Last month, I participated in a DIY Date hosted by Louise from Laid Off Mom. Louise is a crafter, blogger, mother, friend, and daily inspiration to me, and last month she invited us to join her in the online version of a Girls' Night Out crafting extravaganza. Each month, she picks the medium (last month it was washi tape), gives us a couple of weeks to craft, and then blogs about our creations and adds them to a Pinterest board, too! So fun, right? She also opens up the party to the readers of her blog, so that we can create a whole crafting community -- LOVE! :-)
Which brings me to this month. The crafting medium that Louise chose was beads. When I first read the e-mail that she sent out to us, I thought - Oh my gosh, I'm going to have to make jewelry. And I don't even know how to make jewelry. But then my mind went to other things. What would it look like if I decorated something with incredibly tiny beads...almost giving it a caviar manicure-look. I knew that I wanted to make something for my mom -- I always love crafting for her -- which, by the way, mom, if you're reading this, stop! I still have to bring this to your house! ;-)
So, here we go!
Beaded Glass Hurricanes
What You'll Need
-2 Glass Hurricanes
-A foam brush
-Very small beads -- color of your choice
-Shallow serving dish
1. Empty your beads into the dish. If you have different colors of beads, zhush 'em up with your hands!
2. I chose gold and silver because 1) I love those colors together and 2) around the Holidays, these will be pretty and decorative!
The next few steps, I didn't get photos of because they went so quickly.
3. Dip your foam brush into the Mod Podge and brush a fairly-thick layer of the adhesive to the bottom rim of your hurricane.
4. Start by rolling your hurricane in the beads, and when that gets a little bit messy, sprinkle the beads onto your hurricane and lightly press. If you are like me, you will get beads all over the floor. This is not what I would call a mess-free project! ;-)
5. Turn the hurricane upside-down in order for the Mod Podge/beads to dry. Repeat with other hurricane.
I left mine like this for several hours.
6. If you are not totally satisfied with your bead coverage, paint another layer of Mod Podge around the beads, and roll/place again. I would definitely do this after it has dried some, though.
7. If you are wanting beads around the top rim of the hurricane, paint some Mod Podge around the rim, and then press the rim into the platter of beads, much like you would adorn a margarita glass with salt or sugar.
See? Pretty. And drying. But mostly pretty.
8. Let dry overnight, and then marvel at the loveliness the next morning.
This project cost me $18 to make (although it would have been less if I had used thrifted hurricanes), and took maybe 45 minutes of actual crafting time...however drying time was longer. I would say that no matter what, you are going to want to let these dry overnight...just in case. Some excess beads do fall off, but if you put enough Mod Podge, there won't be any "holes" where the beads should be!
I hope you enjoyed this project! It is simple, and it looks cute when it is finished! Make sure you check out Louise's blog for more awesome bead projects. And her Pinterest board, too! You can also check out the craft I made for last month's DIY Date! And, on a housekeeping note, I am so excited to start a new series on the blog next week (I know, total teaser!) that I thought of last night. It's gonna be fun, people! ;-)
Enjoy your Monday!
Beads...what would you make with them?