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

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  11. wow - you make this look so easy, but I was laughing thinking of the mess I would probably make if I tried to make these! They are beautiful and at first glance I thought they were real! Thanks for stopping by - I appreciate you leaving a comment!

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  12. these are lovely! thanks for sharing the tutorial

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  13. Gorgeous! I love how simple they are to make. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

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  14. This is so gorgeous for how easy you made it look! Thanks for the tip about the cool water...my fingers need it! Visiting from the Merry Monday Link Party #27. Be Well--The Lady Kay

    http://theliberalladykay.com/a-wicked-wreath-for-halloween/

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  15. Gail, this is just so creative. You make it seem so easy and they look so real.

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  16. These are pretty - I like the nice purple color... in more than one shade. :)

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  17. These are beautiful Gail and so ingenious. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  18. Just found you when I saw these beautiful lavenders and am now following. Blessings

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  19. Oh, stop it!!! They are sooooooo very beautiful!!! I will try this soon.....thanks for the info!!!

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  20. Sheer genius loved it!! I bought the finger caps from the mod podge guys and they allow us to touch the hot glue even without getting burnt!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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  21. I love this project! Hot glue burns do not bother me much, I think I will try this!

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  22. Oh these are so clever. Am marking your blog. You make such cool things. Thanks for the tut!!

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  23. Love how your lavender flowers turned out. So creative using beads and a glue gun to make such a pretty bouquet!! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays.
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  24. This is so happening at my house Gail! Love this idea and pinning it for later to add to my Spring Mantle. Thanks for the inspiration! You come up with the greatest ideas :)
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  25. These are beautiful. I saw your napkin jars last week and I just thought the lavender was real! Love how they turned out! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  26. Gail, you are so clever...they came out looking so real.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  27. This is such a neat project. I absolutely love this. I love it so much I am featuring it at our next party. Thanks for the tip about the cool cup of water. I really needed it when I was wrapping rope around that vase. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at The Southern Special.

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  28. That is absolutley adorable. I must try that I have the beads. What a great project and I love lavender too
    Janice

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  29. That's an amazing idea fantastic as always Gail.

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  30. Your project is featured on Make it Monday tonight over at Etcetorize!

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  31. Very cool! I want to try it! I shared on social media.

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  32. OMG I am SO VERY HAPPY that you shared this tutorial!!! I am planning my Celtic Wedding for March 14/21 (we're not sure which of those two dates will be available yet) and have been beating my head against a wall trying to find PRETTY lavendar or Scottish Thistle flowers!!! Here in the states, it's easier to find snipe! LOL!!! Anyway, you've just supplied me with the PERFECT, and REALLY ECONOMICAL way of including this traditional celtic flower in my wedding bouquets, boutenniers and arrangements!!! Thank YOU!!!!

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  33. Gail, thank you so much for this tutorial! When I first saw them, I thought they were beaded and I wasn't even going to try making them. But now that I clicked over from Make It Monday - I am thrilled! I could make these!! These are so very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  34. These are absolutely GORGEOUS !!
    You've done a wonderful job and thank you for the detailed tutorial
    Pinning

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  35. Gail, I love these!!! Thank you so much for contributing on our bowdabra Saturday Crafty Showcase!!

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  36. I love what you did with these containers and seeds. You should include the link to your first post for the seed flowers. I do that often, I'll go back and include the linking posts. For example: http://katspurrfectboutique.blogspot.com/2014/07/first-annual-mad-hatter-tea-party-2014.html On the bottom of the post you see that I went back and linked the future post. I had to go searching for your seed flowers which is fine because it's a lovely tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Gail, These are really pretty! And they look lovely in your jars! I think this is such a clever idea and I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. I was so surprised to see how you made these! They look so pretty they almost have to have been more difficult! :) And having worked with a glue gun only a handful of times, I think you put that warning in for me! ;-)

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  39. Your flowers are gorgeous and the tutorial is easy to follow. Thanks so much for sharing. Best wishes, Darlene

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  40. Your flowers are pretty, Gail. Thanks for another great tutorial!

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  41. I just love how they came out. They look so real. If you add a few drops of essential oil, I bet they'll smell real too!

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  42. What an awesome project! I love how you used beads to make the lavender.

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