Traditional flower bouquets can be beautiful, but they can also be rather predictable. For brides looking for a trendier, longer-lasting option, consider making a beaded wedding bouquet. Coming in at a variety of price ranges depending on the types of supplies you use, beaded bouquets do not have to cost a lot, but they can be gorgeous. How intricate or how simple you make the wedding bouquet is up to you.
Collect supplies. Determine your budget and obtain crystal beads and craft wire accordingly. The price of high-end crystals from a jewellery manufacturer will obviously differ from that of crystal-like craft beads from your local store. With your tastes and pocketbook in mind, pick out what will work best for you.
Cut wire into even strands. The specifics are obviously up to the bride, but strands are commonly cut to be between 350 and 750 mm (15 and 30 inches). How many strands make up the bouquet will also vary from wedding to wedding. For bouquets with the simplest beadwork, between 50 and 100 wire strands is likely optimal.
Bead a crystal onto one wire strand, leaving one inch of the strand free above the crystal. Using pliers if necessary, fold the last one inch of wire over to become parallel with the rest of the strand. Twist the 25 mm (one-inch) edge around the strand, effectively creating a firm loop for the bead to securely rest in.
Repeat Step 3 for each remaining wire strand and crystal bead. If a variation is desired, or a more intricate bead design is preferred altogether, modify your crafting accordingly.
Gather all of the beaded strands together and use an extra piece of wire to secure the strands together. Repeatedly wrap the extra wire around the bundle of strands at the place on the bouquet that the bride will hold. Tuck in the edge of the wrapped wire to prevent the bride from poking herself.
Attach a large ribbon around the wrapped wire to hide the extra strand and to give the wedding bouquet a finishing touch. On the day of the wedding, additional measures may be necessary to arrange the beaded wires according to the bride's bouquet preferences.
When choosing a wire, be sure to settle on one that is thick and sturdy enough to hold its own shape, even with the added weight of carrying a crystal bead.
If the metal wires are not securely fastened, the crystal beads will be in jeopardy of falling off and getting lost. Make sure your handiwork in these related steps is tight and efficient.
Things you need
- Silver or gold craft wire
- Wire cutter
- Crystal beads
- Large ribbon