How to make beaded curtain tie backs

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How to make beaded curtain tie backs
Transform beads into colourful curtain tie-backs. (beads image by Florence from Fotolia.com)

Small accessories can elevate a room's decor from plain to posh. A curtain's tie backs let the sun shine in, but they also accent the curtain itself. Beaded tie backs are simple to make yourself. The materials cost a few pounds at a craft shops, but will look like a custom accessory put together by a decorator. Choose beads in colours to complement the curtain material, or in wood or metallic tones.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wire cutters
  • Beading wire
  • Split ring
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimping tool
  • Assorted seed and decorative beads
  • Two 2.5 cm (1 inch) or larger metal rings
  • Two larger -- by 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) or more beads
  • Needle nose pliers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut five 30 cm (12 inch) pieces of beading wire and two 15 cm (6 inch) pieces of wire.

  2. 2

    Wrap one end of each of the two 15 cm (6 inch) pieces of wire around the split ring to start your tassel.

  3. 3

    Slip a crimp bead onto both wires together and over the ends of the wire next to the split ring. Crimp with the crimping pliers.

  4. 4

    String beads onto the wires. Use a combination of decorative beads and seed beads. String beads almost to the end and finish by slipping on a crimp bead, then your final bead.

  5. 5

    Wrap the wire around the final bead, feed it back through the crimp bead and crimp with the crimping tool. Snip off any excess wire with the wire cutters. Set aside this tassel.

  6. 6

    Bend one end of each of the five longer pieces of wire over a 2.5 cm (1 inch) or larger metal ring. Use needle nose pliers to bend the wires securely around the ring. Twist the wire tightly several times around itself to secure it. Slip a large bead over all five wires and over the twisted wire.

  7. 7

    String beads separately onto the five wires. Use a combination of seed beads and small wooden, metallic, glass or ceramic beads. String beads to 15 cm (6 inches) from the end of the wires.

  8. 8

    Attach the tassel to your tie-back by slipping the split ring over all five wires. Continue beading the wires individually until you reach 5 cm (2 inches) from the end of the wires.

  9. 9

    Thread the ends of all the wires through a large bead. Wrap the wire ends around a second 2.5 cm (1 inch) or larger metal ring and twist securely. Cut excess wire with the wire cutters and slide the large bead down to cover the wrapped wire.

Tips and warnings

  • Use heavy-duty wire for heavier curtains.
  • Omit the tassel for a more stream-lined look.

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